The Book Nook

*It’s true, I really can read!

THE BOOK: Room by Emma Donoghue


My feeble thoughts: Side note – Hubs swung by the library to grab us some free reads for our trip to California.  He picked out this book for me so I could stay home and focus on what really mattered: packing each of my outfits with the proper shoes and accessories.

This book’s premise is straight out of the news headlines.  It’s a story of a woman kidnapped and held captive in a tiny room for many years, completely closed off from the outside world.  Through the course of abuse, she gives birth to a son named Jack and their story is told through his narrative.  I must admit, I found his narrative a shade gimmicky and difficult to parse at first.  But, soon, I really started to enjoy curious Jack and the little world “Ma” has tried to create for him, despite the desperate circumstances.  I would say I found the first half of the book much more exciting than the latter, but it was a good book nonetheless.

Grade: B+

Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? I think so.

What I am reading now: Hubs also picked up Say Her Name (and now I have a Destiny’s Child song stuck in my head) by Francisco Goldman, which I just started this week.  I’ll keep you posted.  What are you all reading this summer?

8 thoughts on “The Book Nook

  1. I actually checked out two copies of this book so Candace and I could read it at the same time during the trip, and talk about it as we go (I’ve always meant to do this). I echo her sentiments: the child’s narration felt a little gimmicky and annoying at first, but as I got accustomed to the writing I became more engrossed in the story.

    I’m reading Luminarium now (just started). The rest of the books on my “to-read” list are constantly shown as checked out or missing/stolen at the library.

  2. That is so fun! I am reading THE WATCHERS with Heidi and Levi. I saw them this weekend and we forgot to discuss it. It is set in Switzerland and I am not sure what is going on. I think a Swiss mentally challenged adult, a American high price hooker and an English down on his luck detective are supposed to save the world. The premise of your book is icky. Does it come across that way? I am also re-reading Martha Grimes – Richard Jury books. Yum. An American writing an English mystery with the most divine Inspector. Good Book Report thecandace. lv mamap

    • You’ll have to fill me in on what you think of The Watchers, it sounds like a dynamic set of characters and cute plot. How adorable that you are reading along with Levi and Heidi too!

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