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September 25, 2010


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Linsey Krolik

I love your reading on ROOM. It is hard to tell people how amazing this book is without giving too much away. It really is a fantastic book - so much to think about and discuss.

I thought Ma was incredibly patient with answering all of Jack's questions actually - I was impressed as a parent. I don't think I have that kind of patience! But she also had time....something that was discussed in the book. They had nothing but TIme in Room.

When they emerged into Outside, I think Ma was incredibly overloaded as well. And she reached her limit (obviously). It would be so interesting to see what Jack looked like as an adult. Would you ever get over something like that? Kids are pretty resilient, but this situation was extreme.

GREAT book.


I've read so many great things about this book, but I just can't bring myself to read it.


Loved the book and love your blog site! It is so beautifully organized!

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue here. I quite agree, Ma gets cranky in Outside: because she can afford to. I suppose my hope is that, by that point in the book, readers will have developed enough loyalty to her that they'll bear with her all-too-human falling apart...
Note to those who can't bring themselves to read ROOM: it won't leave you depressed, I promise. I wouldn't do that to my ideal busy-mom reader...


Wow! Great review. I loved the book, and it is NOT the kid of book I typically pick up. I'm glad it was part of the FLTW book club.


NPR interviewed the author yesterday and I got to listen to almost all of it on the way home - I can't resist the buzz on this book - it's on my TBR list!!


I want to read this one but I know that I need to be in a certain mood to pick it up. I tend to go for depressing books myself but not because I like dark, depressing topics, just because those types of books tend to have more issues to discuss.

mari (bookworm with a view)

Gayle, We are discussig Room tonight for the Manic Mommies Book Club. We are still hoping the author might join us - she confirming her schedule.

Talk about dark... this fall I read Still Missing (abduction and you feel the pain/agony), i'd know you anywhere (a woman who was abducted, 20 years later her abductor reaches out to her while on death row) and then Room!

Great review!

nicole langan

Loved the review! thanks for sharing.


Nicely done. You give a great perspective of the book without giving too much away. I hope you get off your depressing book kick soon...


This is not the type of book I normally read. I wasn't aware that it was also about their life in the real world afterward though, and that part is more appealing to me than the captivity.


"and a woman who so desires to be the librarian of her own night bookmobile that she gives her life to do so." ... Wow. That plot's definitely a bit... out there. & my mind just keeps coming back to the question, "why didn't she just go to Grad School to become a librarian? Two years & some student loans & she would've been set!"
However, if the author of that book actually managed to execute that plot in a truly heartfelt, touching, depressing manner, then he/she has officially earned my respect!

&, God, I've been looking for an excuse to recommend this book to somebody for ages, & if you're currently into books on depressing & slightly unconventional topics: Help at Any Cost by Maia Szalavitz. I haven't read it, because the horrors that book is about were the horrors that every aspect of my life was about for years, & it would just upset me I'm sure. Oh, & you should definitely be forewarned that it's not a memoir in any tradition form that entertains the same linear plot line from start to finish et. al. , but rather a compilation of true (& definitely depressing) stories that are aimed at informing just as much as it aims at keeping the reader interested & reading [not that the two can't coincide]. Then again, I haven't even read the damn book, so I'm just guessing.

... Fuck, you know, you're probably just better off reading the reviews of the book on Amazon or something & not dealing with that book in its entirety itself. It's just an issue I have to promote whenever I can, since it seems no matter what anybody does its simply ignored (a friend of mine killed herself three years ago hoping it would make a difference & shut down at least one of those many horrible programs; however, the program just slandered her senseless & nothing happened whatsoever).


I loved your review! I may be reading this one tomorrow for the readathon, and I'm looking forward to this even more.


I'm intrigued. Not a book that I would normally read because I have enough to deal with in my own life, but I loved your review, so I will put it on my list.


This sounds like another interesting book. I feel like I'll never get to all the good ones you've reviewed.

Emma--I'm a busy-dad reader. I want to be "ideal" too! ;-)

Romantic Movies

Great review! I have been looking forward to this novel. I read Donoghue's Slammerkin and was really captivated by her writing. Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the post!

Susan B

I finished this last night, so came back and read your review and the comments in full. I was very impressed by this book. Parts are upsetting, of course, but Jack's spirit is so delightful that I chuckled a lot while reading. I also thought Grandma was a great character who, like Ma, was overwhelmed but doing her absolute best under the circumstances. I loved the ending, too - it was very moving.


I really hesitated to read this book as I have little to no tolerance for difficult plots involving children. But I am so happy I read it - what an original, well-written book. It has really stayed with me (Ok, I just finished it yesterday) and really the world does seem a bit different, and I keep thinking of Jack and his thoughts. Loved it.

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