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Room by Emma Donoghue
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really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2016

This book was as interesting and twisted as I hoped it would be! The writing style was slightly jarring and I got one sentence into the audiobook before going NOPE (annoying child voice... argh), but I did end up enjoying it once I got further into it!

This book's main selling point is that it's not just your average trauma story of being locked in isolation-- it's told through the eyes of a child, and that room is all he's known for his entire life. I went into this expecting almost a thriller, a "will they get out of that situation???" type of storyline, but I was wrong. This follows more of a "can they get out, and when they do, can they live normally in the outside world after being locked up for so long?" And I liked that version more than I thought I would. Although half way through this book it wrapped itself up and felt very weird to continue onward, I did enjoy seeing the character progress throughout the end of the book, and although I wish we could have seen from someone other than Jack's perspective (he got exhausting and frustrating after a while), I think this would be a REALLY good book to discuss amongst friends and I'm sure the movie is very jarring.

There were certain points that gave me chills so bad that I had to put the book down, just because the severity of what these characters went through was so chilling, and all of it is undermined by the fact that the entire thing is told from the perspective of someone that's too young to understand. I just think this book brings up great controversies, was a tragic story of a mother and son who had to go through hell, and it was just as gripping and unforgettable as I hoped it would be. My only complaint is the pacing throughout the middle of it, and Jack's voice growing irritating after a while.
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Reading Progress

July 22, 2016 – Started Reading
July 22, 2016 – Shelved
July 22, 2016 –
page 188
58.57% "Honestly i've reached a point where I'm just thinking "i'm ready for this to be over""
July 23, 2016 – Finished Reading
September 5, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016

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Glad I picked this book up then. I found it at good will for a buck so hopefully I will enjoy it too when I get around to it :)

Whitney Atkinson Katie wrote: "Glad I picked this book up then. I found it at good will for a buck so hopefully I will enjoy it too when I get around to it :)"

Yeah it's really easy to find in used bookstores! I would say it's worth it if you can find it that cheap!

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