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Subject: Room by Emma Donaghue
Date Posted: 8/19/2011 1:27 PM ET
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Well, I did it.  I gave up on Room.  I just could NOT get past Jack's talking.  I know several reviews said it got better but I have way too many books to waste my time.  I also have Jayce Dugard's book on my Kindle and I don't know...............I feel sort of like Room is in "poor taste" considering she actually did live in a similar situation.  I can't really explain what I'm feeling.  Almost like the fiction book trivializes JD or something. 

But anyway, it's wrapped and on its way to someone else!

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 1:21 AM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2011
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I'm glad you gave up on it if you're not enjoying it. Life's too short, and there are too many books to read! (And it helps that I have it on my WL, although I will probably get it through the library before PBS.)

I read somewhere that the author of Room wrote the story after hearing about a similar case in real life. I think that's interesting.

I've also got Jaycee's memoir on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to it. (Is that a weird way to feel about Jaycee's memoir? Hopefully, you'll know what I mean.)

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Date Posted: 8/26/2011 7:30 PM ET
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Jack's speech didn't bother me to the point of quitting the book but I do think it was unnecessary. There's no valid reason the kid would speak like that. His mother spoke to him normally and he watched plenty of television and he was 5, old enough to understand pronouns. She also made an effort to educate him so she would have stopped him from speaking that way. So short of some kind of mental problem there was no reason to make him speak that way and that bothered me. I also think it would have been a better book if it had ended when they got out. Too much didn't add up in the second part.

Donaghue claims her book was finished before Jaycee was found. It was just spooky timing.

Date Posted: 9/18/2011 1:23 AM ET
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I'm with you Sandra, I couldn't read it anymore.

Date Posted: 9/18/2011 1:12 PM ET
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Not to hijack, but holy $*# Melissa, your icon is the stuff of nightmares.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2011 8:55 PM ET
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I almost quit that book after the first 20 pages.  I had a hard time with Jack's language as well.  I stuck in there and got sucked in to the story.   I couldn't put it down.  Finished it in 2 days.  I'm glad I stuck it out.

Date Posted: 10/2/2011 3:08 AM ET
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Wow!  This is the first time I've heard bad reviews of the book.  I loved it passionately.  I had a visceral reaction to it.  I kept having to get up and walk around because it made me so nervous.  I love that an author can use the same words I use, but put them together in such a wonderful way. 

And I loved Jack's language.  To me it makes total sense.  "Bed" was the only one he knew about.  There was only one in his world. 

I'm sorry that it didn't do it for you guys.  It really energized me.

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 3:12 PM ET
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As I said in another post it was hard to get into at first but I was glad I stuck it out.  I liked it, not sure I loved it.  I was worried that the whole book would be "them on the inside", I was glad when the story turned.  I did read in about a day, so I guess I kept me interested, I did like the characters, especially the mom.

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 11:15 PM ET
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I am just to the point where they are out.  I am wondering if maybe his language is the way it is because she didn't really want to educate him about the outside so he wouldn't want something that he couldn't have at the time?  Just a thought that passed through my mind at this point in the story for me.

Date Posted: 11/18/2011 2:15 PM ET
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The way Jack talked bothered me, but what almost made me put the book down was The Tooth. That was unnecessary and completely disgusting. I agree with the comment that the book should have ended when they escaped.

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 11:31 PM ET
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I quit the book too, because I hated the VOICE of the book.

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 8:26 PM ET
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I read it for a bookclub.  I'm not sure I would have stuck with it otherwise, but ended up liking it.