If you’re looking through reviews of Room, wondering whether or not to try it, my advice would be to stop looking, and experience the book without any preconceptions.
I knew the basic premise, of a 5 year old boy’s view of his captive life in a small room, and that was all. Once I started, I found the book very hard to put down. Jack’s view of his world is so well done, and as others have said, I now miss his thoughts and his voice.
So go on, stop reading the reviews, and move on to the book! 🙂
For those who would like to know a little more…
Room opens on Jack’s fifth birthday. His mother, who he calls Ma, was kidnapped seven years ago, and has been held captive in a small room ever since. It is therefore all that Jack knows.
His voice is one of innocence, so as we learn more about their situation, and his mother’s experiences, it’s told in a simple way – which somehow makes it more heartbreaking.
The second half of the book is told after they manage to escape, and as you would expect, they both have difficulty adapting. Some reviewers have said that they would have liked to have heard Ma’s side of the story during this second half. I wouldn’t have wanted to lose Jack’s voice, but Ma’s may have added something. Because, that’s my only real criticism of the book, that the second half seems to go on just a tiny bit too long. I personally wanted more of their life together, before the escape – of Ma’s love and patience, and of Jack’s innocent views. However, adding Ma’s voice to the second half may also have been a solution.
This isn’t however, enough to distract from a fascinating book. Despite the subject matter, it’s actually a warm, uplifting story. You can’t help but fall in love with them both, and it’s a story that won’t leave me for some time.