Published – September 13th 2010
Classification – Fiction
Summary – Jack is five years old and has lived in Room his whole life. Ma makes breakfast, and they do their stretches and exercise all within the four walls. At the end of the day, he sleeps in Wardrobe with the door closed so Old Nick can’t see him during Old Nick’s nightly visits. Never have been outside of Room, Jack has to be very brave to pull off Ma’s escape plan.
Thoughts: I wanted to be emotionally prepared to be drawn into “Ma” and Jack’s world. Room was sitting in the pile of books by my nightstand for a few months before I could summon up the courage to open it up and start reading.
Yet, when I finally read it, I was shocked I wasn’t as moved by the story as much as I expected to be. Yes it was a sad and intriguing story, but it lacked to touch on some of the heartbreak and suffering Jack and Ma had to go through. Maybe it was the child’s point of view that didn’t allow me to fully engage with Room. Maybe it was lack of backstory from Ma’s time in captivity which I wrongfully assumed I was going to read about. I’m not sure. Perhaps I should read another book written from a child’s point of view to see if the innocents of the child takes away the depth of a story.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read it. I definitely wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. But…(don’t hate me for this)… you can basically get all that you need to know from the book’s Wikipedia page.
That being said, I think other readers will enjoy this read.
Conclusion: I thought I’d be more emotionally engaged with Room than what I was.
Was this just me? Have you read Room? What did you think? How does the movie compare? What are some other books written from a child’s point of view that I should pick up?