A few months ago all (and I really mean pretty much 'all') of my friends were reading this book. Actually they were raving about this book. So I asked the stupid question: "Isn't it depressing?" The friend I asked said: 'You'd think so but it really isn't." (actually the question was pretty smart - believing the answer was stupid) Think about it ... a 19 year old girl is kidnapped and held by a sexual predator for eight years. Now she and her 5 year old son are living in Room. How can that not be depressing?
Don't get me wrong, 'ROOM' is a seriously great book. Easy to read. Flows well. The characters are well developed and, given that I know nothing about how a person might behave in a situation like this, felt real to me. Ma is an amazing woman - she really rises to the occasion. Her creativity in raising a well rounded child under the circumstances speaks volumes to maternal instinct. Her son is her life.
Jack is sweet and smart and impossible not to love. His insights about life Outside show us a new way to look at things we tend to take for granted.
I am seriously glad I read this book ... BUT ... it is depressing.