I was three chapters into ROOM when I knew it was going to be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. While the story and its premise are disturbing and raw --- a young woman has been kidnapped, and during her captivity has borne a child who she is trying to raise with as normal a life as possible --- I could not tear myself away from the pages. I had to find out what was going to happen to Jack and Ma, as well as Old Nick. The voice of Jack, the five-year-old boy who is at the heart of ROOM, is unforgettable. He’s innocent and sharp as well as endearing. Picturing him in the 11 x 11 world that he has come to know as home will break your heart, but reading his words will remind you that joy can be found even in the midst of devastating sadness. And there are moments when Jack’s view of the world will just make you smile and even laugh.
I will not be alone in selecting ROOM for special notice and attention. Praise for this book has been coming from all over since we heard about it before Book Expo America in May. And that makes me smile.
And beyond the words, the packaging for this book is perfect; the crayon-lettered title captures the tone and feel so perfectly. You can picture Jack’s mom working with him to form them, looking over his shoulder and encouraging him. It will remind you of the simple joys of childhood and the times when happiness can be delivered in small bites.