Ok this book and the entire series is my guilty little pleasure. I am picked on relentlessly about this from my husband and friends but honestly? I do...moreOk this book and the entire series is my guilty little pleasure. I am picked on relentlessly about this from my husband and friends but honestly? I don't care.
These books are not for everyone. But they are fun. And if you take them at face value, they are a fun quick read for anyone who loves a forbidden love story crossed with the supernatural.
I first picked up the book at a clearance sale at my favorite bookstore after I seen the poster for the upcoming movie release. I needed a new book to read and I was in the mood for some romance and some supernatural. And it was on for less than half price. I figured I would eventually get to it but didn't expect it to cast me under its spell. Read the book in a couple of days, and then went back to buy all of the other books in the series.
There are a lot of things I could point out about this book that bug me, but at the end of the day, it doesn't stop me from reading them. They are my guilty little pleasure and I enjoy them far more than I don't. (less)
**spoiler alert** The concept of the book is what made me decide to read this.
I don't love or hate this book but it is interesting and I'm glad that...more**spoiler alert** The concept of the book is what made me decide to read this.
I don't love or hate this book but it is interesting and I'm glad that I read it. The book is about a woman abducted and forced to live in a locked room. Her captor rapes her and she ends up having a son who was born in the room and knows nothing of the outside world. His life is this room. The entire story is from the sons perspective and the story starts at the sons 5th birthday. If the book was told by the mother, this would be a very factual and depressing story, but by telling it in the perspective of the son, it helps lift the depressing feelings of captivation, rape, and isolation. The book easily captured my attention and even though the language and grammar used by the child can sometimes frustrate you, I found it hard to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading, I wanted to know what happened and I wanted to know how Jack (the child) would react to it all.
The child knows nothing but Room and when they finally make their escape from Room and Old Nick (the captor) its interesting to read about the child's understanding of the world around him that he didn't know existed til now. While his vocabulary is limited, you are still able to understand what is happening around him. You sympathize with him. As I read the book, I found myself moving from sympathizing with him to trying to put myself in his shoes. The book is eye opening. Its definitely not for everyone. Regardless of how it was written the topics are the same: abduction, rape, isolation, escape and adjusting. These feelings will surface if you read this book even if its in the limited vocabulary of a 5 year old. For instance, the son, Jack, talks about the rape as he listens to it from the wardrobe he hides in. He refers to it as counting the squeaking as them jumping on the bed til Old Nick makes a sound because he does not understand that Old Nick is raping his mother, but you know that when he is counting the squeaks, its not them jumping on the bed, its sex.
I would honestly rate this book 3.5 stars. Its an interesting read but I think you have to be in the mood to read something like this. If the use of proper grammar is important to any book you read, you may wish to skip it. If you enjoy being around children and can understand their thought process, this book may be easier for you to read. The topic is serious and sometimes depressing. But its delivered through the eyes of an innocent. The book will leave its hooks in you after you finish it. I find myself reflecting on the book and my own life in general upon completion. (less)