Monday, March 19, 2012
I am probably the last person on the planet to read ROOM, but if not, if you still haven't read it. Do it. Immediately. But carve out a full day where you do nothing but turn pages (or sleep because you were up all night reading). Usually I am NOT one of those people that stays up too late reading - reading makes me sleepy at night, and I'm lucky if I get five pages in before nodding off. Not ROOM. Started the book on Thursday, stayed up reading and reading and reading, and couldn't wait to get all my pesky chores done on Friday so I could curl up and finish it.
While you're scheduling, add in at least 2-3 days of "after thought" and grieving. You will not stop thinking about this book, and to pick up a new one too quickly, feels like a betrayal. You're not ready. The book must be properly grieved.
Also, warn all your friends and family that you'll be able to speak of NOTHING else while said reading and grieving are taking place. You will be CONSUMED by this book. If you are a writer you'll be tempted to throw your computer out the window, you'll think and I call myself a writer.
Terry recommended this book to me over a year ago, and it took me that long to decide I could "handle it." It's the story of a woman and her son who are held captive in an 11x11 foot room. If the book had been told from her perspective it would have been too much to bear, but it's told through the eyes of her five-year-old son, Jack. Jack is loved and cherished and has what every child wants: a devoted mother, all to himself. He thinks life inside the room is great.
If you are a parent that would do anything for your child, this is the book for you. If you like a thriller, this is the book for you. If you want to forget all your problems and become obsessed with someone else's for the time being, this is the book for you.
For more information on ROOM, click here.