Beth Damiano, January 01, 2012
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'Room' is told through the eyes of a five year old, with a child's innocence, strength, and confusion. The background of the story itself is a young woman kidnapped and forced to live in a one room shed that she eventually shares with the child she has by her captor. Their room, their prison, looks like any ordinary shed in any ordinary backyard. That very simplicity makes the story that much more terrifying.
The narrator, this child, outlines the day-to-day life of himself and his mother the way any kid would if asked: we wake up, we eat, we do exercises, watch TV, make art projects, take baths. But the story really goes for the gut when the pair of them escape their captor, when they are brought back into a world the mother has nearly forgotten and the little boy has never known. The most gripping scene is when the girl's father cannot even look at his grandson because of his paternity. You'll find you are not crying or screaming along with the characters in the story.
The story ends with the potential for a happy ending on the horizon as the little boy walks into their cage of a room for the last time, saying goodbye to the only home he'd ever known.