Yikes! Can't believe I haven't written a review or answered any questions yet. Sorry ladies! I read Room quite a while back, when we first chose it, and have read a couple other books since, so it's not really at the forefront of my mind. I have to say (don't worry, no spoilers), I just finished Sarah's Key and I LOVED it. Such a moving book, and a real page-turner.
Now for Room! I really liked this book, I couldn't put it down. I was dying to know how it would end, and I think overall I'm happy with the way it ended. I liked that there was some closure by visiting Room after the escape. But I was a bit disappointed that we didn't have more information about Old Nick, or his side of the story. Maybe it didn't matter as a whole, but I was curious. I really enjoyed reading about Jack's experiences after the escape, because he had to deal with things I never would have thought of, because we just take them for granted. Like the fact that he kept running into things, because his depth perception was off due to living in a small room his whole life. Who would have thought?? I was disappointed that Ma had that meltdown and tried to kill herself. I mean of course the aftermath is hard to deal with, but to try and kill yourself when you have Jack? I felt so awful for him. Maybe, though, that is what gave Jack some courage and independence? The fact that she wasn't with him 24/7 to guide him through 'real life'. One other thing I wanted to mention - I think if I were in that situation I would have kept Jack. I mean, he was her baby, part of her you know? And of course you would want a companion. I think it would be incredibly hard to be selfless in that kind of situation. And who knows what Old Nick would have done with the baby if she hadn't wanted to keep it. But then I wonder...what would have happened if they couldn't escape? I mean, how long could you keep pretending? And how long could you live in a small room with a growing boy? Hmmm
Cali - I like the idea of choosing just a couple questions and having people discuss them specifically!