I was surprised by this book. I really expected it to be depressing. Actually it was rather inspiring. The story is about a five year old boy whose mother was abducted seven years earlier and has in the years since been kept prisoner by her abductor in a shed. (See? Sounds depressing/disturbing, right?) Through the understanding of this sweet little boy we see a charming view of the world as he knows it inside of Room. When they manage to escape they experience bittersweet adjustment to a whole new world but the book ends with hope.
I really liked this book. I loved the kind of mother this boy has and the efforts she makes to create a happy, healthy, loving life for him. Reading this inspired me to be a better mother and that's why I think it is something more substantial.