ICv2 Stars: 3.5 (out of 5)
Posted by ICv2 on April 2, 2015 @ 1:19 am CT
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Format: 144 pgs., Limited Color, Hardcover
Age Ratings: N/A
ICv2 Ratings: 3.5 Stars out of 5
This is a powerful story that is also unattractive, both character-wise and visually. The title can be interpreted in several ways, including a physical room and room within the spirit, and maybe other choices. The central character is Pamela, a burnt-out romance novelist who no longer has anything resembling love left in her life. She ends up taking in a young male prostitute, after blaming herself for causing him to lose his "home" under a bridge. Things spiral out of control from there, as she has brought home a human being as if he was a stray pet. Sexuality, various definitions of love, and a host of other issues arise, as both of them finally grow from the experience. Getting there is not a smooth ride. His past keeps him from trusting her, and her past makes her want to trust him too much, and far too soon. Their "relationship," if there is one, is puzzling and desperate.
Readers who want to identify with characters, or at least like them, will have little to work with in this story. The artwork is stark and bland, to match the lives of the main characters, and so it is not enticing, either. Readers who work their way past both of these obstacles will find a well-written story of an unlikely pair who can't possibly last forever.
For adults, due to language, nudity and sexuality.
--Nick Smith: Library Technician, Community Services, for the Pasadena Public Library in California.