4 out of 4 stars
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The narrator in My New Room by Jennifer Groff is a child. (I'll assume the narrator is male for convenience and ease of writing this review.) One day, the narrator's parents were gloomy when they picked him from school. He has never seen them both so sad, so it affects him. To his surprise, the house they went to was unfamiliar to him and so was the place. He would later learn that his mom and dad won't be staying together any longer, and he would be living in the new house with his mom. Will the narrator adapt to the new life?
The story's most notable feature—which is also what I love most about the book—is that it tells how parents can handle separation or divorce in a way it doesn't negatively affect their children. It may be really hard to separate or divorce when there are children involved, but this book provides a possible way to go about it.
Furthermore, it gives a way to make the children aware that the separation does not affect the bond and love the parents had for them in any way. The book educates that constant communication, even after a separation, helps children cope with the reality more easily.
However, I couldn't identify the narrator's gender throughout the book since the book is written in the first-person perspective, and there is no reference or anything that can help identify it. (This is why I've had to assume the gender in this review.) I would love if there was a way to identify whether the narrator is male or female. Even so, I think this is intentional. The author may have done it to indicate that whatever happens in the story could happen (or has happened) to any child regardless of gender.
The book has a few errors, but they didn't affect its flow or quality. I will rate it 4 out of 4. It has an important message—when done well, separation or divorce doesn't have to affect the children. I really wanted to know the narrator's gender, but I acknowledge making it obscure could have been intentional, so it is in no way a flaw.
This is children's book, but it can suit anyone who doesn't mind the overly simple sentences tailored majorly for children. Its readers have something to learn about how to easily go about separation without affecting their children.
My New Room
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