I LOVED Olive Kitteredge, so I decided The Burgess Boys would be good too. I kept waiting for it to get good and worth my time. It started out with so much potential, plot-wise, but then it just fizzled way out. I didn't care enough about the characters and so their journey had no effect on me.
ON THE OTHER HAND
I downloaded Room knowing nothing about it except that it was a Good Reads pick one year and it was the only one available to borrow on my wish list when I went looking.
At first I was put off with the 5-year-old narrator. I hoped it was the kind of book that switches narrators from time to time so that I wasn't stuck with a kid the whole time. When it became clear to me that I was stuck with a 5-year-old narrator I started to gain appreciation for the performance as it is read by an adult woman. She was very consistent and excellent at the performance.
The book I found absolutely riveting and I was so glad I knew nothing about it before it began--it made it an astonishing journey for me. I do not think it would have been the same if I had read it. I am very glad I listened. I highly recommend it. If you choose to look it up ahead of time, yes the subject matter is a bit raw, but the details are mostly left to the imagination and there is no bad language in this book.