By Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
Publication date: Dec. 24, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
It’s time to meet your new roomie.
When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.
As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.
— Goodreads.com description
Ladies and gentlemen: Finally! Roomies is the New Adult novel I have been waiting for!
It’s relatable. It’s fun. It’s not overly angsty and dramarama. HOORAY!
The story takes place entirely during that scary but wild fun summer between high school and college. I loved seeing a book that took on all the normal but still very valid and BIG feelings that can bring up.
Plus, Zarr and Altebrando swapped between two main characters’ points of view. I usually hate this, but in Roomies I adored how well they weaved them together through their emails and interactions.
If, like me, you’ve been dying to read a true-to-life new adult novel, you have to give Roomies a try.