Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Publication Date: December 24, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
Personal Thoughts: I have read Sara Zarr’s Once Was Lost and it opened me up to her writing. This is the second book that I have read by this author and I absolutely looked this book! Although it took a while to get used to the back and forth POV’s of EB (Elizabeth) and Lo (Lauren), once I got the hang of it, it was entertaining. It was great being a fly on the fall as these two girls got to know each other through their emails
I never got a chance to move away to university and have my own dorm room, so this was a nice experience for me. (the process, etc). Although they seem like polar opposites, EB and Lo slowly start to see that they have more in common then they first thought. It is hard to sit down and jot an email to a stranger, not knowing what they look like or what their personality is like. I think that the author did a fantastic job articulating how hard it is in the months leading up to going away to college. We get to see the impact that it has on their family, friends and even themselves. It is a new step in their life and as time goes by, they start to realize that it won’t be so bad now that they are getting to know each other better.
Overall, the characters were well developed, and I felt like we really got to know each of the girl’s lives and what they were going through. It was also paced in a manner that moved the story along and it didn’t allow you to get bored or struggle through the book.
Rating: 4/5 Stars