I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Roomies by Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on December 24, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
Roomies is a book I really enjoyed. You get perspectives from characters that are facing their own problems. This is also I book I will probably get for my sister as she graduates high school this year.
I really adored EB and Lauren. I didn’t like one more than the other because they are two people with completely different upbringings. There were times where I felt situations could have been communicated better, but I think these are issues that most teens deal with.
Roomies is a book about finding yourself with the help of someone with an unbiased perspective. Sometimes those are definitely needed. I loved the innocence of these girls. They have a lot to deal with, but they find time to get to know each other before going off to college.
Just because you have different backgrounds doesn’t mean you can’t find someone to rely on when you go off to college. Such a sweet story about becoming friends.