Roomies – Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando


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.


AHHHH. This book happens when you’re in that limbo between high school and university. When you’re ready to move on but not at the same time. So excited, but scared too. Summer memories are sweet, but bittersweet at the same time. I’m feeling ALL THE FEELS right now. I kind of wish I read this a couple months later, but it still felt so perfect for anyone on the brink of embarking on a new journey.

You can somewhat tell this was written by two people. There were some parts I loved, and others that felt a bit too Y- rather than A. There were parts that were a little to melodramatic and crazy, but others that felt spot-on. Break ups that change friendships. Heady, exciting, fresh new relationships. The interracial thing, even when there’s a big dance about not making it a Thing. Old friendships. New friendships. Family. Social media. This book captures such an important moment in these girls’ lives—when they’re at crossroads, trying to make the most of everything without putting down too many roots to leave behind.

And at the end of it all, there are so many memories left behind. Moments of feeling invincible, and knowing it’ll probably be the last time you’ll ever feel that way. That’s how this book made me feel—warm and happy all over (but seriously, can it be summer yet? I’m done with winter!).

Related Reading

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  • The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  • Girls in Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #3) – Ann Brashares
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 5/5


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