Book Review: Roomies*

image– Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando

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.

My thoughts:
Sometimes I will read a book and I won’t look up the authors or even notice who it is written by beforehand (okay so, most of the time); I was surprised when I discovered that Roomies was written by two people. It works well as, I’m guessing, each author took on the role of one of the girls. It definitely gave each girl their own voice, although as I said earlier, I didn’t realise it was two different writers! Cleverly done, I think!

We’re following Lauren and EB as they have their last summer before moving to university/college (whatever). It starts off pretty awkwardly between them as they begin to exchange emails with each other. I could definitely imagine that. It’s strange enough for me to think of having to share a room with someone at university! Not sure I could do that…

Anyway, each of the girls has a different family life, but they’re both having friend and boy problems, and we just see them talking about that and bonding over email as well as getting an insight into their actual lives. Roomies was a great read about young adults beginning to find themselves and taking that final big step into moving away from home and starting their journey in life. Some things don’t go as you planned, but you will learn and grow and I think this book really touched on family, friends and just not being alone in that journey. It was definitely a quick read for me (started last night and finished this morning!), and just felt really easy going and informal all the way through.

The most annoy thing, even though it was something I knew about and was expecting, was the fact that we don’t actually see the girls meeting. It ends just as the door opens and for me that kind of sucked! I wanted to read on and find out whether they actually got on, but I suppose that’s part of the book – it makes you want to read more which is always a good sign!

My Rating – To see my book review rating guide click here.

*Thanks Bookbridgr for the review copy!