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Review: Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr

Goodreads 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.

My thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed Roomies mostly because I loved seeing a friendship develop via emails. The story is split narrative and tells the story of two girls who get in contact after they are assigned to be roommates for the coming academic year and follows their story in the led up to their first day at college.

I particularly liked seeing how their friendship develops over the course of the book when the only contact they have is via the back and forth of emails. I liked seeing how intense it could get even though they hadn't met and I loved how it changed the nature of how they were with each other and the misconceptions both had about the other. It reminded me so much of when I had an email pen friend in the early days of the internet and of the friendship I had with her.

Really easy to read as you just keep wanting to know more


I'm really looking forward to this one. I really love Sara Zarr.