Friday, January 24, 2014

I Second That: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

 Nico was so charmed by this book that she also had to tell you about it.

Roomies by  Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

A random roommate is a pretty weird thing, when you think about it. Someone that an algorithm decides you will be the least likely to murder over your differences. Someone who will be in your space for two whole semesters! It can seem a little terrifying. When EB gets her roommate's contact info, she can't wait to turn that name into a person (and hopefully a friend). Lauren, is a little overwhelmed with wrapping up her before college life, but once EB's email arrives in her mailbox, she can't help but be intrigued.

The two of them spend the summer feeling each other out. How do you talk to somebody that you've never met but will soon know what kind of pajamas you wear? They are each dealing with all the things that come up when you're about to start college: changing friendships, finishing up summer jobs and dealing with worried parents, but EB and Lauren's lives are so different, will they be able to find common ground? Will their emails make them closer by move-in day, or already convinced that they need to get a roommate reassignment?

This is a great description of that strange time between high school and college when you're done being one thing, but not yet started being the next. Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando both create very different characters, from very different lives, with very different personalities who I enjoyed getting to know. Because they were so nuanced and flawed, but also very hardworking and really striving to figure things out, they feel very much like real college freshmen Also, the way the novel is set up with both emails and narration, so it allows the reader to see what the real stories are behind the emails AND where misunderstandings and misreadings are undoubtedly going to pop up - this is a book where you are reading between the lines. If you're a fan of contemporary fiction, or just dreaming about your first year at University, Roomies is for you.

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