Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

RoomiesRoomies takes us through the adventures of Elizabeth and Lauren as they enjoy/endure their last summer at home before college.  Both girls are attending UC Berkeley and have discovered that they have been assigned as roommates.  Elizabeth is from New Jersey but Lauren is a native Californian.  Excited at the prospect of getting away from her home situation and possibly seeing her estranged father, Elizabeth (also known as EB) sends Lauren an email introducing herself and telling a bit more about herself than maybe she wanted.  Soon the two are writing back and forth, sometimes telling secrets even their friends don’t know.  Will all this openness lead to a close friendship at college or drive the two apart?

The book is written in alternating chapters with Elizabeth starting everything out.  The two communicate by email, but the story is not told just through that medium.  Each of the girls has a distinctive voice and personality as well as their own issues to deal with.  I liked how when differences arise, the two work with each other instead of against each other.  I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to give anything else away.

This is a great book to while away a gloomy afternoon – it is fun and upbeat and I love the cover.  Isn’t the artwork great?

Did you read it?  Tell us what you thought.


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