Monday, 8 September 2014

Book Review | Roomies by 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.

Pages: 279 | Format | Goodreads | Amazon

*This book was given to be via bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review*
The synopsis of this book immediately pulled me in. I've been wanting to read more books about characters who are either about to start college or who are already in college. So when I read about this book, I got excited.
Then I saw it was written by two authors, and I got even more excited because I love books which are co-authored. One of these authors I'd never heard of before and the other, Sara Zarr, has been a bit of a hit and miss author for me. So it's safe to say I went into this one with optimism, but a slightly guarded optimism.
I have to say though, this book was great. Another hit for Sara Zarr and a great introduction for me to Tara Altebrando's writing.
This book was cleverly written. Each of the girls had an established story, an interesting family and friend group, and both were well developed. What you get here is two stories, two narratives, two main characters, that run side by side and entwine in together.
Even though you have two stories to develop, and the book isn't long, under three hundred pages in fact, it still doesn't feel in any way rushed.
Both of the characters were interesting, and the things they were facing in their own lives was interesting as well. I liked the way they opened up to each other, and started building up a friendship over these emails.
All in all this was a great book. I would recommend it.

Rating | 8/10

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