Friday, June 6, 2014

Roomies by Sara Zarr &Tara Altebrando

Authors: Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN: 9780316217521
Genre: Young Adult

About the Book:
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.
My Thoughts:

Roomies sounded like it was going to be a fascinating read and a book that would take me back to the summer just before I started college. I so wanted to go on a walk down memory lane and thought this would take me to that place when I received my letter telling me about my roommate and our summer "friendship".

For me, this book fell short. I really couldn't connect with either girl and I waited and waited for something to happen. It took me back and forth between the girls and I thought it would build up to something, but instead, just left me hanging. My thought was "I went through this whole book for NOTHING?!!!"

This did end as a cliffhanger and is certainly set up for the next book. Unfortunately, I'm not at all interested in finding out what happens now. I felt lead on and cheated with no resolution. Maybe it's because I'm an older reader and the younger adult would appreciate it and identify with it more.

Don't take my word for it. Head to your library and get a copy over the summer. I'd love to hear how you felt about this book and why.

 I received a copy of this book from NetGalley courtesy of the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

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