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.

Lauren and Elizabeth (EB) are due to start at Berkley in the fall. Having just discovered they are going to be roomies, EB emails Lauren introducing herself. The first of many emails that will pass between the pair over the course of the summer.
But when you’ve never met, is it easier to share? 
Roomies is a wonderful story of two girls as they journey through the summer that will see them embark on life at college.
Told from dual narratives, this story is unique in its telling. With emails and text messages adding a technical twist to the narrative. I found myself pulled into the world of the ‘roomies’ instantly
Both of the girls are wonderful characters to discover. They have completely different upbringings and this adds a great juxtaposition to the story. Lauren has both parents around and is ‘big sister’ to many siblings. She has over the years shouldered some responsibility for her little brothers and sisters and is desperate for a single room at college.
EB is an only child living with her single mother, a fact that her mother is keen to alter. EB longs for a roomie so that she can feel less lonely.
I loved the dynamics of Lauren and her family. Although she never gets alone time I think it’s obvious that there is always someone for her to turn to.
EB, on the other hand, deals with a lot throughout the summer and could use someone to turn to. 
I enjoyed this story, the journey the characters go on shows their coming of age, in a story that flows brilliantly and is empathetic in its telling.



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