When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.
That first message comes as a surprise to Lauren in San Francisco; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are e-mailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With childhood friendships and family relationships 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.
With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, join forces for a novel about that time after high school when everything feels like it's ending just as it's beginning.
Sara Zarr is the author of The Lucy Variations, How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.
Tara Altebrando writes books for adults and teens, including The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, Dreamland Social Club, and The Pursuit of Happiness.
This book was great! I think that the dual POV really allows both of the characters to be developed fully. The messages that I took away from Roomies are ones that everyone fresh out of high school should know. Friendships change, people move on, and keep an open mind. Overall I really liked this book and what it sought out to teach people.
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