Roomiesby Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on December 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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
I tell you that I was insanely excited about this book. I was hoping for a cute story about girls who will become roommates soon, maybe form a friendship and about the scary thing of leaving home
The Stranger that will share your Room with you…
The concept of the story sounds straightforward. Two girls, from two parts of the US just finished High School and will then soon be roommates at College. With a summer in between they try to connect. One super eager to get to know the other and in desperate hope to find a new friend, while the other couldn’t care less (yet!).
Told in alternating POV and with two distinct voices of two girls who share not much in the first place sets the ground for this story.
A Summer to figure out to say Goodbye and Hello to something new
Maybe I expected something different and it’s then totally my fault – but I actually expected that those girls would meet at some point in College. However, the story is all set in the time before College starts and the girls just have contact via Phone and Email. Both girls couldn’t have been any more different and with different hopes for College and friendship. Until of course they find that being different might be not so bad.
Real Issues in a super slowly paced story that didn’t click with me
I felt like the story just dragged along – slowly. With both girls having issues at home, with the fear and at the same time anticipation of leaving home and starting a new life. I felt like nothing much happened. Each girl is having a slow romance but neither totally grabbed me and let me feel some chemistry between the couples.
Sure enough the issues felt real, genuine and honest – but for a story to work for me I need some more excitement, chemistry and drama. I want to be entertained, yet here I was sadly bored most of the times. I just didn’t click with the girls or their story or their issues. I’m however sure that the story reflects real life teen issues and I am 100% certain that this book will be loved by many girls who will find themselves in Elizabeth and Lauren. It just wasn’t the right book for me, and for that I’m sad, as I had high hopes when starting Roomies.
Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando could have been awesome and amazing if it would have managed to grab me suck me in and make me feel. The slow pacing with a feeling that nothing really happened made it impossible for me to click with the story and the characters. Sad but true, Roomies wasn’t for me.
It’s actually interesting for me to read these kind of stories as I never had to share my room with anyone. In Germany we don’t have dorms like you guys in the US have. When we leave for university we just search for an apartment for our own, or we share a bigger apartment with a friend (or make a new friends like this), yet we always have our own room. This is also why I’m eagerly reading all the stories now going around from bloggers sharing their Roomate story Yet, for me there is nothing to share:)