Thursday, 21 August 2014

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 279
Publisher: Hodder and 
Released: 1st of January 2014

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.

What I Have To Say

As novels go, I'm surprised there aren't more written about the transfer from high school to university. Or in fact from teenagehood to adulthood in general as it's a very important time in anyone's life. But off the top of my head, I can only think of three, one of a teenager not going to college and two who do. I think it's a real shame there aren't more.

Roomies was not the best of these. Although I feel it would be a perfect read for someone to read the summer before they go to Uni, as it's a great guidebook through the anxieties of that time, the story just didn't do that much for me. 

I almost feel it would have been better had it just been the character's emails to each other, though I am possibly a little bias as I love books like that, because the two characters have such strong voices and I was more interested in the emails than anything else. 

All my criticisms aside, I would be interested in seeing a sequel of how EB and Lauren get on at University. 

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