Zarr, Sara and Tara Altebrando. Roomies. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2014. Print. ISBN 13: 9780316217491. Hardback. $18.00.

Annotation: EB just wanted to know who was going to bring the microwave and who was going to bring the mini-fridge. Instead, the email she sent to Lauren, her assigned roommate for freshman year, sparks a summer-long conversation between the two girls.


(Do you snore?)                                                                                       (I really hope you don’t snore.)

This is just one of the many (important) questions that comes up during future roommates EB and Lauren’s email correspondence over the summer before their freshman year of college. They sort out logistics of the microwave, chat about their family drama, consult on what to bring, describe best friends and hometowns, and even discuss some new romances.

But what happens when Lauren and EB spill too many secrets and the delicate long-distance friendship they’ve developed begins to crumble? After all, Lauren originally requested a single room, and faced with the chance to finally have one- should she take it?

Yes: ?          No: ?           Maybe.


Quotables: “E-mail: the coward’s solution to everything. You control the conversation and you can turn it off and on at will. You can edit and revise and shape your words and use a thesaurus if you want, to avoid sounding dumb.” (pg 83)

“Trust me, I’m all sorts of weird. I just hide it really well.” (pg 180)

★ Roomies has been named an IndieBound Favorite (2014).


Here’s a piece on Roomies from Shelf Discovery.

And a short, but sweet, book trailer from Sara Zarr:

YOUR OPTIONS: Roomies is available in print, eBook, CD audio, and downloadable audio formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014


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