ARC Review~ Roomies by Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando

ARC Review~ Roomies by Sara Zarr, Tara AltebrandoRoomies
by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date : December 24th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I don’t usually read chick-lit so, I had absolutely no expectations when starting Roomies. I was in need of a light and fluffy book, and with that, I was not disappointed. This book is full of good feelings. Two girls, two lives, one Summer. I love everything that this book touches on. It’s more than just two girls talking over the internet. It’s about love, friendship, family and best of all, growing up and finding yourself. It was so entertaining and fun, with some really sweet moments too. 

Roomies is a dual POV story about two girls, soon to be roomies, writing to each other via email the Summer before college. We see both girls struggling with different yet similar issues. EB, or Elizabeth, leaving her only her mother to travel across the US. They aren’t really close and EB’s mother has some issues of her own. And Lauren, who has a large family and although she can’t wait to go across the Bay for some much-needed alone time, feels guilty over leaving her family behind. 

Between the two, I enjoyed EB’s POV over Lauren. Honestly, I felt like she had more on her plate and more to deal with than Lauren, in turn more conflict and growth. She had already started separating from her friends, having issues with her boyfriend and then some new issues with her Mother dating married men. She was more… emotional, more real to me than Lauren. However, I was not of fan of her relationship with Mark. It had that insta-love feeling to it and their relationship escalates pretty fast. As for Lauren, I’m not saying that her situation doesn’t raise conflict, but her major issue was leaving her family. I also thought she was a snob at times and very judgemental (and EB would attest to that!). I did like her relationship with Kenyon though. They were so cute together and I found myself smiling a lot. Also, those moments with her family. 

My Peeve- The ending. I did knock off a half star for that ending. I usually don’t, but that was just ridiculous. grrr

Overall- I really enjoyed Roomies! It’s a quick read, with solid writing that flows effortlessly. Fun, entertaining and fluffy that will have you smiling throughout. I recommend 🙂

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6 thoughts on “ARC Review~ Roomies by Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando

  1. Rebekah @ Reflections of a Bookworm

    Glad to see you enjoyed Roomies although it sucks that the ending wound you up! I like the sound of EB 🙂
    Fab review!
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  2. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I read the free preview of it on amazon! I really want to read it bc from the preview it made me all nostalgic for that time before undergrad and it seemed cute. Too bad about the ending though…. makes me nervous bc endings can really make or break books for me! I’ll check it out though.
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    1. tonyaleeh

      Yes, I agree. I don’t usually knock off many stars for endings but man, it pissed me off LOL

      I hope you like it Wendy! Let me know once you get a chance to read it !

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