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Roomies Hardcover – December 24, 2013
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I was interested in the premise of the book as well as the storyline consisting of some e-mail communication as that's how many of us communicate these days. As much as I wanted to love it I found that the story dragged. There were a lot of issues touched upon - interracial dating, losing your virginity, single parenting, infideltiy, etc. - but I feel like the issues were just dangling out there and never meshed in a way that made you want to keep reading.
The ending was blah and tied neatly in a bow which made me just say "really?". I can only recommend this book if you have absolutely nothing else to read. I don't recommend buying it but checking it out at the library.
Roomies is told in a very unconventional way – through both a series of emails and in first person with alternating perspectives of Elizabeth and Lauren. I can never get into books told solely through letters or poems. I get bored. I find myself skimming and then I lose the whole point of the book. That was never a problem here. I enjoyed watching as these girls tried to get to know each other through a series of emails and how they were handling their day-to-day life in their own thoughts.
I honestly can't say that either Elizabeth or Lauren were particularly likable. Despite that, I was still able to connect with them in my own way. Each of these girls was struggling with aspects of their life. Elizabeth with her father abandoning her and her mother being a complete and total jerk. I seriously despised that lady. I could go on a three-paragraph rant about all that was wrong with her, but I won't. She also had some relationship issues and a potential budding new love that she would have to leave when they both went away to college. Lauren was dealing with never being alone or doing things for herself. She had five younger siblings that she cared for and that came with its own problems.Read more ›
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Expected publication: December 24th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
edition language English
other editions (6)
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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.
Elizabeth or EB to her friends and Lauren share one thing in common, they are both looking forward to leaving home to attend college now that they have graduated high school. Their lives are very different as Elizabeth is an only child and Lauren has a houseful of younger siblings that she is helping her parents take care of while working to save for college.Read more ›
The books covers the excitement of preparing to go off to college and being on your own but also the sadness of leaving best friends and family behind and also leaving your first important love behind.. The chapter are labeled San Francisco and New Jersey so we know which girl is speaking. I think this book will speak to a lot of high school girls going through the similar circumstances. I liked the way each girl would sometimes rewrite her email or sometimes hit send without thinking. I also liked it that the whole book wasn't told by email.
I gave this book 3 stars because I think young adult readers will like it but reading it as not a young adult I still had minor quibbles with it.
When a chapter shifts to Lauren and focuses on her being a babysitter for her siblings I lose all in interest in the book too sticky for me. In the first email Elizabeth tells Lauren that her mother will buy either a microwave or mini fridge what does Lauren want to bring? Lauren chooses the microwave because it will be easier to get a cheaper one second hand. and after all she comes from a family of eight and can't ask her mother for any money.Read more ›
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Becca had been telling me for ages that I should read Roomies, so when we decided to do 'Sister Book Swap', she didn't hesitate and knew exactly which book she was going to give me... Read morePublished 2 months ago by 23reviewstreet
I was actually surprised that I liked this book. The summary of it brought back a lot of nostalgic points because I not too long again graduated college. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashley Nicole
College is just a few short months ago, and Elizabeth is super excited to meet her new roommate. Lauren, the oldest of six kids, responds with a little less enthusiasm, but that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Holly Scudero
Another one of Zarr's books that I couldn't put down. I've read books by Tara, too, and have always enjoyed her work as well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jessica Burkhart
I'll be honest: I really wanted to read Roomies because I had the whole roommate experience in college. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I only vaguely knew the music of The Supremes when I went off to college. By Christmas break of freshman year I could sing every word of every song they ever recorded. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah Monsma
This book has been on my Kindle for a really long time and I just never seemed to get to it. I think it might have had to do with the fact that it is classified as a coming of age... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jaime Collins
Elizabeth (Eb) and Lauren(Lo)have been paired up to be roommates at Berkeley
Lo isn't too happy. She lives with her parents and five siblings. Read more