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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 di...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I don't think many people would describe me as being overly sentimental, but man, this book just brought out the emotions in me.

The writing flows. The characters are realistic. Their voices are believable. Their fears, their insecurities, their choices are so realistic, so relatable. Ok, it's a bit overdramatic towards the second half, but for the most part, this book was a really, really good read.

If you are a young woman growing into adulthood: you need this book. It will tell you that change...more
Steph Sinclair
Mar 02, 2014 Steph Sinclair rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy dual POV stories
Recommended to Steph by: Myself
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

I usually don't get very personal in my reviews because I'm sending it off to a publisher afterwards and whatnot, but for Roomies I have to make a small exception. So the first half of this post is going to be a normal review, telling why Roomies is awesome and why you should totally consider buying the audio version. The second half will be just my general feelings and what this novel meant to me personally. I shed a few tears, guys.
“Live in the present. Take care of
This year has certainly been the case where books which I’ve had high hopes for have ended up being somewhat disappointing and books which I’ve picked up on a whim have ended up surprising me the most. This was exactly the case with Roomies, I decided to pick it up one day, thinking I’d read a couple of chapters, but ended up staying late totally absorbed by our two main characters Lauren and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth and Lauren ended up being assigned as roommates at college, Lauren had requested a s...more
An effortless, light read about college, friendship, family, and romance, Roomies is your everyday chick-lit that offers a few hours of entertainment.

I’ve always enjoyed stories that take place during the summer right before college. A time where you're still young and mostly clueless, but starting to get out of your shell. That was Roomies’ main charm for me. We get two parallel stories with two separate girls who are leaving behind two completely different teenage lives. With that said, it's a...more
Ash Wednesday
Roommates do not need to be best friends.
- Getting to Know Your Roommate

So this was pretty interesting.

Roomies delves into a very specific and yet underexplored relationship territory in New Adult Contemporaries. Well I suppose it does get some attention, usually presented peripherally with the supportive-quirky-roommate of the heroine, but not usually as the focal point of the story. What sets this further apart is that the entire book is about the time BEFORE either characters become...more
It's always a strange feeling to see the words in your head written down on a piece of paper - typed, to be more accurate - by hands that were not your own. For me, Roomies was like a pensieve of thoughts; it's as if Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr snatched the phrases out of my mind and breathed life into them, creating two characters who are not like me in the least, but at the same time, totally are. As a high school senior, Roomies hit all the right notes and while it did have its share of fla...more
Mostly preoccupied with moving away from home to college and even more - losing of virginities. Not particularly deep, but reasonably entertaining. Lauren's POV (developed and written by Sara Zarr) is much better, although not quite to Zarr's ususal standard.
4.5 stars. I went into Roomies expecting a great read and I was not disappointed. Sara Zarr co-authors Roomies along with Tara Altebrando. Zarr is one of my most favorite authors. Her books are so genuine and real, it is as if she is providing the reader with a window into the characters' lives. The voice she gives her characters is just so tangible. Roomies is not a light and funny read. While it is young adult and is centered on the beginning of an exciting time for two young girls it deals wi...more
Ɲαʈαsɦα ♕

After two complete seconds of Googling Sara Zarr I am utterly beaten by the fact that there is NO sequel that I can look forward too.


I read this book in the time span of 24 hours including high-school and sleep and let me tell you right now, if you would like a cute, beautiful little book about how two people from two completely different worlds connect in such a genuine matter then this book is what you should pick up RIGHT NOW!

The romances were perfect. The boys were perfect and the whole inte...more
When New Jersey girl Elizabeth gets her rooming assignment for her freshman year at Berkeley, she's comping at the bit to get in touch with this girl named Lauren who lives in San Francisco. But when she reaches out, she's met with short, clipped responses that raise Lauren's worries about what this year of living together would be like.

Little by little over the course of the summer between the end of high school and beginning at Berkeley, though, the girls exchange more and more with one anothe...more
Divergent Gryffindor
Before I start my review, I would just like to thank Pinoy Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Elizabeth just received an email about her college roommate assignment, and decides to email her roommate, Lauren, for arrangements like who is going to bring what. Then they soon talk about other things like family, boys and the likes, and this stars a series of emails between the two for the weeks before they finally meet each other in person. This continues on, until one da...more
Trish at Between My Lines
3.5 stars.

Roomies is fun, entertaining read about building a friendship on line. It feels like snooping through someone's emails or letters, so yes, that's fun!

My Recap of Roomies:

Two girls, 1 dorm room, and lots of emails and texts as the girls get to know each over the summer before they room together in college.

First Line of Roomies:
"Sometimes there are signs."

My Thoughts on Roomies:

I enjoyed the build-up of friendship between the girls, it was fun to see a female friendship start in this wa...more
Kathryn Powell
Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

Goodreads Summary: 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,...more
Mimi Zane
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando for a college feel.

Overall Roomies was an enjoyably fast, YA chick lit read. The story begins with Elizabeth from New Jersey receiving an email about her roommate situation for her upcoming year at The University of California, Berkeley. Elizabeth reaches out to her roommate Lauren from San Francisco via email and conversations filled with secrets, gossip, and cat-fights begin to stir creating an unlikely friendship within the sixty five days of summer.

I received an e-galley courtesy of the publisher.

Oh man. Despite the fact that I headed off to college over seven years ago, Roomies summed up my experience perfectly, right down to the fact that I'm from New Jersey and my freshman roommate was from California. For what it's worth, all the NJ references are spot on and mention places I've actually been to! So that was pretty cool.

Zarr does a really great job of authentically capturing EB's and Lauren's voices and hitting on all the major issue...more
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
**OCT 8, 2013**

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I love that the explosion of sexy reads about twentysomethings is starting to bring about interest in books that are about life in college, or just before college, without necessarily being about an intense romantic relationship. I wish there'd been more books about this time of life back when I was in college.

ROOMIES is about the last summer before college for the alternating narrators, EB and Laura. EB a New Jersey girl is excited to move across the country to San Francisco and hopes to make f...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Roomies caught my eye when it was first released on Netgalley last year, because of the two girls from the opposite sides of the country getting to know each other through email, and becoming close friends. This is something I can definitely relate to with my gaming and book friends that I've gotten to know over the years.

While I enjoyed the dialogue and email communications between the two girls well enough, there were a few problems that I had with t...more
4.5 stars. I really liked this.

I'm not really a contemporary YA reader. I enjoy a lot of speculative YA, but frankly, sometimes I think I'm just too old for contemporary YA; without the "something extra" that speculative genres bring to the books, it tends to all sound like teen drama with a hefty helping of teen romance. I wasn't interested in teen romance back when I was a teenager myself, and I'm not interested in now.

Yet in the last few months, I've read not one but, now, two contemporary YA...more
Jenni Arndt
Actual rating is 3.5

After seeing the cute premise for Roomies and noticing that one of the co-authors is Sara Zarr I knew that it was one I had to get my greedy hands on. After taking the novel in I’m a little confused on my feelings for it. I liked it, and was excited to be reading it, I even had my fair share of swooney moments throughout, but there were elements of the story that felt out of place and the characters themselves got kind of grating at times as well.

Looking back at my reading e...more
Last week, I was one of the lucky Netgalley few to get my hands on Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. Roomies is the tale of two strangers - Elizabeth in New Jersey and Lauren in San Francisco - who are randomly paired as roommates for their upcoming first semester at UC Berkeley. Elizabeth can't wait to escape her only-child life with her single mom; Lauren has more mixed feelings about leaving her large family, in which she's basically a third parent. Their cross-country correspondence...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Jan 12, 2014 Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: have you kicked yet? heh, that totally doesn't sound like how i expected

There comes a moment in every young girl's life when she must make a personality-altering decision. Leading to it is the dangerous activity of musing about the unknowable, the axioms that we inexperienced females largely don't have any proof for. When one of us starts wondering whether being kicked in the nuts is all it's hyped up to be. Is it really so bad, or is there a massive conspiracy going on against us? Even if it isn't so, a girl's mind is like Sponge-bob and won't leave until the je...more
My original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Initial Thought and Actual Rating: Actual rating of 2.5 stars because I liked both of the love interests in this novel and I can (maybe?) see how this would be...more
4.5 stars.

I am so bummed I'm done with this. IT WAS THAT GOOD.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Five pages into Roomies, I was thanking the book gods for placing it in my hands.

The summer before I left for college was pretty rough. I started dating a new guy (this would lead to a long distance relationship), my mom and I were fighting all the time (there is this one fight over paper towels that I can’t seem to forget), and I was working two jobs. It was a lot. Then there’s that e...more
I really enjoyed this! I liked that this was a book about two girls striking up a friendship through e-mails, and though the circumstances - they were assigned to be college roommates - are different to the way I've talked to people online, it still was relatable in that way that it can be hard to talk about certain things to people in your immediate life, but it's much easier to mention these things to a friend far away.

I do wish we'd gotten to see their actual first meeting and maybe their fi...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I adored the premise of Roomies, high school students counting down the days until the end of school, and spending that final summer before college getting to begin to correspond to their roomate for the fall. Personally, I never really had a roomie before college, I was an only child and never went to camp, etc.

Elizabeth and Lauren are two different girls from different backgrounds but as they slowly share some of their life to a virtually anonymous girl on the internet, but also one that yo...more
Sweet is the word that springs to mind when I think about this book. Sweet and nostalgia-inducing without a doubt. When this book first appeared on NetGalley I ignored it. I wasn't into Contemporary YA and it just didn't sound like my thing. A few months later this lovely book appeared on Bookbridgr and at the perfect time. I'm currently going through a Contemporary kick and this was just the loveliest read for the mood that I was in. Elizabeth and Lauren are two girls that are in their final su...more
Please read those four stars as four and a half. Or maybe I'll change it to five...
Elizabeth from New Jersey gets an email from UC Berkeley with her roommate’s name and contact info in the beginning of the summer. She shoots her an email and they connect.

It’s summer, and now they and their other friend’s are trying to figure out who they will be / are now that high school is over. Lauren lives in the Richmond in San Francisco, with her five siblings under seven, as a sort of a third parent, as...more
Fauziyyah Arimi
This novel is sooo good and i really like it ^^d


Meet Elizabeth Owens (New Jersey) and Lauren Cole (San Francisco) who destined to be roommate for each other!

Mulanya Elizabeth Owens -EB- yang membuka percakapan surel dengan Lauren, tepat setelah pemberitahuan pembagian kamar dikirimkan ke surel masing-masing oleh pihak asrama kampus UC Berkeley. Awalnya, basa-basi dengan niat menyapa orang asing yang akan menjadi rekan sekamarnya. Mulanya begitu, diawali pertanyaan siapa membawa kulkas kecil dan...more
Story of two girls and their experiences the final summer before going off to college. Really brought me back to that summer. Perfect angsty time. Endings and beginnings. I remember signing everyone's yearbook, "Have a nice life" or something equally cool and dismissive. I knew I wouldn't see most of my classmates again (the school was not in my part of town, and I generally didn't see anyone outside of school)School friends and home friends.

I loved the author's depiction of the parents. Defini...more
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Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of four novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009) and How to Save a Life. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain, and several anthologies. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at
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“Live in the present. Take care of the relationships in front of you now. Most friendships have a natural life, and when they've lived that out, you'll know.” 9 likes
“I get a message from my dad. In the mood I'm in, I tear up to see his name in my inbox, and imagine him down the hall in bed, propped on pillows, emailing me.

Enjoyed our gelato date the other night. I just want to say I'm proud of you for a lot of reasons. Also, I've attached a picture of my foot."

He's such a weirdo goofball. I love him.”
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