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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  6,300 ratings  ·  1,068 reviews
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 diffe
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sophia Ho There is quite a bit of romance in it, but it's all heterosexual. But not every character is white, which is a change…moreThere is quite a bit of romance in it, but it's all heterosexual. But not every character is white, which is a change(less)
Stephanie Schauer I listened to the audiobook and I loved it. It alternates between two different voices for the two characters. By the way, I rented my audiobook for f…moreI listened to the audiobook and I loved it. It alternates between two different voices for the two characters. By the way, I rented my audiobook for free from the library so you could always check that out :)(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Steph Sinclair
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 o
Neil (or bleed)
“Life is one of those experiments meant to be conducted in a stimulating, messy environment.”

Roomies, as the title speaks for itself, was about these two girls (Elizabeth and Lauren) who assigned to be roomies at the dormitory of a university they will be attending since they were college now. But the thing was they didn't know each other and that was the story went on.

Individually, both Elizabeth and Lauren had so many issues in life, so many stress and undertakings about leaving their
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, ya
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. ...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 beco
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was beyond fantastic. Lauren and EB were so very real in ways that only the very best fiction can capture. Zarr and Altebrando not only draw you into their story, but they surround you with that time on the cusp of adulthood that is the summer after High School graduation.

And I particularly liked how the novel explored love and relationships and their ephemeral but intense immediacy but absolutely owned the friendships, family, and integrity as its core. This book has some of the best femal
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
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
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
3.5 for me. Got a little emotional at times. This one I really wanted to read. But like most books recently, it seemed I wasn't in the mood for it.

You have two girls, going to be roommates and so have months before they start college. The writing was good. I liked the interaction the two were having through emails and that we got to know both of them. My favorite POV to read would have to be Lauren. And her siblings were adorable.

Glad to have finally got around to reading this. Love the cover.
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
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2013
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

This book just wasn’t for me right now. I think I would have liked it much more when I was getting ready to go to college myself. I will however recommend this to any of those who are nervous about going away to college and about making new friends.

This was a cute story about friendship that got better and better as it went. The story is told from two POVs: Elizabeth (EB) and Lauren (Lo), and their emails between each other before they start college as roommates. I thoug
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jenni Arndt
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017

Okay this was actually pretty freaking cute ngl, and, reading this at the very end of July has just made me miss my own school/school friends SO MUCH I WANNA GO BACK SO BAD

But, anyways, this book follows two girls who get assigned to each other as roommates the summer before their freshman year, and they basically email each other the entire summer to get to know each other. There's drama, there's boys, there's family stuff - and, its all pretty ridiculous, BUT I must say I could act
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
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hold this book even more dear because of the fact that my real-life roomie (oh my gosh, I was going to write homie at first) gave this to me - my sweet little sister! Thank you ♥

This was so lovely and realistic and nice, I spent the whole afternoon solely reading this book after my slight Ready Player One hangover.
I was a bit afraid that it would fall into the "sacrifice a good book to a book-hangover and thus make it mediocre" category, but no.
This book had it's own charms!
By no means perfect
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. She hasn't had any personal space since the younger children came along. She had requested a single room, but that was obviously denied.

Eb is thrilled. Its just her and her mother at home, and she's really looking forward to the "closeness" her and Lo are bound to share. She also hopes to possibly reconnecting with her father. He happens to own a Gallery i
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This wasn't what I was expecting at all, but I still really enjoyed it. The story follows Lauren and EB as they navigate the summer after the senior year of high school and prepare to be roommates at UC Berkley. Each chapter is written from a different girl's point of view and includes an email written to the other roommate.

That's really about it. I think I was expecting this to be like Fangirl. It wasn't. The girl's stories are told separately and their only interactions are via email. It soun
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Very high approval for the unusual nature of the two protagonists' family situations/problems. But much less of it for all the talk about their virginity. Seriously, a line like "What can you give a guy, after you've given him your virginity?" required a *lot* of slack-cutting from me. One thing I've never done while reading a Sara Zarr novel is wince at the dialogue, but did several times in this.
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
When incoming Berkeley freshmen Lauren and Elizabeth get roommate notifications, they begin an email relationship sharing their vulnerabilities, fears and drama before the first day of college.

Though ROOMIES started slow, I fell in love with both young women, their triumphs and struggles and I didn’t want the book to end. I felt that impending dread of missing Lauren and Elizabeth, wishing for a sequel. Bestselling writers Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando each penned a different POV, alternating ch
A very sweet, very real story about two girls facing college, and all the changes that come with it. I teetered a little bit between a 3.5 and a 4 through most of the middle of it, but in the end, I think it definitely deserved the 4. Throughout the story and their interactions with each other, Elizabeth and Lauren both make frustrating decisions and sometimes act a little catty, which wasn't always enjoyable to read, but the reality is that they are 17/18-year-old girls, and their growth as cha ...more
Attack Salmon
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Roomies is about 2 girls who was gonna room together in university dorm get to know each other better first through email first.

They email back and forth sharing their life. At first I wonder what is the point of this book? What interesting things gonna happen? But then it starts to grow on me. A lot of their feelings hit home for me. Especially what (I forget is Elizabeth or Lauren) said about friends. I gonna leave for university anyway, why do I have to bother to keep in touch with my high s
Anastasia シ
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full Review on NetGalley ...more
Stuti Rai
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it

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
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favourite-books
Maybe it’s because my daughter is graduating from high school in a few weeks and heading off to university or maybe it’s because, just lately, I have been feeling unsettled and nostalgic, but whatever the reason: I LOVED Roomies. Co-written by Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl) and Tara Altebrando, Roomies‘ narrative is comprised of the back and forth e-mail communication between Elizabeth (EB) and Lauren (Lo), who have been assigned a room together at UC Berkley, as well as their first person narrativ ...more
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Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of ten books, most recently Goodbye from Nowhere, and Courageous Creativity: Advice and Encouragement for the Creative Life--a book on creativity for the young and young-at-heart. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner, and is the host and producer of the This Creative Life podcast. Her first book, Story of a Girl, was made into a ...more

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