By Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
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.
This book was fantastic. I wish I could have read it when I was transitioning from high school to college. Lo and EB’s lives were completely opposite - and the juxtaposition of their stories made for a great read. They got to know each other via e-mail and that created some challenges for them. The whole time, I was rooting for them to be the best roommates ever! Overall, Roomies was a well-rounded, relatable novel that I recommend all girls read after graduating high school.
Bonus points awarded for the following:
1. The strong father-daughter relationship between Lo and her dad (it had me sniffling when he made her cinnamon roles.)
2. The importance of family in general.
3. Strong female relationships. There were no frenemies here. The girls were looking for a good friend and support.