Thursday, November 7, 2013

ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando: A Bookanista Review


Happy Thursday all! As you can likely tell by my erratic posting schedule, I am not in a routine at all of late. Really, it's because of some tech problems (WiFi related), traveling, and NaNo. The biggest reason for the spotty posts though - ANEMIA! That's right, I've been a bad girl and have not been watching my iron levels. And as a result I am practically comatose every night. But, I am taking my iron again, and eating nothing but iron rich foods. I should be back to normal in no time...what ever that means.

In the meantime, it's back to another amazing review. On tap for today: ROOMIES by the ever-spectacular Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. I am so excited about this book. But before I get into that, check out the other Bookanista posts:
On to my review -

About ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando (12/24/13)
The countdown to college has begun.

When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.

The first note to Lauren in San Francisco comes as a surprise; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.

Soon the girls are emailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. 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.

With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, join forces for a novel about that time after high school, when everything feels like it's ending just as it's beginning.


Why I liked it: 
I don't even know where to start with this. Maybe it's because my oldest is currently filling out applications for college. Or maybe it's because I am in a state of transition in some friendships and such. Whatever the case, I just know I LOVED this book so much. I loved the voice of the characters, getting to know their lives, and seeing that time of life - a time filled with endings and beginnings, tears and smiles; a time when all you know is that EVERYTHING is in a state of change. I remember that time in my own life, remember how alive I felt...
THAT is what this book captures. It is simple and brilliant. A must read, to be certain.

Check it out on Amazon and other fine retailers!

What great books have you read recently?

    2 comments:

    1. This sounds amazing! Definitely checking out.

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    2. HOW did I miss this on my tbr. Sounds AWESOME! Good luck to your eldest, btw. Sent my first off to college this fall. Bittersweet times!

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    Thanks for your input!