Roomies Giveaway and Story #roomiesbook

YA Contemporary
Hardcover, 288 Pages
December 24th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers              


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.

My Roomie Story

I never had to stay in a dorm for college, which I was rather happy about. I did live with my uncle and aunt and three of their children my freshman year, but I had my own room. Then my sophomore year I moved back home, which was an interesting adjustment. I was used to being responsible for and to myself, so my view on my curfew and whatnot was a little different than my parent's. 

Then my best friend ended up coming and living with us for a semester, I believe. You would think I would remember exactly, especially since it was a big deal. She is really awesome (we're still friends), but we are very different. We were also both changing and doing our own thing a lot that year and so there were some ups and downs. We definitely learned that we had our own ways of doing things and needed our own space.

We did get bored one night, which is never good, and went down to the closest Target to buy stuff to bleach our hair. Her hair is a medium/dark brown and mine is a light brown that will turn lighter in the summer. We put the product on with the cap underneath with all those holes and pulled through like all our hair and then treated it. 

Mine turned fairly quickly and when I started washing it out and she saw how bright it was she was like "Move over! I need to get this out now!" I think we had planned more on highlights and not bright white, so it was a shock. Mine turned out okay, but she needed to let her's sit longer because it was darker and so hers was a lovely orange. Lol! 

My dad saw it and laughed and then said: "I think I have a tie that matches." He did! He went and got it. It was this crazy orange color and then we had a poster on one of the bedroom doors with a tiger, so she stood in front of the poster with the tie around her neck and we took a picture. :) I wish I could have found that picture to post, although I would have had to scan it since they didn't have digital cameras back then.

I think why I remember that story is because we had so much fun doing that. My "roomie" hardly ever freaked out about anything (she comes from a big family with four older brothers above her and then two sisters on top), but she freaked out a little that night, which of course I thought was funny. More than that, though, was that she still took it in stride. She wore her hair as it was for a little while and joked around about it and then eventually got it fixed.

Those were good times! :)

Tour Schedule

Do you want to go hang out with the authors, Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando on their tour? Here is the info on where they'll be and when:
January 12, 2014 – New York, NY: McNally Jackson [venue link]
January 15, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT: The King's English [venue link]
January 16, 2014 – Provo, UT: Provo Library [venue link]
February 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA: Books Inc, Opera Plaza [venue link]
February 5, 2015 – Petaluma, CA: Copperfield's Books [venue link]


One copy of Roomies (US ONLY)
Giveaway is provided by the publisher, Little Brown
Ends on January 17th

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