Saturday, January 9, 2016

Review: Roomies

Title Roomies
By Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Genre New Adult
Pages 279
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis
Elizabeth and Lauren correspond with each other during the summer before they start college and will be roommates. What starts as a casual pen pal situation deepens into these girls confiding in each other...maybe too much.

First Sentence
Sometimes there are signs




(Here we go with my new review format! Tell me what you think!)


  • I love Sara Zarr's books. I was a little worried going into this one because she co-wrote is so it wasn't one hundred percent hers. However, these two authors wrote similarly enough I had a hard time telling who wrote what! 

  • I like new adult books. It's fun to see this transitioning in characters who are young adults becoming adults. This book was particularly fun because it takes place the summer before college and has an array of issues and feelings from these characters about growing up. 

  • I liked Lauren better. I'm sorry, but Elizabeth was a bit of a spoiled little brat. She seemed to have no real connection to her mother or friends and did not handle things well. I get where she was coming from but, come on. Not that I minded reading about her.

  • Very fun unputdownable book! It wasn't perfect or anything, and I prefer some of Sara's other work better but it was very engaging and I kept turning pages. 

  • Now I might have to try some of Tara Altebrando's other books...see what I think.


Should you read it?
If this is your type of book then yes, read it. I'm not sure I'd recommend it to people who don't like contemporary. It's not going to convert you or anything. 

22 comments:

  1. I've given Sara Zarr a couple chances, and I didn't like either book. I like the bullet points! I am biased that way though.

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    1. Ah, you don't like Sara's books? So sad!

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  2. This has been on my TBR pile for ages but I just haven't got to it! Glad to hear this book was quite fun, for some reason I thought it would be really depressing and I think that's why I've avoided it. Will have to bump it up and make sure I get to it some time in 2016! Thanks for the review (and I love the new review format!).

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    1. I know what it's like to not quite be able to get to a certain book. It's weird how that happens.

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  3. I really want to read this book! I like NA too, and I kind of forgot about this one. Thanks for reminding me of it!

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    1. I hope you get to, and enjoy it soon!

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  4. I enjoyed this one but it didn't stick in my head... for instance, when you mention the girls, I can't remember which one is which!

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure it's memorable.

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  5. I've never read any of Zarr's books. I'm not sure I'd like them. Maybe. I've thought about starting with Once Was Lost. What do you recommend?

    Also, I like the format. And, I like your stars. :)

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    1. Yes! Start with Once was Lost or How to Save a Life.

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  6. I'm a fan of Zarr so this one is going on my TBR! I like the new format. Thinking about adopting it for myself!

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    1. Cool! I'm liking reviewing books this way!

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  7. I like the new review format :) I'm a big fan of Sara Zarr so no surprise that I liked this one too. I keep meaning to pick up one of Tara Altebrando's books.

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    1. Thanks for telling me who wrote what. I was desperate to find out.

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  8. I'm so glad you liked this! And I like the new format. Easy to read.

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  9. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Zarr's books. Never heard of Altebrando. I think I'll give this one a try since my daughter has a copy, but I'm not rushing. Glad it kept you engrossed, even if it didn't knock your socks off.

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    1. Yes, I've only read one Zarr book that disappointed me so far.

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  10. +JMJ+

    I like "Should you read it?" better than the old "Yea or Nay?" They're definitely cousins, but the former gives your reviews an extra helpful touch. =)

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  11. Ohhh! This sounds intriguing! I've never read any of the Zarr or Altebrando's books before, but the premise of this one sounds cool!

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    1. Natalie, you have to read a Sara Zarr book!

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