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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.
I have been aware of Roomies for a while now. I had heard many mixed reviews about it, but I still felt curious enough to have a read of the book itself and form my opinion! I thought Roomies was a decent read. It wasn’t anything that blew my mind, but it wasn’t all that bad either. It didn’t take long to read at all.
This book is told in alternating chapters between our two main characters, Lauren who lives in San Francisco and Elizabeth who lives in New Jersey. Lauren and Elizabeth are complete strangers to one another, but start to get to know each other via email before they start college as roomies! It seems like Lauren and Elizabeth live completely different lives. Lauren has lots of siblings and just wanted to have a single room to escape being surrounded by others. Elizabeth is eager to get to college because she’s an only child and lonely at home. Through their emails we get to know the girls better. Their interactions with each other and the alternating chapters was a really effective way to get to know the characters.
I found Roomies to be enjoyable and engrossing to read. I can see why it does have mixed reviews, as there’s not much of a deep plot or amazing character development. I think it’s worth taking a look at if you’re interested in the synopsis!
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