It is so clear that this is the must-have book at the moment. About 80% of the Blogs I follow have mentioned this in the past few weeks and it’s all over Twitter and Goodreads about being the first, sort of “Older Young Adult” book, verging on “New Adult”, but more of a coming-of-age novel in between. So when I got a copy in the mail, I was extremely pleased to get to join in with all the buzz. *happy dance.*
It was apparent even just a few chapters into Roomies that it was in a league of it’s own. With it’s witty humour, realistic glimpses into the changing lives of teenagers on the verge of a life-altering move away to college and breaking old ties to those they were leaving behind.
Elizabeth and Lauren are both in the Summer before leaving for College; UC Berkley. When Elizabeth gets Lauren’s contact information from the College to introduce herself and organise things like TV’s and Microwaves, Lauren is far from welcoming. She requested a single room, and after the request was denied, her disappointment comes across in the short and unwelcoming email to Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is an only child, so she was really excited to get a room-mate, but Lauren has five younger siblings so she was looking forward to getting her own space without any complications whatsoever.
So it’s noticeable straight away that these girls are nothing alike and have completely different outlooks on life and friends and family. But, after getting off on the wrong foot, they seem to steadily get on track and start to peer into each other’s lives over the course of the few weeks through emails.
But it’s still not so straight forward for them…