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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
College roommates can be one heck of a thing. Either they are complete psychos and you end up hating each other, wondering how you are going to end the school year alive, OR they are the most amazing friends, and end up being the people you turn to with problems, boys, school work, and life problems. They end up in your wedding party, know your deepest secrets, and have seen you at your best and worst. Luckily, in the case of Elizabeth and Lauren, they turn out to be the second kind...even though they've never met. Though they've lived on separate sides of the country their whole lives, they fall into a close friendship that helps them get through each of their family and relationship issues. Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando know exactly what young adults, about to embark on their college experience, are thinking.
I am a HUGE Sara Zarr fan, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this one. It was one of those audio books that you can listen to anywhere, because it's fun, light, and meaningful, even if it is chick lit. The story was so true to what some kids experience, and really brought me back to my college days. Those two girls made me laugh, and really feel for them. This is a delicate age group. It's not really teen literature, but it's also pre-adult literature. This age is hard for people to deal with, and in my opinion, is an even more difficult time than adolescence. This is when you really learn who you are as a person and what the world really is like outside the walls of your childhood home. It can be amazing, and devastating, as hopeful as it can be hopeless, and I think this book really captured that. Hats off to Roomies, it's one of the best reads this year!