Friday, January 10, 2014

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando + Giveaway

Roomies Unite!

Roomies came out just in time for Christmas, and here is a fabulous story of the developing relationship of two college roommates before and during their stay together. Told through alternating character chapters, readers get to travel through the lives of these two girls as they head off to college , share their dreams, and suffer their differences while all trying to survive college and new experiences.

Totally a great read worth checking out.

I can only say from my own roomie experience: even if you label it, it will be eaten . DO NOT open that OLD tupperware in the back of the fridge, it is a biohazard. You will never be able to hide that candy bar you have been saving for emergencies, someone will find it and eat it while you are away. All the time, Lysol is your new bestie. You have no privacy and your bed will soon become your roomie's friends lounge spot. Give up. No really, do not come into cohabitation with ideas of how you will share, or arrange, or divy duties or whatnot, because in reality you are both different people with different POV and different ideals. If you want tit done, you will probably just need to do it yourself.

But what is sometimes great about a good roomie, is you can share in the joys and pains of growing up and sometimes you can make a lifelong friend in the process.

Meet The Authors:

Sara and Tara will be on Tour in the US, here are some of the dates and locations. After hearing them speak online, these are author talks not to be missed. If you could make the event, go!

  • 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]

About The Authors:

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, most recently The Lucy Variations, which the New York Times called “an elegant novel.” Her sixth, a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando, came out December 2013. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, the Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library, and have been translated into many languages. In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays and creative nonfiction for ImageHunger Mountain online, and Response as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. As of summer 2013, she’s a member of the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Sara also hosts the This Creative Life podcast. She is the current Salt Lake City Literary Death Match Champion. Born in Cleveland and raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at

In addition to my most recent novel, THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE, I’m the author of three previous books for Young Adults, including DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens of 2011, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and WHAT HAPPENS HERE.
Next up is ROOMIES, a novel I cowrote with Sara Zarr (Little Brown, December) and then my middle-grade debut, THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE (Running Press Kids, May 2014).
I live in Queens, New York, with my husband and two young daughters, Ellie and Violet.
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About The Book:

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.

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