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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2013
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IL: UG - BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 11
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The countdown to college has begun.
When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.
That first message comes as a surprise to Lauren in San Francisco; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are e-mailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With childhood friendships and family relationships 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.
With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, join forces for a novel about that time after high school when everything feels like it's ending just as it's beginning.
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Street Date:
12/24/2013
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Sara Zarr. (2013). Roomies. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Sara Zarr. 2013. Roomies. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Sara Zarr, Roomies. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013.

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Sara Zarr. Roomies. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. Web.

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The countdown to college has begun.
When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.
That first message comes as a surprise to Lauren in San Francisco; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are e-mailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With childhood friendships and family relationships 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.
With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, join forces for a novel about that time after high school when everything feels like it's ending just as it's beginning.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly, starred review
      • content: The authors give the story big doses of humor, sensitivity, and sweetness, along with a complex and realistic cast; EB and Lauren's stories amount to two great novels in one.
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      • source: The Bulletin, starred review
      • content: With authentic and distinct voices relayed through a combination of emails and first-person narratives, the authors create a modern and meaningful epistolary novel...A resonant story perfect for any teenager going to college — or simply struggling to make peace with herself and her world.
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      • source: Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss
      • content: An honest and pitch-perfect story that's filled to the brim with our most overwhelming emotions: fear, hope, and love.
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      • source: Megan McCafferty, NYT bestselling author of Jessica Darling's It List
      • content: This winning novel charms from the start. Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando perfectly capture the summer after high school graduation in all its glorious excitement and uncertainty. Required reading for the college bound!
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        Elizabeth Owens, EB for short, lives in New Jersey and is gearing up to head across the country to study landscape architecture at Berkeley in the fall. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Lauren Cole is the oldest of six and an incoming freshman at Berkeley, too—she and EB have been assigned as roommates. EB, thrilled to get to know the girl she’ll be living with, is the first to write, setting off a summer-long correspondence filled with miscommunications and surprisingly intimate connections as the girls vacillate between excitement and anxiety about what the future holds. Zarr (The Lucy Variations) and Altebrando (The Best Night of Your Life) give both protagonists their own, independent stories with drifting best friends, boyfriends dropped, romances sparked, and family problems that reminds readers that not all adults are finished growing up, either. The authors give the story big doses of humor, sensitivity, and sweetness, along with a complex and realistic cast; EB and Lauren’s stories amount to two great novels in one. Ages 12–up. Agent: (for Zarr) Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management; (for Altebrando): David Dunton, Harvey Klinger.

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        November 1, 2013
        Two college roommates begin to influence each other's lives before they even meet in this co-authored contemporary drama. EB Owens is an independent Jersey girl trying to break free of a boyfriend she's outgrown while steering clear of her single mom's messy dating life. Lauren Cole is a San Francisco native who helps out with her five younger siblings while working two jobs and worrying constantly about money. When University of California, Berkley's student-housing office matches them as roommates the summer before freshman year, they begin an email correspondence that leads to confessions, misunderstandings and epiphanies. EB thinks Lauren is too judgmental about her mom's love life, while Lauren is upset when EB accidently reveals a secret to Lauren's best friend in a misfired email. EB is sensitive about her divorced gay dad, while Lauren is touchy about dating a boy from a different race. Even though readers might wonder why these two never avail themselves of Skype, the narrative reliance on email means there is real tension as fall approaches. Will EB and Lauren be able to overcome their differences before their move-in date? The main characters' back stories are engaging, and the large supporting cast of friends and family members (especially Lauren's sweet brothers and sisters) are well-developed and integral to the girls' growth. The novel's deeply embedded theme of transition will have tremendous appeal for any teenager coping with change. (Fiction. 12-18)

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        December 1, 2013

        Gr 9 Up-Immediately upon receiving her roommate assignment from UC Berkeley, high school senior Elizabeth can't wait to "introduce" herself with a logistics-heavy email to Lauren. After all, Lauren lives in San Francisco, worlds away from Elizabeth's experience in suburban New Jersey. Unfortunately, Lauren does not receive the roommate assignment with the same enthusiasm. After years of sharing spaces with siblings at least a decade her junior, she bristles at Elizabeth's initial overtures, leading to a rocky start for this relationship. As the weeks pass and the girls share more personal information, the thawing process begins, then stalls, then begins again. By the end of the summer, a tenuous truce has each teen believing that this may work out after all. Zarr and Altebrando use alternating chapters and voices to weave together this tale of roommate matchmaking. The technique lends a tone of authenticity to the story while highlighting the perils of relationships based solely on electronic communications.-Colleen S. Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT

        Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Grades 9-12 In a classic two-voice YA novel, authors Zarr and Altebrando expose the excitement, uncertainties, and sheer terror high-school graduates experience as they face college. The premisee-mails from the Berkeley housing director announcing roommate assignmentsis a clever device for introducing EB (Elizabeth) and Lauren to each other and the reader. New Jersey native EB, or, as Lauren quickly dubs her, Ebb, is headed to California to study landscape architecture and escape her mother, who has become excessively irritating lately. Lauren, on the other hand, is staying close to home, although she alternately craves and fears the short distance dorm life will afford from her four young siblings and overly stressed parents. EB's gay father, who disappeared from her life when she was five and now runs an art gallery in San Francisco, and Lauren's black boyfriend add plot complexity and keep both girls off-balance. Authentic and drama filled, this novel offers reassurance to all teens who, regardless of destination, are facing the next chapter in their lives: leaving home. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Zarr, a National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl (2007), and Altebrando are backed by a substantial marketing and publicity campaign that includes select author appearances and a blog tour.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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The countdown to college has begun.
When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.
That first message comes as a surprise to Lauren in San Francisco; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are e-mailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With childhood friendships and family relationships 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.
With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed...
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