Posted in Book Blast, contest, Giveaway, Young Adult on January 10, 2014

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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.
The first note to Lauren in San Francisco comes as a surprise; 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 emailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they’ve never met. 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.

What is your Roomie story?!

I was lucky to have great roommates all through college!  Two of them were my Alpha Xi Delta sisters and one was a friend from elementary school that I reconnected with at college.  We had many great times sharing stories and creating a fun door room (one year it was bunkbeds using the desks!).  Two years was in an apartment with a cat names Spaz who fit the description to a T.  Although I remember the one time that I was locked out of the apartment because my roommate’s boyfriend put the chain on the door.  They didn’t hear me banging on it, yelling through the crack or throwing things at their window.  I don’t remember what it took but I FINALLY got in!  Even when I bought my first house I had an Alpha Xi Delta sister as a roommate until she purchased her first house.  I wish I had crazier stories with my own roommates but I don’t, but it was still a great time.

About the Authors

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of The Lucy Variations, How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.   Website

Tara Altebrando is an author of books for adults and teens, including The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, Dreamland Social Club, What Happens Here and The Pursuit of Happiness. She lives with her family in Queens, New York.  Website

Sara and Tara’s tour dates:

  • 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]

The Giveaway

Win a copy of this book – Open to US residents only.  Will end at midnight on Jan 20th

The publisher will also be drawing from all of the bloggers for an additional prize!  A Roomie survival kit/gift pack including earplugs, home spa essentials, a signed copy of the book, a special note from the authors, and other fun things—all packed in a shower caddy—for you and one of your readers.

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