When a simple question about which appliance they're bringing to the dorm room slowly becomes an email volley between two different girls, an unlikely friendship ensues. Elizabeth, or EB, already feels differently about her friends and even her boyfriend. Lauren never has time for herself because of her familial responsibilities. Which change already on the onset, EB and Lauren are not sure how to deal with the new developments - including each other.
I can't relate much to Roomies, even if I am in college. I live in the capital, and still live at home with my family. I just drive into campus when I have class, so I really can't feel the way these girls feel about leaving their homes. But the way Zarr and Altebrando write Roomies makes me feel like I do know how EB and Lauren are feeling. They're leaving behind not only family and their comfort zones; they're leaving behind places they knew like the back of their hands and people they had memories with. Maybe Lauren isn't too far away from home, but since she literally has had no life of her own, it'll be hard for her to make new memories.
What I did find a bit surprising was the romance. I thought that the way EB and Mark met was cute, but it did often remind me that Roomies was fiction. Keyon and Lauren are beyond adorable and believable, so I was more interested in them than EB and Mark.
And of course, there has to be a scene somewhere where EB and Lauren have a fight so that they could make up. I wasn't really feeling the nuances of it, and it just seemed to me a convenient way to cement their unanticipated friendship.
EB and Lauren are quite fortunate in the sense that they already have a head-start on the friend thing in college, and I do imagine that they'd make the kick-butt roommate pair in their campus hijinks. If only every college freshman was so lucky, eh?
I'd recommend Roomies not only to teens who have just graduated from high school, but also to teens who are afraid of leaving their comfort zones. I'm not saying it's always bound to be better out there, but it'll make your life a little bit more interesting, if it isn't already.