Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
The countdown to college has begun.
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Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Teens, I have a copy of Roomies to give to one lucky follower!
Let me preface this by saying that I have shared a room for most of my life. Growing up, I shared with my younger brother until puberty made it weird. So I moved downstairs into *le gasp* MY OWN ROOM! I spent about five glorious years reveling in a space that I could (almost) call my own. For some reason my father insisted on using half the room as storage that could have easily gone upstairs in the attic. It was annoying but at least it wasn’t another human being who snored, didn’t clean, smelled, or otherwise ruin my inner calm.
Fast forward to college, way back in 2008 (yeah, I’m old so what?). Since day one, I had the worst luck with roommates. Freshman year I had a conservative Korean girl who insisted on bringing all her other Korean-speaking friends to have pow-wows in our room. Sophomore and junior year I had a scatterbrained girl who was much too chipper at 6am. But the roommate who takes the cake, was my senior year.
As a senior, I was still living in the biggest dorm on campus because I couldn’t afford an apartment in NYC. It just wasn’t going to happen. So I had retained my dorm room since sophomore year for various reasons:
- Minimal stair-climbing because it was on the second floor of an eighteen floor building
- There was a small convenience store located right beneath where I could indulge all my Ben & Jerry cravings
- It was actually a triple room that had been changed to two because I got kicked out of the room I picked in the rooming lottery my freshman year due to renovations
I loved that room and after living in it for both sophomore and junior year, by senior year it felt like mine. But a dorm room never stayed unoccupied for long, so senior year I was thrown together with a sophomore fashion major. She stopped by the room shortly before summer break and I though we hit it off. Then September rolled around and everything changed…
- She would run her sewing machine at 4am with all the lights on and told me that I should have excepted this at an art school when the floor’s common room was right across the hall
- Ran the blender for her disgusting smelling sludge smoothies at 6am when I didn’t have class until 9am
- Left the used blender and all manner of baking pans to sit in the sink or on top of the stove for days
- Then threatened to leave dirty dishes on my bed when I’d leave them for a couple days
- Yelled at me for not waking her up to finish homework before a class because she had vaguely mentioned it the night before
- Called me immature for not taking burning Ramen off the stove after she put it on to cook then left for 20 minutes when I had no idea she’d left food cooking and didn’t smell it
- Complained when I had music/movie/television playing at any decibel and insisted that I wear headphones constantly
- Claimed I didn’t clean the bathroom enough when all the gunk and film in the sink and shower resulted from her hippie, organic shampoos and soaps
- Tried to tell me that my boyfriend couldn’t visit with only three months left in my last semester
- Slept at weird hours because she worked at both the college administration offices and as a baby-sister so I could never bring friends over
- Passive aggressively mocked me for comments I made in private on Facebook
- Made my last year of college living hell
GAH! It still makes me angry thinking about it two years later. But let’s move on, shall we? Sara and Tara will be touring to promote Roomies and here are the confirmed 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]
[Personal side note: McNally Jackson is one of the most amazing indie bookstores I’ve been to and I even got to meet the owner, Sarah McNally – indie forever!]
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