Friday, January 10, 2014

Roomies Giveaway

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.

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.

The authors, Sara and Tara, will be touring for this book, so if you are in the area, please try to stop in and see them!

    • 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 was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of The Lucy VariationsHow to Save a LifeWhat We LostSweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl. Her website is

Tara Altebrando is an author of books for adults and teens, including The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) LifeDreamland Social ClubWhat Happens Here and The Pursuit of Happiness. She lives with her family in Queens, New York. Her website is
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Praise for the book

  • *"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." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
  • "An honest and pitch-perfect story that's filled to the brim with our most overwhelming emotions: fear, hope, and love." ( Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss ).
  • "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!" ( Megan McCafferty, NYT bestselling author of Jessica Darling's It List ).
  • "Authentic and drama filled." (Booklist).
  • "The main characters' back stories are engaging, and the large supporting cast of friends and family members 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." (Kirkus ).
  • Praise for Sara Zarr:
    * "Zarr has established herself as an author who must not be missed."
    (VOYA on How to Save a Life, starred review).
  • "Engrossing...Impossible to put down." (John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, on Story of a Girl).
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    , for the love of the book.

    So, To help promote this book, The publisher is offering a giveaway! YEAH!  But First, I would like to share a Roomie Story!

    So, I went to college with my best friend. We had been best friends since kindergarten, and decided to go off to college together and room together to make the transition easier for the both of us.  What I would soon learn, is that my BEST friend, enjoyed to party a little too much, and bring guys home often.  I spent many a nights sleeping in the lounge.  Not fun for me.  So pretty much after the first year of college, we decided not to room together again, however, be on the same floor.  The first year really put stress on our friendship.  Finally, I stood my ground and voiced my feelings to her, and that is when our friendship ended.  All those years, I finally learned that our friendship was one sided.  So after over 25 years later, we still have not spoken to each other.  There are times when I miss that friendship.

    However, it goes on.  My oldest son was going off to college, and decided to room with his best friend.  I begged...pleaded...please don't room with him. It will ruin our friendship.   Alas, he did not heed my warning.  And that friendship ended too.

    So, my advise, even though it seems like a good idea and you think you will have so much fun, DON'T ROOM WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND.  It's not worth risking that friendship.

    So now for the giveaway.  The publisher is offering a copy of Roomies to one US only resident.  Please enter the rafflecopter!

    There's also another giveaway:

    We're hosting a ROOMIES "Win One for You and Your Reader" campaign/sweepstakes on January 10, 2014, just before Sara and Tara's first store appearance, and we would love for you to participate! We'll be giving away 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. 

    Which I will pick a winner from a commenter!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    1. I have had a super bad roomie experience. Our crappy roomie actually stole my wedding ring and denied it all. I never got it back and that person never admitted to it. But I'm sure it's long gone. But one day I'll just have to get a bigger and better one.

      Can't wait to read this book! I've been hearing a lot of good things.

    2. had a horrible one who looked through my stuff when I wasn’t there

    3. Unfortunately yes, my first year in college.
      Thanks for the giveaway!

    4. Yes I had a town house with one of my ex best friends and it was terrible. She moved her boyfriend in that i did not like and I had money stolen from me, they were both slobs and constantly trying to have parties.

    5. The only room mate I've ever had was my sister. We shared a room for 15 years! It had its pros and cons, but it kept us close :) We're only 3 years apart, so we could talk about a lot of things. Thanks for this!