Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday

Nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).

This week, I’m excited about an upcoming YA release:


Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
(release date December 24, 2013)


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.

This sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

Freshman year of college is such a major transitional time, and it’s always interesting to me to see how it’s portrayed in fiction. (Recent great examples include Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Just One Day by Gayle Forman).

True confession time: My freshman roommate experience was NOT a good one — so maybe it’s time to read about one that starts off on a more positive note!

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

So what are you doing on Thursdays and Fridays? Come join me for my regular weekly features, Thursday Quotables and Flashback Friday! You can find out more here — come share the book love!


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16 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday

  1. I have yet to read a Sara Zarr novel but this one does sound like a good one. My freshman roommate experience was surprisingly good though, I was fortunate. Although we didn’t share an actual room together so that probably plays a huge part. Lol

    • I’ve never read anything by Sara Zarr either, but her name sure comes up a lot! Lucky you, having a good freshman roommate experience! Mine was the ultimate spoiled princess, whose charming habits included running up our phone bill and then not paying, and wearing designer jeans that were too small for her (and she was pretty tiny) and asking me to help zip them up. Wow, getting chills thinking about it! 🙂

      • Ugh! That is bad. I do have one bad story about my roommate though. This was in 2004 when the George Bush election was going on and she was a serious Democrat. When he won the election I could hear her sobbing the entire night through the walls. LOL

  2. Whoever the roommate is if you’re sharing a room you’ll fall out at some point, guaranteed. Something tells me some of the drama in this book, towards the end when they actually get to college, will come from that. Cool pick honey. 🙂

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