I had the chance to read Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr's new book Roomies and it. is. so. good. The summer between high school and college is fraught with change, and the emails that go back and forth between Lauren and Elizabeth, two future freshman-year roommates at UC-Berkeley, capture it all -- from friendship separations to family drama to the achingly bittersweet leaving-your-boyfriend lead-up. As for my freshman roommate, our first year together included fights over music taste and partying habits, but we are still close friends (hi, K!). It's all about, well, learning to live together.
And now, the giveaway: Little Brown is giving 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) to one lucky I Heart Daily reader. As long as you're signed up for the newsletter, you're entered! We'll choose a winner next week and notify them by email.
Want to catch Tara and Sara on tour this spring? Check out their schedule and see if they'll be near you:
January 12, 2014 – New York, NY: McNally Jackson January 15, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT: The King's English January 16, 2014 – Provo, UT: Provo Library February 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA: Books Inc, Opera Plaza February 5, 2015 – Petaluma, CA: Copperfield's Books