Friday, January 10, 2014

Roomies: My Story and a Sweepstakes Giveaway

As part of the promotional tour for Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, I'm sharing a roomie story and yes, a giveaway for a finished copy of the book (which, by the way, is SUPERB, and you can find my review here)!

My freshman year of college was great. I made a lot of friends, took some interesting classes, etc. I lived in the honors dorm (that's right, I'm cool), and didn't know my roommate ahead of time. She was an art therapy/art education major, and we ended up getting along superbly. We were both crafty and liked to make things and rearrange the room about once every three months. 

It went downhill when her friend started visiting. This girl lived a few doors down the hall, and for some reason, claimed she couldn't sleep in her own room. So she brought a sleeping bag and slept on our floor. Six nights a week. She was also an athlete who had to get up around 4:30 for practice. Enter the alarm. I am not a morning person. I was not a happy camper every time this alarm went off. So this began the weirdness of room shuffling. Every time she came to our room around six in the evening to hang out, be loud and disruptive, and eat my snacks (?), I grabbed my stuff and ran for safety further down the hall with my friend Ellen*, who was also having roommate trouble. 

Hers was more along the lines of having attachment issues to boys she thought she was dating. And she would sob for hours and days about the latest one she was upset about not having dated. So Ellen and I found ourselves shuffling between our rooms, trying to avoid the crazies. 

Sophomore year, we became roommates, and are still excellent friends to this day. We watched TLC (including Little People, Big World and Sister Wives) at bedtime and talked about other people's lives, she wrote me bedtime lullabies and sang along with her guitar, and we generally were just really silly and awesome roommates. So I'm glad I dealt with the strangeness that I did or I never would have become such good friends with Ellen.

And everyone needs a crazy roommate story at some point. That's where all the good stories come from. :)

*Name is changed to keep this anonymous

I hope you enjoyed my roomie story, and now for the giveaway! One lucky winner (US only per request from the publisher!) will receive a finished copy of Roomies! And trust me, I've read it, you definitely want this book in your collection.

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Sara and Tara will also be on tour at the following places! I'm not anywhere near them, but I'm sure it's going to be excellent, so if you're close, you should go!
  • 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]


  1. I've loved reading people's crazy roommate stories! I got lucky my first year because I was randomly put in the dorms and the group of girls in my cluster (cluster of 4 rooms where each housed 2 and shared a tiny living space) were the best. They were a year ahead and all knew each other but they were so awesome and fun to hang out with! some of us got an apt together the next year and it was great until we had to sublet a room when one of them went to study abroad. The girl who moved in was a nightmare and kept smoking inside the apt! it filled the whole place up with smoke and we kept asking her to smoke outside and she promised but NEVER did. we finally had to threaten to tell management because it was getting so bad! I would escape my apt to go to my boyfriend's because I couldn't breathe in mine. but i think that's one of the best things to look back on in undergrad is those crazy roommate stories!

  2. I'm so glad you wound up with a wonderful roommate!

    My school does things a little differently, and you can pick a roommate after 3-day orientation if you want to. I met my roommate during a mudfight at orientation, and we decided we wanted to be roommates after only a day. We were similar but different and made magnificent roommates. Stayed happily together for all 4 years of college.

    Not everyone I know was so lucky, though, LOL. We were often the room where my now-BFF escaped to when she had to get away from her crazy roommate during freshman year.

    Also, YAY for Roomies! I can't wait to read it! I love epistolary novels, and this one sounds fantastic.

  3. Alls well that ends well ;)

    I really wanted to live in the dorms but it was just not in the budget, sadly. Sounds like an amazing experience though!


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