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ROOMIES ‘Win One for You and Your Reader’ Campaign: My Roomie Story + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be participating in Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ ROOMIES “Win One for You and Your Reader” Roomie Story Campaign. While the Roomie survival kit/gift pack that is up for grabs for participating blogs (and one of their readers) sounds awesome, I would have participated regardless of the prize.

The idea of sharing my roomie story sounded like so much fun – especially as it was a complete nightmare – that it wouldn’t have taken much prodding for me to share it. AND helping to promote ROOMIES and the authors’ upcoming tour is something I’m totally stoked to do.

ROOMIES was released on December 24th, 2013 and both Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando will be on tour in January and February. If you’d like to meet the authors they’ll be on tour…

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, 2014 – Petaluma, CA | Copperfield’s Books

The publishers have also offered up for giveaway a copy of the book on each participating blog – US only. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, just scroll down to the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. The giveaway ends on January 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

The survival kit/gift pack winners will be announced by the publisher on January 20th. The gift pack includes: earplugs, home spa essentials, a signed copy of the book, a special note from the authors, and other fun things – all packed into a shower caddy. How awesome is that?

If for some reason I do win the prize, I will be passing it along to one of my blog’s readers who needs it more than I do. I adore my current roomie.

Anyway…

Before I get to MY roomie-from-heck story… which actually kind of makes me sound a little mean-girl… I thought I’d share some information about the book, places to find it online, a link to read an excerpt and its trailer and some information about both authors and places to find them online.

I’ve tucked My Roomie Story in just before the giveaway. And I’m so curious to see who you think is worse – me or her. 

About Roomies

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Description…

It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. 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. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

Authors: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Publication Date: December 24, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Read an excerpt HERE.

The Trailer

 

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About Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, most recently The Lucy Variations, which the New York Times called “an elegant novel.” Her sixth, a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando, came out December 2013.

She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, the Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library, and have been translated into many languages.

In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays and creative nonfiction for ImageHunger Mountain online, and Response as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. As of summer 2013, she’s a member of the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Sara also hosts the This Creative Life podcast. She is the current Salt Lake City Literary Death Match Champion.

Born in Cleveland and raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at www.sarazarr.com.

Find her: WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS

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About Tara Altebrando

Tara Altebrando

In addition to my most recent novel, THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE, I’m the author of three previous books for Young Adults, including DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens of 2011, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and WHAT HAPPENS HERE.

Next up is ROOMIES, a novel I cowrote with Sara Zarr (Little Brown, December) and then my middle-grade debut, THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE (Running Press Kids, May 2014).

I live in Queens, New York, with my husband and two young daughters, Ellie and Violet.

Find her: WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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My Roomie Story

I didn’t go to camp because the idea of sharing a room with a number of strangers for an entire summer scared me to no end. While I never lacked friends, it always took me a while to warm up to strangers. And with all the nightmare stories I heard about pranks at camp, the idea of putting myself in that situation was just too terrifying to fathom.

So it wasn’t until I left for college that I was faced with having a roommate. Which was good… and bad.

I wasn’t given a heads-up about who my roommate would be. And as I was moving into a suite with four other girls, one of whom had the single reserved, I wasn’t even sure which of the four would actually be my roomie.

Not knowing was nerve-wracking. But I was already a wreck as I was leaving the love of my life behind as I trekked across country to attend school. And when I got there, the roommate situation was already sorted. Which was also good… but mostly bad.

The single was taken by a really nice, super smart, wealthy, soon-to-be-sorority girl. She lasted all of two months before she moved into the sorority.

The first double was taken up by the two girls who got there first. They’d arrived earlier than I did – both from California already – met, liked each other and decided it was better to pair up – in the larger room, I might add – than take a gamble that the two later arrivals might be better.

I really liked all of my suitemates, even my roommate when I first met her. On the surface she appeared to be the typical California girl – blonde, athletic, surfer. Underneath the surface she was all kinds of crazy.

While I won’t go into all the reasons why – there were many – in a nutshell my biggest issues involved hygiene, borrowing and not returning my stuff, being overly sensitive about everything.

My roomie liked to work out. A lot. Which was great. But she claimed some kind of problem with thin hair due to bleaching it that prevented her from washing it. Okay… but then I couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t shower, or wash her workout gear, or any of her clothes for that matter. And why, when she borrowed my clothes she’d put them in her dresser, soiled and smelly, and not bother to return them. Ever.

While I was all about swapping clothes with my suitemates, I expected those clothes returned cleaned and folded or hung up when they were done borrowing them. I also expected them to be returned. Julie seemed to have a problem with that.

She also wanted to be included in everything that we – my suitemates and I – did. Which wasn’t always feasible because our schedules didn’t coincide. It also wasn’t particularly desirable as our personalities didn’t, either.

And it wasn’t just me. Both my other suitemates weren’t particularly fond of her. We tried. Oh how we tried. But her incessant need to have suite meetings to share our feelings and talk about grievances didn’t go down well with a bunch of eighteen-year-olds just looking to have fun.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was a late-night lengthy argument in which she demanded that I and my suitemates look at her when talking to her. At all times. So if we were reclined on the sofa watching TV and she asked us a question, we’d have to lock eyes. If we were throwing a party in which we were chatting up a bunch of different people, we’d have to visually connect.

Had we been more mature, we might have been more sympathetic. We might have understood that she was feeling left out, that she was a bit more needy than most. But the constant after-party disagreements, which were a major downer, coupled with the sour smell of unwashed roomie and the daily… or I should say nightly… visits from her rather unpleasant, super cheap (don’t ask) and noisy (you don’t want to know) boyfriend made her persona non grata.

So after not-so-much debate we launched our own campaign to have her ousted from the suite. Photographic evidence of her uncleanliness and permanent borrowing of clothing was compiled, write-ups about her personality quirks were amassed from not only myself and my roommates but others in our “dorm” and we presented our case to the housing office of our near-campus housing.

Thankfully, as there were a number of students who left to move into sororities after the first quarter, they were able to find her a new roommate situation. While they could have moved one of us (me or her) into the newly emptied single in our suite, they opted instead to lock that room and move her out of the suite completely.

Which left me roommate free for the rest of the year. Well, mostly… as I did move the love of my life into our suite later that spring – yes, he moved to California – a few weeks prior to end of term. And for the rest of forever. Unless you count the love of my life, a.k.a. The Dude. Who has been the only roomie I’ve had since then.

But what about you?

Have you had a roommate-from-heck situation? Or was your roomie someone you liked who became a bff?

Whether it’s a long story or a short one, if you’d like to share your roomie story, leave a comment. I’d LOVE to hear about it!

Note: I left a LOT out about my roomie so as not to make this person sound quite as bad, so that I wouldn’t reveal how awkward things actually got, and so I wouldn’t be crossing so far over the TMI line there would be no coming back from it.

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The Giveaway

What’s Up for Grabs…

The publisher has offered up for giveaway a copy of ROOMIES to ONE winner – US only.

The Deets…

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Prize will be shipped directly from the publisher
  • Giveaway ends January 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter

There are NO requirements to follow or like. Just leave a comment answering the question about your roomie story – or your lucky/unlucky lack of one!

There are a few extra entry opportunities to follow the authors on Twitter, like their pages on Facebook and add ROOMIES on Goodreads.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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20 Responses to “ROOMIES ‘Win One for You and Your Reader’ Campaign: My Roomie Story + Giveaway”

  1. Danielle Nguyen says:

    I lived with a guy friend for a couple years after high school, which sounds like it might’ve been awkward but it actually worked out really well. No fighting over the bathroom like I used to with my sister ;)

  2. carlrscott says:

    I had lots of roomies in the past almost all were good situations, just a couple of bummers. Overall it was fine.

  3. Ann says:

    I had a roommate when I was in college. There was never a dull moment with her. She was like a cartoon character. One time she started complaining about the stickiness of scotch tape, saying that it wasn’t really sticky. So then she took a piece and placed it on her eyebrow. Before she did, I told her not to that it was a bad idea. She continued saying that scotch tape was not sticky. She then proceeded to rip it off, to prove it. But as she ripped, she yelped and shouted that it ripped some of her eye brow off. I just started laughing. She’s my best friend and we lived together for 3 years.

  4. Tara says:

    I’ve always loved having roommates. So much fun!

  5. Emily D says:

    My first year of college, I got a new roommate for second semester. She was just a terrible human being. She wouldn’t talk to me for the entire semester we lived together in the dorm. I hated her so much (and also because she always kept our room at crazy temperatures) The Reptile. God, she was just a bad person.

  6. I’ve never had a roommate. I’m absolute glad I never did as well!

  7. bn100 says:

    had a horrible one

  8. Diana M. says:

    I’m sad to say that the only roomie I’ve eve had is my sister…. we have our ups and downs, but in the end, we’re family <3

  9. alicia marie says:

    I’ve had a few roommates, but not really interesting stories about them. I got lucky and had pretty good roommates : )

  10. Chloe Lee says:

    I have never had a roomate, and though in theory it would be cool, I am glad that I don’t have one. Im not to good at sharing space.

  11. Adriana C says:

    I´ve never had a roommate, I don´t think I would like to had one.

  12. 1110cg says:

    No roommate yet.

  13. Angela says:

    I never had a roommate. I’m not sure if I would want one though, because I’m sot of socially awkward…

  14. Jenny S says:

    I’ve never had a roommate other than family. I think that worked out better for me!

  15. Justine says:

    I’ve had roomies of all kinds — awesome, so-so, and awful. One of my awesome roomies and I enjoyed calling the campus hotline that alerted students about weather conditions and whether classes were canceled. If we saw snow outside, we took turns calling the hotline in case the recorded message changed. Looking back, it was strangely redundant (i.e. pointless) behavior, but hey, this was back when there were landline phones and not everybody had a mobile phone with instant alerts. (Yes, my college years pre-dated smartphones.)

  16. Never had to deal with a roommate, ands after reading some of these stories I’m glad I haven’t lol

  17. Jackie G. says:

    I had three roomies during my time at college, and the first two I was assigned to room with. The first one was pretty neat. We definitely ran with different crowds, but she was still good company. My second roomie was nondescript. We talked once at the beginning of the year, and that’s it. The third was a friend I made at college, and I discovered it was a massive mistake to live with her. We had an on-campus apartment, and I ended up living with her for two and a half years. I don’t know how I made it that long. Somewhere after a year, she turned into a massive jerk. Anytime she would bring a friend over, she would make fun of me in front of them. Then, during the second year, she just quit cleaning. She would make smelly food and then never do the dishes. Literally. I left to go home for a long weekend, and she had two sinks filled with dirty dishes. When I returned four days later, the dishes were still in the sink, and the apartment smelled like rotting food. I spent the next hour gagging while scrubbing off crusted food. Then, she discovered sex, and she had three guys on rotation that she would bring home. I listened to my iPod so much that year. Oh God. We said goodbye to each other three years ago, and I haven’t talked to her since.

  18. I just wanted to let you know: this has to be the best Roomies story I’ve heard for this campaign. You’re a great storyteller :)

  19. The no showering and returning clothes thing would have driven me crazy, too!! (The only thing worse would be not returning books).

  20. Natasha says:

    I’ve never had a roommate.
    I’m not sure if I would like having one or not.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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