ROOMIES is a novel I coauthored with fellow Young Adult author Sara Zarr. It’s about two girls who’ve just graduated from high school and find out that they’re going to be college roommmates. They live on opposite coasts and have never met. The book follows their parallel summers and email communication leading up to move-in day. Here’s the book trailer!

Here are some nice things people have said about 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)

“In a classic two-voice YA novel, authors Zarr and Altebrando expose the excitement, uncertainties, and sheer terror high-school graduates experience as they face college…Authentic and drama filled, this novel offers reassurance to all teens who, regardless of destination, are facing the next chapter in their lives: leaving home.” —Booklist

“The main characters’ back stories are engaging, and the large supporting cast of friends and family members (especially Lauren’s sweet brothers and sisters) 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 Reviews

“With authentic and distinct voices relayed through a combination of emails and first-person narratives, the authors create a modern and meaningful epistolary novel….[A] resonant story perfect for any teenager going to college—or simply struggling to make peace with herself and her world.” —Bulletin of the Center for the Study of Children’s Books (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