Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Release: December 24, 2013 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
One glance at this cover reveals clean, confident lines dividing bright colors from a white background. The doodled image strikes readers with its boldness, enticing them to turn the pages inside.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.
A more lingering look, though, unlocks another cause of this cover's stunning quality. With imposing title text slicing the setting in two and bedroom scenes painted in different shades, the cover artist creates a divide between the image's halves. Before reading the first page, viewers can sense an opposition and feel a spark of conflict, which prepares them to watch two main characters deal with differences.
Too long of a gaze fills viewers with an uncontrollable desire to pick up the novel and start reading immediately. Considering Roomies does not release until December, I should look away now.