Thursday, October 24, 2013

Before I Read Roomies

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Release: December 24, 2013 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
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.

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.


  1. I really love the cover for this one! I love how the room is split in two! And the colors catch your attention quickly. This book sounds really good. And the cover makes me want to read it even more than the summary does! :)

  2. I agree with this post wholeheartedly and the comment above! I absolutely want to read this one because of the vibrancy and the colors make my fingers twitch to get it.

  3. YOUR. WRITING. IS. GORG. * ^ * Too amazing for my eyes. I definitely agree! The cover looks amazing!--don't look too long, you might be tempted to do something bad while it's not released yet. ;D I really love how looks drawn instead of photographed which I always adore.<3 And the beautiful color choice.<3 Thanks for sharing this amazing book cover equally anticipating it, because the synopsis sounds mega-awesome! ^^

    1. I can already tell you're one of those people who always leave amazing comments.

      I agree about the hand-drawn style; that's probably my favorite cover art technique. I also like handwriting-style titles and/or doodles on top of an actual picture.

      But you're right. I should look away. Bad things could stem from this obsession.

  4. Fun idea for a feature. I'm a huge cover junkie and love checking out covers for clues before I start. This one does give the impression that the two roomies will be at odds with each other. Sounds fun! I have it too and am really looking forward to it.

    1. You understand me! This cover does hold a lot of clues about the book's tone and plot, and I hope we both find that its contents live up to its exterior.


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