from Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
At the risk of sounding like a weirdo, I want to tell you how much our emails have meant to me in general. I really needed someone like you this summer. Someone on the outside who could look in with a different perspective. So even if we end up hating each other the second we meet – if we even ever do! – I want to say thanks.
I snagged this book from the library shelves because of the cover. I stayed because of the story.
Let me just say that I am not usually a fan of dual perspective novels; I find them contrived and gimmicky and the two voices end up sounding like each other anyway.
Not so with this book. I guess it helps that two different authors collaborated. Both EB and Lo are distinct young women with distinctly unique lives and personalities. Both are the kinds of girls I’d have loved to hang out with in high school, for totally different reasons. They are authentic and engaging and utterly believable. Kudos to Zarr and Altebrando for channeling their inner teens!
I also enjoyed the conceit of setting the scene in that limbo period right after senior year in high school. This is a time rarely explored in YA fiction. The authors’ portrayal of the impatience and anxiety, of the bittersweet I-wanna-stay-I wanna-go mentality, was so real that it brought an ache to my throat remembering that selfsame time in my life.
And of course, I love the fact that the cover art accessorizes so nicely with my outfit of the day.
Today’s 40s trend is the Hawaiian print and I won’t lie – I went to eBay for this little beauty when I realized that – gasp! – I owned nothing in a tropical print. And what closet is complete without a tropical print, yeah?
Sadly, most items that sport this print are either very bodycon (think luau dancers and pareos) or very mannish (think bermuda shorts-wearing tourists at Disneyland). This shirt was a happy discovery – look at the cunning wooden buttons that remind me of coconuts! – because the print wasn’t too obnoxious or derivative.
Unfortunately, it’s a short-sleeved collared button up, so it still had that non-femme feel to it. Enter flippy skirt and cropped denim jacket to inject some girly sass. I had a conversation going on over at Audrey’s Putting Me Together, and she’d mentioned that perhaps cropped denim jackets might skew too young. I mostly agree, but with my short-stack self, I think I can get away with it.
And even if I couldn’t, let’s just say I’m reliving my pre-university days à la EB and Lo from Roomies in this ensemble.
And if that still doesn’t convince you, I say it’s Spring Break so it’s a fashion free for all! Mwaahahahaha!
Over to you, my friends. What books have you read and what outfits were inspired by them? Click on the froggy and do tell…
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Skirt – Boohoo
Jacket – F21
Wedges – Ross