Share Your Roomie Story and Win a Copy of the Book

I just posted my review of Roomies, a great new book by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando about two girls on opposite sides of the country who learn they will be college roommates. I’m also taking part in a giveaway for the book, part of a promotion that kicks off the authors’ tour of bookstores.

In the comments section, tell us a little about your own “roomie story.” Whether it’s about a sibling, a roommate at camp or college, or even in your first apartment. One person (U.S. street addresses only please) who comments before midnight (PST) Friday, January 24 will win a copy of Roomies. Please note: The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Denise on winning.

Roomies cover imageHere are the upcoming confirmed tour dates for the authors:
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, 2015 – Petaluma, CA: Copperfield’s Books

And here’s my roomie story. I lived at home when I went to college and even when I moved away later I started out on my own with a studio apartment. But all my life growing up I shared a bedroom, and a double bed, with my sister. Of course, most nights were pretty routine with both of us drifting off to sleep right away. But on the nights we were angry with each other we drew a line in the sheets with our hands and dared the other to cross it. Lying there fuming, one of us would inevitably stick a toe across the line. If that didn’t get a reaction, the whole foot ventured across. Soon we were grappling with each other in a frustrated embrace and our parents were threatening to come in an spank us. Over the years I learned a lot about getting along with the person sleeping next to you.

In addition to one winner of the book, one lucky blogger and reader will win a Roomie survival kit/gift pack including earplugs, home spa essentials, a signed copy of the book, a special note from the authors, and other fun things—all packed in a shower caddy. Here’s to good luck for readers at Mother-Daughter Book Club!

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  1. bn100 says:

    had a horrible one who looked through my stuff when I wasn’t there

  2. Denise says:

    I intended to room with a friend since childhood….she and I both agreed to put a third name, of a high school friend, on our list. Turns out my “intended” smoked…so my high school friend became my roomie. All mistakes should turn out so well. I didn’t know her well….that didn’t last long! We roomed together all four years—longer than many marriages!
    Almost forty years later, we are still happy talking about nothing. Great to have a friend with so much great history!

  3. Mindy D says:

    The only room mate I’ve ever had was my sister. We shared a room for 15 years! It had its pros and cons, but it kept us close :) We’re only 3 years apart, so we could talk about a lot of things. Thanks for this!

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