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A collaborative tale by the National Book Award finalist author of Story of a Girl and the acclaimed author of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life follows the email correspondence between two girls destined to be college roommates, exchanges that reflect respective challenges and a growing friendship. Simultaneous.
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Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.From Booklist:
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. The premise—e-mails from the Berkeley housing director announcing roommate assignments—is a clever device for introducing EB (Elizabeth) and Lauren to each other and the reader. New Jersey native EB, or, as Lauren quickly dubs her, Ebb, is headed to California to study landscape architecture and escape her mother, who has become excessively irritating lately. Lauren, on the other hand, is staying close to home, although she alternately craves and fears the short distance dorm life will afford from her four young siblings and overly stressed parents. EB’s gay father, who disappeared from her life when she was five and now runs an art gallery in San Francisco, and Lauren’s black boyfriend add plot complexity and keep both girls off-balance. 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Zarr, a National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl (2007), and Altebrando are backed by a substantial marketing and publicity campaign that includes select author appearances and a blog tour. Grades 9-12. --Frances Bradburn
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