Thank you for your support of Independent Bookstores! Though BookPeople is temporarily closed to the public, we are still taking web orders through bookpeople.com to ship directly to you and now offering curbside pickup. For tips to help you understand what the AVAILABILITY of each book means and how soon to expect your book should you order it now, please visit this page.
Please note: we currently have the phones turned off. This is to keep the employees working in the store as safe as possible. All orders must be processed online and communication associated with each order will take place digitally. You will receive an email (from email@example.com -- check your spam filter) with next steps once your order is ready.
For the foreseeable future, BookPeople will continue to operate as your friendly, neighborhood, virtual bookseller. The best way to help us get through this time is by ordering ALL THE BOOKS, attending our virtual events, purchasing gift cards,greeting cards, or merch and subscribing to one of our amazing book subscriptions (available for kids and adults!).
Stay tuned to our social media (@BookPeople on Facebook, Twitter and Insta) and sign up for our newsletters for future updates.
Thank you for keeping Austin reading!
Your neighborhood booksellers
It's complicated, and may be unavailable. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date.
The countdown to college has begun.
When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California.
That first message comes as a surprise to Lauren in San Francisco; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are e-mailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With childhood friendships and family relationships 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.
With humor and heart, Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl, and Tara Altebrando, acclaimed author of The Pursuit of Happiness, join forces for a novel about that time after high school when everything feels like it's ending just as it's beginning.
About the Author
Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of The Lucy Variations, How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl. Her website is www.sarazarr.com.
Tara Altebrando is an author of books for adults and teens, including The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, Dreamland Social Club, What Happens Here and The Pursuit of Happiness. She lives with her family in Queens, New York. Her website is www.taraaltebrando.com.
Praise for Roomies:
A YALSA 2015 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
*"The authors give the story big doses of humor, sensitivity, and sweetness, along with a complex and realistic cast; EB and Lauren's stories amount to two great novels in one."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "With authentic and distinct voices relayed through a combination of emails and first-person narratives, the authors create a modern and meaningful epistolary novel...A resonant story perfect for any teenager going to college -- or simply struggling to make peace with herself and her world."—The Bulletin, starred review
"The main characters' back stories are engaging, and the large supporting cast of friends and family members are well-developed and integral to the girls' growth....The novel's deeply embedded theme of transition will have tremendous appeal for any teenager coping with change."—Kirkus Reviews
"Authentic and drama filled."—Booklist
"An honest and pitch-perfect story that's filled to the brim with our most overwhelming emotions: fear, hope, and love."—Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss
"This winning novel charms from the start. Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando perfectly capture the summer after high school graduation in all its glorious excitement and uncertainty. Required reading for the college bound!"—Megan McCafferty, NYT bestselling author of Jessica Darling's It List