Roomies by Lindy Zart

We have all been there. You are in love. Crazy love. The kind of love that runs so rampant in your veins that it not only becomes a part of you, but it actually becomes you. It starts trying to make decisions for you. It struggles to over-rule you in the way you choose to talk or what you choose to wear or even who you spend your time with. At any given moment and without warning, you will discover that you have stopped caring about everything and everyone and have entered the land in your mind where your love lives. Should be great, right? Well, it also just so happens that this love is unrequited. Or is it? You are now living your life in the gray zone, and it’s horrible, maybe. It might actually be great, if you could ever stop contradicting yourself. This is the paradox that Lindy Zart explores in Roomies, and she does it flawlessly.

Kennedy is the every girl. Meaning that she is just as insecure on the inside as we all really are as well but tries to cover it up with a more dominant and appealing trait to conceal said insecurity. Kennedy’s poison of choice is sarcasm and a quick wit. While demonstrating confidence and self-assuredness on the outside, Kennedy is full of contradictions and confidence on the inside. Zart does an amazing job of shaping a female character that was in no way self-deprecating, but still mirrored similarities that all women share in the form of occasionally being thrown off course by what could be the love of our life. If only he would pay the heck attention.  I am honestly so sick of silly, insecure little female leads that I could spit, and Zart is the author that has FINALLY satisfied my need for a real female lead.  Zart also makes Kennedy come alive by infusing her with hilarious witticisms and charming quirks that make the reader feel like we could be best friends with Kennedy not simply appreciate her in the text of the book and leave it like that. I found myself wanting to know Kennedy more and more as the book went on, and further felt invested as she navigated through her suddenly full dance card of men to choose from, even though there was only one she really wanted to dance with.

Zart also does a stunning job of creating believable men in which we would want to be involved with. Talk about your book boyfriend mecca! With Graham and Blake being the two central focuses of the plot as well as of Kennedy’s new extracurricular life, Zart does an amazing job of making it difficult to choose who to root for. Graham, the ever constant friend and roommate who has always made Kennedy weak in the knees and whom she has shared a history with and had long since given her heart to. Even if it was unnoticed for so long Graham is the guy who we initially think is a no brainer for Kennedy to be with, but when Blake bursts onto the scene, we can’t help find his wounded soul, troubled past, and bad boy edge super sexy and want to scream at Kennedy to just jump on the back of his bike and ride off into the sunset. Talk about your love conundrum. I personally found myself wishing I were in Kennedy’s shoes for a bit, and was even able to do so and the book drew me in, and the emotions and experiences that Kennedy went through in her new emotional arena, I felt like I was going through too, and it made me laugh and feel so much all at the same time.

This was the first book that I have read by Zart, and I know that it certainly will not be the last. I read this book right after a very devastating time emotionally, yet when I dove into the world of roomies, my heart forgot to keep hurting and instead all the feelings that are splayed out on each page filled it up instead. In a time where I should have felt grief, this book allowed me to empty myself of that for a moment, and fill it up with the humor and the reminder how beautiful and fun and unexpected life can be, and celebrate that with these characters. For that I am grateful and this book and the author who penned it now hold a very significant place in my little book worm heart.

In case you were unsure by all of my overzealous praise of this book, I give it 5 out of 5 morals, but really it deserves more than that. It deserves to be recognized as a book that acts as a mirror for all of us, revealing the very best in us, and demonstrating that we all contain some of the worst, primarily in the form of uncertainty. It reminds us that life is far too short to wait to take a chance, because if you wait too long, someone else may come along and challenge you for what should have already been yours. However it also tells us that there is no such thing as too late, and that whatever is meant to be will be, and that we should simply embrace everything that we are with all of our heart, and enjoy the ride, wherever we may end up.