Review: The Roommate

The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Publisher:  Berkley • Publication Date: September 15, 2020

When a book has a lot of hype around it, do you feel that ruins your reading experience? Like many, I have fallen victim to the hyped books of bookstagram over the past few months and I feel like I haven’t enjoyed most of them. Maybe I’m going in with my expectations too high, but on a few occasions I found myself questioning if it should be a book I should really be adding to the DNF pile.

Unfortunately, The Roommate was a hyped book that I just didn’t like. I struggled with reading the book, but I kept going thinking that it would get better and for me it didn’t. My biggest issue with the book was I was not rooting for a relationship between Clara and Josh, the whole point of the book. For me, I didn’t understand their attraction to each other. It felt like they liked each other out of the convenience of living together. When they did start their relationship it felt very superficial.

There are some positives though, what I really did appreciate about the book was how it aims to destigmatize the porn industry and advocating for proper sexual education. I did enjoy the character of Naomi, so I’m looking forward to the second book, The Intimacy Experiment, for a story that focuses on her and a rabbi.

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