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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Roommates: The Trials and Tribulations of Cohabitation by Sam Bracey is a fantastic story that resonated with me. In this memoir, the author takes readers on a hilarious ride through his formative years and what it meant for him to live with roommates. Starting with what to consider when choosing a roommate, the author shares his experience living with twenty-three different individuals in his thirty-year adult life and what it was like for him — the alliances, friendships, accusations, drugs, alcohol, bills, chores, and many things in between. In this memoir, readers are pulled into the day-to-day life of the author and the challenges of living with others. The memoir captures the mind and spirit of a young man who is adventurous at heart, making a cross-country journey from Milwaukee to San Francisco, seeking better opportunities. Anyone who has ever shared a room with someone will find themselves in these pages.
There is so much to commend in Roommates: The Trials and Tribulations of Cohabitation and while the author shares some of his trying experiences, he also enlightens readers on how to be sensitive and accommodating when living with someone, what to know and do when choosing a roommate, and what to expect. The memoir also offers powerful insights on what it actually means to be at home, and as one reads through the story, one begins to understand that it is not always about comfort and ease. Sam Bracey is a good storyteller who weaves humor and realism into the memoir and I loved how he uses ordinary episodes from his life to create a good reading experience. It is insightful and hugely entertaining, a story that will resonate with many readers.