I was very interested when I read the premise of this book – a socialite moves across the country to follow a boy only to find out said boy rented out his room to a Craigslist stranger that is in the adult entertainment industry. I mean, it sounds so fun and refreshing! While The Roommate was fun and fast paced and addicting (I finished it in two sittings), a few things did kinda leave me conflicted. SIDE NOTE: If I’m being totally honest, my brain is fried at the moment because I just finished reading The Song of Achilles, probably the best book I’ve read in my entire life, and I procrastinated this review, so now I can’t do anything but think about The Song of Achilles and suffer through the largest book hangover ever. I don’t want to be unfair to this book, so I think the best way to review it is with a trusty pros and cons list. Here we go.
- The cover ❤
- Original and refreshing take on the roommate trope
- Great sex/sex worker positivity: I enjoyed the themes of breaking down the stigma that clouds sex workers and the porn industry. I also liked that they included insights on the harassment that sex workers experience in/outside work.
- It was hot and steamy, but for the hype I guess I was expecting a little more. I think the Bromance Book Club has more steam… but overall, it was alright. I think my expectations were just a little too high.
- Even though the idea of this book is about sex and pleasure, Danan placed a large emphasis on what makes a healthy sexual relationship – trust, honesty, communication, and safety.
- I really loved Josh and his ex-girlfriend Naomi’s relationship. As far as secondary characters go, Naomi was a good one.
- Josh, the love interest, is really sweet and he carried the relationship *and book* on his shoulders.
- The main character, Clara Wheaton: she was a flat and boring and just undeveloped. Her entire back story – the wealthy family, the influence, the fear of being a part of a scandal and mentioned in the society pages – was not very believable. This is such a large part of her inner conflict, ye we never see a confrontation with her family on-page. The only part of her story I found real and honestly gut-wrenching was that she moved across the country to follow a boy she’s been silently in love with for years and he literally dumps her at his house with a random roommate while he goes off touring with his band. I mean, dude that shit hurt.
- The conflict at the end of the book/ how the book ended: I didn’t like the relationship conflict in the end at all. I feel like it was put in the book for the sake of conflict and the resolution was too quick and felt rushed.
Publication Date: Sept 2020
Date Read: Feb 9 — Feb 10, 2021
CW: on-page car accident (no casualties or major injuries); anxiety/panic over driving; discussion of leaked nude photos