“All I needed was a cheap room to rent. I didn’t plan this. I swear.” (LOC 80)
Meadow was a shy, quiet, struggling college student needing a place to live. She didn’t think she could impress an uppity, rich snob like Lauren, but, to Lauren, she was the perfect roommate—quiet, studious, and polite.
Meadow’s situation is relatable in the sense that she doesn’t drink, doesn’t party, prefers a quiet evening at home, just works and studies, and lives off of Dollar Store detergent and Ramen noodles. For some odd reason, Lauren seems to genuinely like her. Soon, Meadow gets dragged into Lauren’s world of privilege, high style, and luxury. It overwhelms her, but then comes to realize that she might actually enjoy it. After all, it would seem that she won the lottery in roommates. It’s a whole new Meadow as she gets pushed to all these parties, suffering more hangovers than she would like. Too busy having “fun,” she starts forgetting her duties and responsibilities. Perhaps this change in lifestyle wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
One thing Meadow couldn’t stand was liars. Could Lauren be both a cheat and a liar?
Story is written in a diary-format with a candid and snarky voice. I liked Meadow’s attitude, but the story was pretty slow. It wasn’t as thrilling as I though it be. And what was the problem really? So Lauren might’ve been having an affair with a married college professor? So what? Suddenly Meadow makes it her mission to follow her and seek justice. Ok, so who was the obsessive nut job here?
My rating: 3 stars