Title – We Are Okay.
Author – Nina LaCour.
Publication date – 14th February 2017.
Publisher – Dutton Books for Young Readers.
Series status – Standalone.
“You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.”
What are words? How do I articulate my thoughts for this book in a way that makes sense? It was 3.44am when I finished this book. I had shivers down my spine and tears in my eyes. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I have just about recovered and I’m now ready to write my review. You know when you find a book and you never want to let it go ever again? That is this book. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my whole entire life. It’s a beautiful book of friendship, grief and learning to live again.
I fell in love with Marin from the very first chapter. Everything she’s been through, everything she’d lost was heartbreaking. Even though Marin’s Grandad only existed in flashbacks, I felt like I knew him. I felt like I could understand the pain he was in.
I wasn’t sure what I thought of Mabel to begin with but she grew on me. You could see how much she cared about Marin. It was obvious how desperate she was for her to open up and accept the home and love her family were offering her.
The writing was lyrical, beautiful and utterly addicting. You could feel the emotions leaping off the page. It was powerful and reminded me of a time where I was that lonely, when I didn’t think anyone cared enough to be my friend. I can’t even articulate how much this book means to me, how much I related to it, and how much like Marin I used to be.
This book has my heart. I loved the air of mystery throughout the book and it kept me reading and wanting more. I also didn’t expect the LGBT component so I was pleasantly surprised. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a beautiful, character driven story. To anyone whose ever felt lonely, and for anyone who is struggling to move on. This book is everything.
“Nina LaCour is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Griffin in June, 2016.
She has tutored, taught, and guest lectured in various places, including Berkeley City College, Maybeck High School, Stanford University, and Mills College, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2006. Her novels have been Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and have appeared on many state and regional lists. Nina won the 2009 Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature, was featured in Publishers Weekly as a Flying Starts Author, and was a finalist for the William C. Morris award. She loves teaching, reading work by emerging and established writers, and talking about the craft of fiction.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, photographer Kristyn Stroble, and their daughter.”
Have you read We Are Okay? If so – did you love it as much as I did or was it not your thing?