I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
on February 14, 2017
Also by this author: Hold Still, The Disenchantments
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“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.
I’ve read most of Nina LaCour’s books and absolutely loved them. She has a beautiful way with words that never fails to leave me in awe. We Are Okay was just as lovely and sad as I expected it to be.
We Are Okay is about Marin who has grown up surrounded by secrets. Marin’s story unfolds slowly. She tells it when she’s ready and not a second before. I loved how the past and the secrets were revealed. I couldn’t help but keep turning the pages to find out more. The story takes place during the week of Christmas and I coincidentally read it the week of Christmas too. That made it feel even more intimate.
Marin’s loneliness is palpable in the story. She has such a deep sadness that seems irreparable. I wanted to see her be okay. I wanted her to heal. I loved watching her slowly open up to Mabel. Their friendship was utterly broken. It felt hopeless to Marin to even try to fix the damage that had been done. The snowy isolation makes them reveal their feeling and their deepest hurts. It was a beautiful thing to witness. Please don’t be put off by the grief and sad aspects of the story. It’s also such a hopeful story.
Nina LaCour’s books are always evocative and full of lovely prose. We Are Okay was another wonderful book by her. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, I urge you to!