Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Date Published: February 14th, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Summary: “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 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.
Nina LaCour has been on my auto-buy list ever since I read Everything Leads to You. The worlds and characters she brings to life make me fall in love every single time. That’s why when I heard about her new book, I knew I had to get my hands on it somehow. So when Emma over at Miss Print offered it on her ARC Adoption I was so excited! We Are Okay is a beautiful story about love, loss, and family. Told in past and present this story delves deep into relationships and how bonds may be stronger than we think.
I don’t even know how to put into words what I felt about this book. Because I am in this weird state of knowing I loved it, and not being able to put into words what I loved about it exactly. I mean I’m gonna try but there’s no guarantee I’ll even be coherent.
First off, it’s Nina Lacour. Not only are her books beautiful, seriously Everything Leads to You is one of my favorite covers. But her writing is so flawless. She brings these characters to life. You’ve been these characters or you know these characters. I’ve been Marin. I’ve been lost and afraid and I’ve questioned the bonds I have with family and friends. Marin was real to me, it’s why this book was so hard to read but so hard to put down. After finishing it I wasn’t able to get it out of my mind.
Second, the relationships that Marin had, and the fact that the focus was not on romantic love but the love of family. Whether it’s the ones we’re born into or the ones we choose for ourselves. It’s something I wish to see more of in YA. I love the types of stories that show that families aren’t always what we think they will be. They’re unconventional but they work. And sometimes the best families come from the people who know us better than the ones we were born into.
Third, the feelings this book will give you. The setting, the characters they are done so well that the loneliness and pain just come off the pages and hit you hard. This book has a great ending but it’s still wrapped in this sadness that is so encompassing that you have to go watch some happy tv show right after to get out of the mood it puts you in. It honestly just shows the range that Nina has as an author. The fact that this book makes you feel so much and so intensely is just what makes Nina such a great author.
Overall, I recommend this to anyone, young and old. Great characters and an epically beautiful story full of love and hope, it’s one you will seriously need to pick up. I loved this book with all my heart and I know you will too!