I reserved We Are Okay from the library on a whim after reading an article on Goodreads about Nina LaCour. I was only familiar with Nina LaCour because she co-wrote You Know Me Well with David Levithan. I really enjoyed that book, so I decided I should read one of her novels.
This book is quite sad. Marin’s grandfather died right before she was supposed to start college, and she’s not dealing with it very well. She escaped to NYC early and hasn’t spoken to anyone from home in a few months. It’s now Christmas break, and her best friend, Mabel, has come to the city to try to bring her home.
The details of what happened in the past – between Mabel and Marin, with Marin’s grandfather, with her mother – are revealed slowly throughout this short novel. Something Marin discovered before she left California has her question everything she’s ever known.
Nothing much happens in this book. It is very character-driven, but there was something beautiful about this book. I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it. Sometimes reading something sad can be just right.
Rating: 3 Stars