Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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

We Are Okay
Nina LaCour
Young Adult Fiction
Penguin
February 14, 2017
Hardcover
240

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.

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