Book Blurb: “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.
An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.”
Hello everyone! Today I have for you the We Are Okay by Nina LaCour review – also known as the book that every YA reader went crazy buying this year because it has such a beautiful cover. I came close to buying this book during my Shakespeare and Company Haul but I am very thankful that I waited until my Barnes and Noble trip because boy was there a price difference! Not to mention the fact that it was a perfect summer read.
To just start this off with a summary of my feelings about it, I both disliked and loved this book. It was a really unique contemporary read and from a writers aspect, I highly recommend it. With that being said though, it definitely didn’t meet my expectations. Prior to reading it this summer, I didn’t hear much about it besides the fact that people were currently reading it or felt that it was “just okay” (pun not intended). Which now that I have read it, I agree with them.
“I close my eyes, and I breathe her in, and I think about this home that belongs to neither of us, and I listen to the fire crackling, and I feel the warmth of the room and of her body, and we are okay. We are okay.”
The whole concept of it is raw and beautiful but until the end not much happens besides feelings and the past being discussed. So in terms of it being an eventful book that held my attention the whole time, it just didn’t do that for me. Instead it was very slow-paced and caused me to have a lot of sympathy for the characters while at the same time thinking philosophically about my own life. However, I did really appreciate LaCour’s choice of tying in the past with the present. It made the story both contemporary and a mystery which is currently a rare thing to find in new young adult books. Her character’s were fully developed, the conflict was strong and emotional, and the overall impact definitely pulls your heart-strings. Not to mention the fact that Marin and Mable had a romantic past *SPOILER* which is always nice to read in new books that are keeping up-to-date with controversial topics that should just be accepted.
As a Creative Writing student, I took a lot from this book in terms of writing style and plot, seeing as the whole book takes place in a little over a weeks time in relatively the same location. I haven’t read many (if any) books like this before so it was a neat experience. This allowed LaCour to go far more in-depth with little habits of each character, create beautiful imagery when describing the main character’s memories and end the book with tears in your eyes.
Overall, this was one of my favorite summer reads this year. Yes it had a few flaws but having not read many YA novels during these last few months, this was the perfect book to read between an intense historical fiction (The Book Thief) and a young adult fantasy (City of Bones). I am very glad that I read it and can finally join the book community’s support of it but I definitely won’t be re-reading it any time soon.
Would I suggest this book to a friend?: Yes but only if they enjoy YA contemporaries.
Would I read another book by Nina LaCour because I loved her writing style so much?: Yes