Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton Books For Young Readers
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 234
Format: Arc
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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. 

First things first, let's talk about this cover. I just cant get over the beauty of it. It ties in with the ambiance of the book so well. I give the cover 5 stars for sure!

This was a quick read for me. With only 234 pages I maybe spent 3 hours reading, but boy did it pack an emotional punch. The story centers around our main character Marin. Before Marin left for college she lived with her Grandfather, her only remaining relative. When her Grandfather dies, secrets come out and its to much for her to come to terms with. In turn, Marin runs off to college, completely isolating herself from her former life. When her friend Mabel comes to visit during Winter break, Marin has no choice but to face the past she tried so hard to run from. 

This story is told in the present, but also in flashbacks. We get to see how Marin gets to the point where she feels that there is no one she can rely on and how she copes with those emotions. It's a story about grief and loneliness, but It's also about growth. It's about picking up the pieces when tragedy strikes and learning how rebuild yourself.

I'm just going to come out with it, I CRIED! I cried and bawled like a baby. I found this book to be heavyhearted and beautifully written. There were points where I found it to be very relateable. (Apparently this is not a real word, but i'm going to use it anyway.) With such a short book, it was emotional roller-coaster and I enjoyed every second of it. 

"When I think of all of us then, I see how we were in danger. Not because of the drinking or the sex, or the hour of the night. But because we were so innocent and we didn't even know it." 
- We Are Okay
  Nina LaCour