by Nina LaCour
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
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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.
I have to be honest and say that the cover for We Are Okay caught my eye right away! The color palette and the dual scene combined into one is just so beautiful. Then I read the synopsis and was so intrigued! Marin has left her life on the West Coast behind as she starts college on the East Coast with no plans of ever going back. There is too much pain and confusion surrounding that last Summer that she wants to leave behind. When her best friend Mabel comes to visit her at college during Winter Break, she wants answers about why Marin disappeared and won’t return her calls.
We Are Okay was a very emotional story with a bit of mystery added in surrounding Marin’s past. It was a quick read with a steady pace and I finished this book within a day. I felt so many emotions while reading this, Nina LaCour did an excellent job of portraying the emotions that Marin was feeling. At the beginning I could feel her unending loneliness, then her fear when Mabel came to visit and then her pain for all that had happened to her. My heart broke for her and I just wanted her to find happiness.
I really enjoyed the flashes to the past, they were easy to follow and the transitions flowed naturally from the past to the future. I normally have issues with secrets in books, but I think because this wasn’t surrounding a romance I was okay with it. I was satisfied with the way the secrets of Marin’s past were revealed and liked the pace that LaCour set in revealing them.
The friendship between Mabel and Marin was so beautiful. They were the type of friends we all dream about having, besties forever through thick and thin. Marin was even super close with Mabel’s family and it was so heart warming. I was surprised that there was a small romance element to this book, it by no means took over the plot but I do believe that it added to the story View Spoiler »There was an LGBTQ element and at first it really surprised me because I was not expecting it. But this bit of romance did make sense with the story « Hide Spoiler
I found We Are Okay very emotional, but there were times when I just did not connect with the emotions I felt that I was supposed to be feeling. I really can’t reveal them without spoilers, but I can say it is why my rating is not higher.
When I think of this book, I immediately feel that sense of loneliness that encompassed Marin at the beginning. I found myself glued to this book, turning the pages so quickly wondering what happened to Marin and if she would get her happy ending. This book left me with a hopeful feeling and warmth in my heart. Strong family elements always resonate with me, and this book definitely had that in the end.
Penguin asked me to do a Bookish Inspiration for this stop on the We Are Okay tour and I had so much fun creating it! Here is a look at it! You can click on the pic to be taken to my Polyvore page to see more of my Bookish Inspirations!
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