I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on February 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Edelweiss eArc
"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 could not put this book down! I stayed up late to finish it, risked a sinus infection with the amount of crying I did over the ending, and in all probability I’ll do it all again because this book is worth a re-read.
At first glance this is a just a quiet book about a young woman in her first semester of college, far from her hometown. But once the flashbacks begin and we begin to see how she got from there to here, it’s impossible to look away.
I really don’t want to say too much, because it’s one of those books that’s best to go into without having it summarized to death. Just get the tissues ready, and some tea (because you’ll need to keep hydrated)… not that it’s a sobfest. Maybe you won’t cry, but you will feel things. The Grinch could have bypassed all the trouble he went to in Whoville if he’d just read this book- it totally would have made his heart grow a few sizes. 🙂
We Are Okay gets a Midnight Book rating of: