We are Okay by Nina LaCour

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Rating: 2/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary, YA, LGBT

234 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers


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 am just so disappointed by this book. When I picked it up, it was (a) because of the beautiful cover and (b) Nina Lacour. I really liked her book Everything Leads to you and expected similarly strong book but I struggled to finish this book and thought about quitting it at many times. But then it was a short book and I had faith. I was wrong.
This book just lacks that strong emotional connection and the story just goes by in a haze without me ever really connecting to it. On one hand, I adored our main character’s relation with her Grandfather but then her feeling of loss didn’t really come across to me even when the author clearly shows how it has affected her life.
While I really liked the writing of this book:

The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn’t a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to repeat the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.

It is lyrical, poetic. Nina LaCour paints when she writes. But even the writing couldn’t hold my attention towards the book. Yes, it is true that this is more a character driven novel and focuses more on emotions than plot but I did not really find the characters interesting as well.
The way our two main characters just sort of are together with no labels or not really mentioning the relationship, just simply being, now that was so nicely written.

There is me and there is you and the snow has finished falling. Let’s just sit here.

There are so many good elements to this book but when you put it all together and look from a distance, there is a lot missing as well. Some unexplained loose ends, some vagueness. That is why while it may have looked like a 3 star read at some point, I just couldn’t give it anything more than 2 stars.

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