Title: We are okay.
Author: Nina LeCour.
Format: Paperback from library.
Publisher: Dutton books for young readers.
Page count: 234.
Release day: February 14th 2017.
Genre: YA, contemporary, lgbt.
Rating: 5 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
Wow. Just wow!
I just randomly picked this up in the library, mainly for Instagram purposes, not necessarily to read. But decided to read it anyways. And I’m happy I did!
The first half was not too special to me, it mainly had me really curious. But parts in the second half hit me. Hard. I don’t cry in books, but this one had me choke up! Which I guess says something!
We read about Marin dealing with her Grandfathers dead, we know she is having a hard time with this, and that something weird/big has happened. But we don’t know what. We also read about the summer before her grandfather died. So we see her before and after this big event, but we don’t know what this event is. This made me so curious, I just could not put this book down. Even when at some point I started to suspect I might not want to know, since it would have been really sad.
I really liked how we see the friendship/relation between Marin and Mabel develop before the event, and how it is after the event.
The way Marin deals or not deals with her grief is really interesting to see. How it impacts her on a daily basis, and how she tries to ignore it.
Also the writing was so beautiful! Another reason for me not wanting to put this book down!
I recommend this if you need a quick sad read.
I’m not sure if I’m interested in her older work, but I will definitely keep my eyes open for new things she will release!