Thursday, July 13, 2017

We Are Okay - Nina LaCour

Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5 Stars

 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.

We Are Okay is, in short, a story about a girl dealing with her grief.  It starts with Marin sitting in her dorm room waiting for her friend Mabel to arrive from California.  Marin has not seen or spoken to Mabel in months.  After the loss of her grandpa, Marin doesn't know what to do with herself.  So, she runs away to college two weeks early, lives in a hotel until her dorm opens, and just stops talking to anyone from her "old life."

This book does move slow.  That much is true.  Mabel is only at Marin's dorm room for three days - THREE DAYS!  During that time, they eat, they spend the night at the housekeepers home after the power goes out in the dorms, they talk - kind of - about what happened.  There are some flashbacks to the summer, and Marin's grandpa's death/disappearance.  Other than that, there wasn't a lot going on.  But, I think it really worked for this book.  Marin is surrounded by her grief.  She is so heartbroken. And from what I picked up about Marin's personality, it fits that the novel is a bit slower and quieter.  It would not have made sense to have a book that was just full and quick and fast.

Marin is a great character who really comes to turns with who she is and accepts that it's okay to be sad and to rely on people who want to help.  Since the book doesn't really span a long time, their wasn't a lot of growth, just a realization that it was okay and good to count on the people who care about you. 

I loved the flashbacks in the story.  It added depth to the story and gave me some clues as to why Marin is just shut down at the moment.  It gave some insight into why things were so weird at the moment between Marin and Mabel. 

Basically, the story, the characters, the grief, the love - there was not a single thing I didn't love about this book.  Read it, Read it now!

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