We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Book - 2017
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After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525425892
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 21 cm

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According to Powell's City of Books blog, this is for fans of the video game Life is Strange.

Winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award: Excellence in Literature written for Young Adults

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour


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MHanover10
Aug 19, 2018

This is a short book that is all about emotion. There is no action. It's slow moving and takes place over 3 days with some flashbacks. It really made me sad listening to it. No one should go through that kind of loneliness and heartache.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 06, 2018

A lovely character-driven exploration of grief. While this isn't the book every teen will want to read...the right reader will find the journey magical.

loonylovesgood Jun 28, 2018

Beautifully written. The last page made me cry, I admit. This would be a great pick for a teen YRCA book.

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spiderfelt_0
Apr 04, 2018

I loved the slow reveal of this heartbreaking novel. The story reveals itself slowly, page by page, just as the character emerges from the grief that envelopes her, the reader learns bit by bit what has brought her to this point. By the end, I couldn't tear myself away.

samcmar Feb 13, 2018

This is a very quiet YA novel. It builds slowly, giving you only slivers of information to pull you along to give you the bigger picture. Morin's story is one of a person suffering from grief, something I know I can personal connect with. Her story is one of isolation. It's mournful, but also hopeful. Nina LaCour is such an amazing writer and her teens always feel so realistic and raw with emotion. "We Are Okay" is a fantastic read for those who love tougher topics in their YA novels.

kobrien3 Feb 06, 2018

I chose this book initially for its beautiful cover art. While I don't often gravitate towards contemporary fiction, this beautifully written book about love, loss, friendship, and loneliness, grabbed me from the start and would not let go. If you enjoy books that are character driven and heartfelt, this may be a good pick for you.

SPPL_YouthServices Jan 30, 2018

All Marin has left for family is her grandpa. After his death, Marin must face starting her first year in college feeling alone both emotionally and physically. This is a quiet, moving story about family, grief, loneliness, forgiveness, and resilience. Teens who are going through life changes would relate well to this book. Recommended for grades 8 and up.

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RebelBelle13
Jan 23, 2018

I don't usually read contemporaries. And I NEVER read books about grief or mental illness. I typically don't care to read about sad people and their woes in my spare time. However, this book and the way it dealt with grief struck a chord with me. It reminded me of the sadness and confusion I went through when I lost my father 15 years ago, and it also introduced to me the type of grief that others go through. I'm usually the type to tell people to just "get over it". This novel showed me, in detail, what Marin's thought process was, and how she was processing the events of the summer before in a way that I could understand and accept. Even though not much happened here, I was hooked the entire time I was listening to the audiobook and finished it in two days. I had trouble putting it down. Marin's character growth was done beautifully. I really, truly believed in what happened at the end. For such a short book, this really packs a punch- and I honestly think that I will be buying a copy of this to put on my shelf. Final rating 4.5.

The way this book was written, in terms of word choice was beautiful, but the way the author chose to not put the events in chronological order made the story hard to follow. If you like books where the story is merely about the characters and their relationships, you will love this book. If you look for a book that is plot driven, you will find “We Are Okay” very boring. I found the characters very real because of the amount of detail that the author gave so I expected myself to connect with the main character, Marin, but I just could not get into it. Sadly, I did not enjoy the slow pace of the book and couldn’t wait to be finished with it. - Ravia

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This book is about a character named Marin who escapes her life in California to move to New York. Months after she left home, her best friend Mabel comes to visit her and now Marin is forced to face all the problems that she left behind in California.
I really liked how the book was written, where it bounced between present time and the year prior. And it was also written in a way where it was easy to understand but also beautifully written. I highly recommend this book because of its relatable and complex characters and for the happy ending. -Tanya

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Marin left her home with only a few things in her pocket and moved to New York to attend college. She hasn’t spoken with anybody from her home for 3 months, until her friend Mabel comes to visit her from their hometown in California. Marin is reminded of her old life that she left behind and has to face the problems she has been trying to run away from.

Nina LaCour’s writing style is one of my favourite things about this book, the scenes are described with many details that really add to the story. The emotions within this story are incredibly captivating and are complemented by the writing style. The relationship between Marin and her grandfather was complicated, but by the end of the book, I understood the complexity of it. I also adore the diverse set of characters we are presented. They are all different in their own ways that make them interesting and fascinating to read.

The middle of the book became somewhat tiresome as I read on; there aren’t that many interesting events or scenes within this section of the story. However, I really enjoy the ending of the story and feel that it sums up the book perfectly.

All in all, this was a beautifully written, emotional and quick read. This is a melancholy story that really expresses the feeling of the book in a poignant and compelling manner.
-Shae-Lynn

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emilyc2017
Oct 21, 2017

There were a few good moments in the book, especially the ending, I was blown away but for the most part I felt Marin's pain, her sense of loss and longing and of the irrevocable change that had happened to her and that she would never be the same. But I guess that was the whole point to the book, right? I wish it had happened differently because I love happy endings that result from a plot that builds up to it. So even though I loved the ending, once again I was blown away, I'm still left feeling empty, unfulfilled. I had hopes for Marin, for Mable, heck even for Hannah but instead everything was messy and too real. Still it was a good read if you like that sort of thing, but I don't, not enough happy in it for me.

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Surprisingly enough, this was the most relatable and enjoyable line for me in the book. It was honestly disappointing.
"The panties had a picture of the mascot across the butt. They were fun, even if only I would ever see them."

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

"Tragedy," she says. "Heartbreak." She stops and then she makes sure that I'm looking at her. "Betrayal. . . .

"These are all things that change a person. If we endure them and we aren't changed, then something is wrong."

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

There are degrees of obsession, of awareness, of grief, of insanity. Those days and nights in the motel room I weighed each of them against the other. I tried to make sense of what had happened, but each time I came up short. Each time I thought I may have understood, some line of logic snapped and I was thrust back into not knowing.

It's a dark place, not knowing.

It's difficult to surrender to.

But I guess it's where we live most of the time. I guess it's where we all live, so maybe it doesn't have to be so lonely. Maybe I can settle into it, cozy up to it, make a home inside uncertainty.

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Girl runs away after uncovering a dark family secret

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Sexual Content: Makeout scene

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