ARC Review/Giveaway: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Series: N/A
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on February 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, GLBT, Contemporary
Pages: 240: ARC edition
Source: Sent to me via the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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“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.



 

Review

I’ve never read anything by Nina LaCour before. And I have no idea what I was waiting for. We Are Okay consumed me. It tore me up and haunted me. It’s just so…beautiful. So stunning. I breezed through this on two flights that I took in a weekend and I never wanted the story to end.

There’s just something so achingly real about Marin and her interactions that even I can’t put into words. She really embodies the human experience and what it’s like to have tragedy, death, isolation thrown your way in life.

And the writing itself? Utterly gorgeous. I mentioned in my Instagram post yesterday that this shot to the top of my favorite reads for the year and it’s true. I never wanted it to end. It’s been a long while since I’ve read a good book, much less one that left me thinking, pondering, and wondering about the characters, each time I put it down.

It’s definitely the book for winter that I wanted to read. Melodramatic and full of longing, but also makes you feel cozy and warm. I look forward to reading more of Nina LaCour’s work (as I bang my head against a wall for not doing so sooner).

Also, that cover? A+ material, right there.


Favorite Quotes

“Things I need: The California sunshine. A more convincing smile.”

“There are many ways of being alone, and the last time wasn’t like this.”

“I learn that I am a tiny piece of a miraculous world.”

“The whole world was out there, but I didn’t know it yet.”


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12 Comment

  1. Ugh, I am SO excited for this book!

  2. I’m so excited for this book! I read Everything Leads to You a couple of years ago, and I’m really surprised I haven’t read another Nina LaCour book by now – this is the perfect chance!

  3. danielle hammelef says: Reply

    Excellent review–you’ve confirmed that I want to read this book. Thank you!

  4. Ahhh, I am so excited for this book! I haven’t actually read any of Nina LaCour’s other books, but I’ve heard so many good things about how cute and relatable her F/F YA is. 😀

  5. This book looks amazing!!

  6. “There are many ways of being alone, and the last time wasn’t like this.”
    Oooh, what a line! I got chills. It definitely sounds gorgeous, that’s for sure. Normally I’m not one for contemporary but I might have to check this out. It sounds great.

  7. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Nina Lacour.

  8. I am so excited to read this 🙂 thank u

  9. This book sounds amazing! I’d love to read it.

  10. Obie this cover is gorgeous, but I’m really excited that it does actually encapsulate the story as well. Can’t wait to read it!

  11. Nice post–love the quotes! I’m excited for this book because it sounds like a great read and I really liked another book from this author, Hold Still, which I read several years ago. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  12. Ah, you look so cute in your photo! I’m super excited to read WE ARE OKAY; it has such a gorgeous cover and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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