Book: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary | Fiction
Rating: ★★★ (3.5 ★)
ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
We Are Okay is a story about grieving and forgiving that touched my heart.
First of all, hands down to Nina LaCour for such an amazing writing style; it was one of the things that I loved the most about this book.
“I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.”
Marin’s story touched my heart in so many ways. Feeling lonely and being told you have to let things go is really hard. People don’t understand how you really feel, and how you see things. Marin’s isolation was so well portrayed, and I found it so
fucking relatable (*cries*). I agreed and understood some of Marin’s attitudes, but there were others that annoyed me so much.
“If only I had something to take the edge off the loneliness. If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty.”
Sometimes she acted like she was the only one who lost important people, and her Gramps didn’t. She acted like he didn’t have the right to grieve and feel lonely. In other words, she was selfish and I don’t like when people are like that.
One of the parts that I loved the most was the whole Gramps plot twist. I didn’t love it because it was beautiful or anything, it was just that when you’re reading you never see that coming, and when that part finally comes, it ends up shocking you really
fucking hard. That part was so beautifully explained that I don’t have words to describe how much I loved it. On the other hand, I loved Mabel’s role as a lover friend of Marin. She was a good friend and wanted to be part of Marin’s life even though she disappeared without saying goodbye. Even though Mabel’s was grieving and needed her space, I didn’t like the way she treated Marin. She was her friend, she was someone Marin’s really cared about but somehow she acted like Mabel was nothing.
I enjoyed having “past” and “present” chapters. I always enjoy knowing a little bit more of the character’s past. However, this book is a monologue and doesn’t have action, therefore its pace was slow and I’m not used to books like this. This story has the potential to make you cry if you are one of those people who cry easily.
I recommend this book to those who are as melancholic as me, and to those who love strangely beautiful stories. Cannot wait to read more books by this fabulous author.
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Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.