Summary: “You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. Your favorite jeans and sweater. The jacket with the faux-fur lining to keep you warm. Your phone and your music and your favorite books…Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother”
From the day she abruptly left San Francisco, Marin hasn’t talked to anyone from her old life. No one knows why Marin really left, even her best friend, Mabel. Now a college freshman in New York, Marin is forced to confront the tragedy and grief she left behind when Mabel comes to visit over winter break.
Star Rating: 5/5 stars
Cover Lust?: ABSOLUTELY
My Thoughts: We Are Okay is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2017 so far. Based on the publisher’s description of the novel, I thought the book would just focus on Mabel responding to her mother’s death. But it didn’t. It dealt with family and love and grief and all the things that require you to have a box of Kleenex by your side. I absolutely adored the emphasis on family relationships. The relationship between Marin and her grandfather was both heart-warming and heart-breaking. The devastation Marin suffers from the deterioration of her family was enough for tears to splash onto the page. On a happier note, I loved how Mabel and her parents thought of Marin as family first, not just as Mabel’s best friend.
I really enjoyed how Nina LaCour incorporated diverse elements into the story, such as LGBTQ relationships and mental illness, but they didn’t make up the entirety of the novel. She implements them in a manner that makes the novel feel like real life. It’s also a cozy winter read–snow, Christmas lights, and diner food, anyone?
As much as I love an action-packed fantasy, this book reminded me of why I’m a contemporary girl at heart. I really want to read another one of Nina LaCour’s books soon, preferably right now (okay, I’ll wait to get my hands on Everything Leads to You until spring break)!