We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
YA, Lgbt, contemporary
February 14, 2017 | Dutton Books for Young Readers
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.
When I first started reading this book, I kept thinking, “I hope this picks up soon” but honestly, I don’t feel like it ever did, but that’s okay. This book is basically the main character explaining why she ran away while the story takes place in the present. We learn what happens through the flashback chapters and kind of the impact that they had on the present chapters. It wasn’t confusing at all like some books that have flashbacks in them can be (or maybe it’s just me). I gave it three stars because I can’t really ever see myself reading it again and I can’t say that I truly loved it.
Although the story never really picked up, I still enjoyed reading it and when I was done, I kept thinking to myself that maybe it didn’t really need to have this huge moment. Maybe the big moment or climax was the story itself. When I finished reading, I kept going back and trying to figure out how I felt about it and I guess the conclusion I came to was that it’s just real. Real, that is the word I would use to describe this book and I can’t really explain why because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone.