We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
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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.
We Are Okay absolutely gutted me in the best way possible. It was exactly what I needed to get me out of a reading slump in May. The mental health aspect of this novel was done beautifully. I could FEEL Marin’s grief, and the way her depression was written hit a little too close to home for me. Add in the fact that this novel takes place over the span of three days and it was a home run for me. I think having the novel span three days really reinforced that Marin was NOT okay and it highlighted her depression and grief.
Nina LaCour is a force to be reckoned with when it comes it writing. This was the first novel that I read by her, it and won’t be my last. I was drawn in from the very first line. I felt nostalgia throughout this whole novel. I was taken back to my university days of living in residence in cramped rooms and living spaces. I think it added to the novel and added an extra layer to Marin’s emotional status.
I enjoyed the flashback chapters, I think it added a depth of the mystery of how Marin ended up in New York with no possession other than her keys, wallet, and a picture of her mother ready to start her first year at university. Marin’s depression was captured in an effective way, she states that she stopped reading books and she even switched out of her literature classes – things that used to bring her joy no longer evoke happiness.
I loved this book so much and I will be reading more of LaCour’s books in the future. I hope my library will be ready for the long list of books I want to read!
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Cups of Tea:
February 14th 2017