We Are Okay by Nina LaCourYou 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.
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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Maggie, Adam, Schwab, Becky, et cetera. Nina's writing is simple yet impactful. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
When fiction pokes at pieces of your heart that you thought you had protected and hidden away, it requires strength and stamina to push through when all you actually want to do is bury the book at the bottom of your to-read pile. Critics, myself included, tend to separate heart from head in their professional reviews. This is a small book densely packed with complicated people, feelings, unimaginable loss, heartbreak, and so much love. Spoilers ahead. LaCour reminds the reader that every moment of life is filled with possibility and love. In many ways, LaCour sets us up for a mystery. Why did Marin leave without a word to the people closest to her?
Common Sense says
I spoke with her over email. It took me a long time to decide what those secrets would be, though. Then, when I realized what his secret actually was, it felt as though the answer had been there all along. She is more consumed by confronting her solitude and isolation. So, in a way, I guess it makes sense that it would take me a while to face the details of her past as well.
The following version of this book was used to create this study guide: LaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. Dutton Books, First Edition. This novel has a non-linear narrative.
Feb 14, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Feb 14, Minutes Young Adult. Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.