We Are Okay

We Are Okay

eBook - 2017
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From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship."Short, poetic and gorgeously written. . . . The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane." —The New York Times Book Review"A beautiful, devastating piece of art. . . . An extraordinary work." —Bookpage"So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book." —Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss* National Bestseller *You 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. An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. 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.Praise for We Are Okay "As beautiful as the best memories, as sad as the best songs, as hopeful as your best dreams."—Siobhan Vivian, bestselling author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World"You can feel every peak and valley of Marin's emotional journey on your skin, in your gut. Beautifully written, heartfelt, and deeply real." —Adi Alsaid, author of Never Always Sometimes and Let's Get Lost"A beautiful, devastating piece of art. . . .The title hints at a happy ending, but the journey toward it passes through some of the darkest corners of the heart. Be prepared to be gutted—and grateful. We Are Okay is an extraordinary work by an author who keeps redefining and elevating her genre." —Bookpage"Nina LaCour treats her emotions so beautifully and with such empathy. Of course, we'd expect nothing less from the stunning LaCour." —Bustle★ "Exquisite." —Kirkus, starred review★ "LaCour paints a captivating depiction of loss, bewilderment, and emotional paralysis . . . raw and beautiful." —Booklist, starred review★ "Beautifully crafted . . . . A quietly moving, potent novel." —School Library Journal, starred review★ "A moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she's known has been thrown into disarray." —Publishers Weekly, starred review★"Bittersweet and hopeful . . . poetic and skillfully crafted." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780399538513
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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This is the quiet, moving story of Marin and her best friend. Both girls grew up in San Francisco, but Marin has totally disconnected from her old life. Readers gradually find out why and what the two girls really mean to each other.


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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

*sigh* Another book I'm in the minority for.

We Are Okay was just okay for me.

First of all, I didn't feel anything for it. The emotions were too subtle and downplayed for me to connect with Marin.

I get that this book is not at all a plot-driven book, but come on. I wasn't interested in the first third of the book. The events described didn't sound like a big deal, and it all felt exaggerated. It wasn't relatable in any way, and there was no connection between me and the story itself.

I did like the romance portion, but it also took up a lot of time that could've been used on the relationship between Marin and Gramps.

For a book meant to initiate concern and sympathy, We Are Okay performs pretty poorly (at least for me). I know that people admire the beautiful writing (I, myself, am in love with the cover), but that just doesn't do it. It's not enough. I didn't like or dislike the characters—they were all flat—and in my eyes, Marin was just complaining half the time. I get that she was having a bad time, but there was nothing I noticeably liked about her.

The twist is alright, but it just didn't feel realistic enough. The fact that Marin has never been in her grandpa's room is totally questionable too. For a temporary moment, I thought he was abusive or something since she seemed frightened just thinking about it.

In the end, I think I'm just really disappointed that I couldn't feel for the main characters.

0Charlie Jun 29, 2017

It was a little confusing keeping track of the present storyline and the order of the flashbacks. It was also a little heavyhanded that we had to keep waiting for the big reveal - felt forced. I did appreciate making the girl-girl love story feel very normal.

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SuzzieTN
Jun 29, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful and captivating novels I have EVER read! It really demonstrates how betrayal, heartbreak, and loyalty can change a person to their core. I have not read anything else by LaCour but I will be fixing this soon because her writing is just so beautiful! I recommend this to anyone because it is just an incredible little book.

AliReads Jun 08, 2017

A really good story about the things grief can make a person do, and how the echos of grief can shape lives - but also of healing, of friendship, of girls trying really hard to help each other out <3

PimaLib_RebeccaR May 28, 2017

I picked up "We Are Okay" mostly on a whim--I loved the cover and the description was intriguing enough for me to check it out, but I ended up absolutely loving the story. Beautifully written and emotionally poignant, this book affected me more strongly than I could have imagined. LaCour is a talented author who managed to include everything I could want from this book. If you love character and intrigue driven stories, this is the book for you.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

Miren knows she has been changed. She doesn't quite yet grasp how or into what, but she knows she can never go back to being who she was. And she fears that the new Miren will never fit into the life the old Miren knew. Her response has been to flee as far as possible with nothing, to live somewhere new and see who she becomes with no attachments or baggage. Well, no physical baggage. The emotional is overwhelming. And now, four months later, her old life is coming to visit and she's going to have to stop fleeing, start dealing with what happened.

This is a quiet book that dwells in Miren's grief. She has turned in on herself, and the story follows her there. With careful attention to atmosphere, excellently paced gradual reveals, and outward action that indicates her inner turmoil, it takes the journey into her pain and follows her as she takes stuttering steps toward something beyond. It's moving and quietly gripping.

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amistein
Apr 28, 2017

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Fantastic writing. If you like character driven books with beautiful language, read this. One of the best young adult novels about grief that exists. The characters and relationships between characters are rich and interesting. Love and loss so beautifully woven together throughout.

multcolib_karene Apr 22, 2017

Beautifully written, poignant story that touches on so many things: loss, grief, relationships, forgiveness, and hope.

AL_PRINAL Apr 01, 2017

Absolutely loved this book!!! A little assuming book as it's kind of quiet and melancholy throughout and then the ending completely blew me away. Highly recommend!

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Feb 28, 2017

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Surprisingly enough, this was the most relatable and enjoyable line for me in the book. It was honestly disappointing.
"The panties had a picture of the mascot across the butt. They were fun, even if only I would ever see them."

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

"Tragedy," she says. "Heartbreak." She stops and then she makes sure that I'm looking at her. "Betrayal. . . .

"These are all things that change a person. If we endure them and we aren't changed, then something is wrong."

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

There are degrees of obsession, of awareness, of grief, of insanity. Those days and nights in the motel room I weighed each of them against the other. I tried to make sense of what had happened, but each time I came up short. Each time I thought I may have understood, some line of logic snapped and I was thrust back into not knowing.

It's a dark place, not knowing.

It's difficult to surrender to.

But I guess it's where we live most of the time. I guess it's where we all live, so maybe it doesn't have to be so lonely. Maybe I can settle into it, cozy up to it, make a home inside uncertainty.

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Girl runs away after uncovering a dark family secret

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Sexual Content: Makeout scene

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