I haven’t read a fiction book in a paperback for so long that you’d think I’m a paperback snob. But something about the cover of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour seemed to draw me in when I was standing in a bookstore. It could be the blue hue or the fact that the book is based in New York.
And when I started reading it, I finished it in three hours.
It was that good.
Before I dive into my actual review, here’s the book description from Amazon:
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.
From the get-go, I never thought it would be one of those books I would hug right after I finished them. Nina did an amazing job unraveling the story piece by piece until you had the whole story staring right at you at the end.
A story about a granddaughter/grandfather relationship and a best friend who has always been there til she wasn’t, We Are Okay tugged at my heartstrings and had me turning the page so fast just so I’d know that Marin is okay. Nina LaCour turned grief into a beautiful painting, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to process it the same way every again.
It’s definitely one of those books that I would read on days when I wasn’t okay, just to find relief in the pages.
Grab the book on Amazon too!