We Are Okay//Nina Lacour: not your typical YA novel

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Publisher: Dutton Books

Publication date: February 14, 2017

Pages: 240

“So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book.” —Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss



“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.”  ~Nina LaCour, We Are Okay



I feel like this book deserves more than four stars, but there’s one thing that just makes it not quite there: the characters. I felt very passionate for Mabel and Marin (our main characters), throughout the entire book, but I didn’t fall in love with their personalities. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t necessarily bad people, and I don’t really know how to put a finger on it: there was just nothing that extraordinary that made them stick out.

“I thought that it was more likely the opposite. I must have shut grief out. Found it in books. Cried over fiction instead of the truth. The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn’t a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to make the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.”

Now that the negative thoughts are spoken of…there is SO MUCH I loved about this book! First off, the writing was unique, gorgeous, and perfected artwork. Nothing like most YA books I’ve read; I just finished The Book Thief, and personally, I thought the writing in We Are Okay was just as exceptional. The story jumps through time, and at the end of the book, all the mysteries are cleverly explained…which means there’s a huge plot twist (this is my favorite thing in books). Also, the writing was somewhat poetic; if you enjoyed We Were Liars, you will love this!!

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.

What’s your favorite type of book?

33 thoughts on “We Are Okay//Nina Lacour: not your typical YA novel

  1. This book seems pretty cool! I was skeptical after you said you didn’t love the characters. (Books with great characters are so lovely to get sucked into!) Then you compared the writing style to The Book Thief. That was the game changer. 😍

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    • Ahaha, yeah, that definitely made the book entirely different! The personalities weren’t for me, but the writing can only be described as art. Pablo Picasso’s art to be exact. 😂


  2. Great review! I really love that first quote, so am really interested in checking this out, especially with the comparison you made to one of my favorite books 😉

    Also, I’m not sure if the ping worked but just in case: I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award 😊 If you’d like to participate please see the rules and questions here: https://maniacalbookunicorn.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/the-sunshine-blogger-award-2/

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  3. If you think the writing is just as exceptional as in The Book Thief than that’s all I really need to know.
    My favorite type of book? Depends on my mood. But I do tend to like epic romances in YA, mysteries, and really sad books. My mom always complains when I tell her about a book that has such sad parts in it. She doesn’t understand why I read them.

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