TITLE: We Are Okay
AUTHOR: Nina LaCour
PUBLICATION DATE: February 14th 2017
NUMBER OF PAGES: 256
PUBLISHER: Dutton Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
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.
“i was okay just a moment ago. i will learn how to be okay again.”
not everyone who experience loss, deals with it in the same way. some may try to be happy. to act normal. pretend shit is still same and that everything is okay.
for some, they do the opposite. they hide within themselves. hide from people who love and care about them. wallow in loneliness. the sad part is, the people close to them do not even notice their struggle. they could not even see beyond the façade.
we are okay is a story about loss. losing someone important to you. losing a bond that you once had with someone. and how one person deals with that loss in their own way.
• deals with mental illness
• a character-driven story
• very easy to read
• this is a diverse read. our main character, marin, is a lesbian, while her friend, mabel, i would assume is bisexual who is also mexican. a pretty good mix right there.
• the writing in this book is great. i loved how the author’s words just flows through the pages. it is very poetic in a way.
• the romance in this book stays in the background. you get an inkling of it, but it does not hinder what the real point of the story is.
• the relationship between marin and her grandfather. it was really beautiful to read about.
• the book wasn’t too long. i felt that it has the right amount of pages to tell this story.
• this book started out with so much potential. but as the story goes, i just become more and more uninterested with what was happening. it became a bit dragging for me.
• the development of the plot is far too slow for my taste.
• i did not feel connected to any of the characters, especially marin. i feel that, in order for the readers to sympathize with her, we should at least understand where she was coming from. i think her development was half-baked. i wanted more.
• while i bought the friendship between marin and mabel, i did not buy the hinted relationship between them. i wish the author just stuck to them being just friends instead of adding another layer of complication to marin’s already complicated situation.
• the plot is a bit bland.
• the big “supposed” twist in the end was a bit offending to me, to be honest. i feel that it was a bit unfair that one character’s mental state became the reason why our main character reacted the way she did. it could have been done a little bit better.
we were okay started out really strong for me. however, towards the middle of the story, i found myself not caring for anything that’s happening to any of the characters.
the writing is amazing though. i am definitely going to pick up more of her books. i’ve read a review that says her other book, everything leads me to you, has better plot and overall character development.
what are some of your favorite books that deal with depression and mental illness?