If only I had something to take the edge off the loneliness. If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty.
Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Page Count: 256 pages
Genre: Mystery // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Dutton Books For Young Readers
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
This was one of those books I couldn’t help but be drawn to because of the cover. I love the colours and the imagery. There’s so much behind the artwork I can just feel it.
As I started this book I wasn’t expecting to feel the sadness as potently as I did. Within the first pages I felt the characters pain wash over me. It was intense but really moving.The atmosphere was excellent, it was set at an isolated college campus and really amplified the characters struggles efectively. Watching this story unfold can only be described as beautiful. The way the author reveals the layers really brought out the emotion. I’d love to read more by her!
Loss and pain are at the forefront of this book but what really captured me was the tones of foregiveness and not giving up on someone in pain. As a society we are the most self involved than ever in history and I think it’s so important to stop and look outside your little bubble. This book did such a wonderful job at illustrating these themes.
The ending was so heartwarming. I actually teared up at the end. This is a first for me with YA. If that’s not a mark of a great book then I don’t know what to tell you *haha*. But in all seriousness, what a lovely book.
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending a copy my way in exchange for an honest review.**