We Are Okay
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.
Marin hasnt 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 ...more
What I really appreciated was that Nina LaCour abandoned the idea that a novel has to be entirely plot driven. This is a book about relationships and emotions and I liked being caught up in Marin's brain. I loved that it took place in winter, on an abandoned university campus, where everything amplified Marin's feelings of emptiness and isolation. I like that things like being coloured or queer were present ...more
Because right now I want to write something but I honestly don't know what to say. My thoughts are lying face down on the floor with passion and I just wish someone could put a blanket over them and tell them they're fine. And I swear it's like every book makes me sad in a different way but really...its all the same. So yeah. I guess I'm just going to keep ...more
This book was everything to me.
"'Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can."'
You go through life thinking there's so much you need. Your favorite jeans and sweater. The jacket with the faux-fur lining to keep you warm. Your phone and your music and your favorite books. Mascara. Irish Breakfast tea and cappuccinos from Trouble Coffee. You need your yearbooks, every stiffly posed...more
In clearer terms, this is a book about Marin, a girl who has lost her grandfather, and in doing so, pushed away her former best friend, Mabel. So when Mabel comes to town, Marin ...more
So Im definitely glad I enjoyed the story, because otherwise I would have felt morally obliged to donate the book.
Nina LaCour doesnt write; she paints. Delicately and purposefully. Her words are colors that blend into one another to create a magnificent landscape.
This is a book about family, first love, grief and solitude. Before she began college, Marin lived with her ...more
Marin hasnt 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 shes tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, ...more
This book was one of the most beautiful books I ever read. Not only because the writing style is amazing but also because there is so much truth in it. The truth can be beautiful, it can be bittersweet, it can be painful and excruciating, it can hurt you but ...more
It is an incredible story about a girl who's coming to terms with the death of her grandfather and her losses in life, which she's experienced so much of so young. Such a short book, but so beautifully impactful.
If you dont like character-driven stuff, STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS BOOK. No, seriously. Leave this review right now, even. There is not even a question of you possibly liking this book. SO GET OUT OF HERE, OKAY?
Just kidding. You can stay if you want. But only if its for my charming personality and not for a potential recommendation.
Okay. Now I am going to try to make A Point that is perched on a very thin line. And I will almost certainly ...more
Point is -- if you THINK this book is for YOU -- it probably is!!!! I saw 'low' reviews 'before' I read it --yet I still knew I ...more
A short, easy read (I read it in a few hours in 1 sitting) about loneliness, heartbreak & eventual healing. It's slow paced - there isn't any real action in the plot. It's really centered around emotion - Marin's feelings which become clearer to us as we read, allowing us to learn her truths.
I enjoyed the story for what it was but I personally wasn't blown away by it. There were parts that dragged a bit for me ...more
"I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore."
Marin (pronounced like the county in California) was once surrounded by people who loved her. She was raised by her grandfather since her mother's death when she was young, and Marin and her best friend, Mabel, were inseparable. She even was ...more
(I sort of wish I hadn't)
This book was way too over the top on the melodrama for me... It was a very forgettable read, and it's just not the type of book I enjoy to read anymore. If you want to read a great Nina LaCour book, I highly HIGHLY recommend Everything Leads to You because it has a strong plot and ...more
There are books that roar and scream and radiate power. This is not one of those books. It is a book that shows ultimate strength in its tranquillity. We Are Okay may be a quiet book, but its force will tear you apart and put you back together again. It will give room to your grief, then stroke your hair, hug you tightly and warm your heart piece by piece.
By the first page, I was already lost between the pages of this ...more
this book feels like a journal to me. i felt like Nina LaCour just ransacked my bedroom and found my nonexistent journal and was like "hmm well she's sad and gay so let's make a book about that" and the rest is history.
i feel like 2018 is the year i finally read books by the authors i've been wanting to read for years. Maggie, Adam, Schwab, Becky, et cetera. and now, it's nina!! i've been interested in her books ever since
I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore.
Winter break has come, and while everyone else has gone home to see families and significant others for a few weeks, Marin would be perfectly content to stay in her dorm room, alone with her grief, pretending that her life from before doesn't exist anymore. Life is never quite that simple, though, and Mabel is coming to visit, shoving her way into Marin's after. Marin has a lot of skeletons in her closet that need to be ...more
This is such a hard rating, because the last quarter was incredible, but the middle was definitely a solid 3. I loved the exploration of grief itself. It was done beautifully and I cried multiple times throughout reading this. Nina LaCour has such beautiful writing, I just get frustrated sometimes by her more... tropey moments? She has these plot elements that happen that are so unrealistic and I find myself get frustrated because her writing is incredible and I want the plot to live ...more
*very minor spoiler ahead I guess??*
The ending was a little too good to be true in my opinion but other than that I really enjoyed it.
(Well, I don't know what else to say. I'm much better at writing reviews about books I didn't like lol)
Life is paper-thin and fragile. Any sudden change could rip it wide-open.Seems like I'm getting books based on loneliness in this month. Anyway, this book was fine. Having no certain plot but still not a bad book.
Marin (the main character & orphan & raised by her grandfather).
Mabel (her best friend).
The book mostly revolves arround them.
This book is about Marin living in dorms even though it's winter break. She doesn't go back to her home because she doesn't wanna ...more
I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.
I'D seen a few reviews of this book which called it 'boring' and I almost let them deter me from reading this. I'm so glad I didn't because honestly this book was lovely and melancholic and strangely beautiful and I genuinely enjoyed reading ...more
The dynamic between her and Mabel was perfect. Mabel reminds me of the type of girl I'd fall in love with.
With our jeans ...more
I wonder if we will become okay again. I hope for it.
This is a book about sadness. It's a book about pain and loss and love and death. It's about the death of a grandfather. It's about the death of a spirit. It's a book about family - and about Marin's dead mother. It's about Jones and Birdie and Ben and Laney and Hannah and Mabel.
I wonder if theres a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in...more
Of Hold Still, Nina says:
This book is about loss, and its also about art. The loss part comes from a ...more