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We Are Not Okay

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  58 reviews
13 Reasons Why meets John Green and Jennifer Niven in We Are Not Ok - a powerful novel about what happens when girls are silenced.

If only they could have spoken out.
Lucy thinks she’s better than the other girls.
Maybe if she’s pointing fingers at everyone else, no one will see the secret she’s hiding.

Ulana comes from a conservative Muslim family where reputation is
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by HQ Young Adult
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Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
me either, honey.
Warnings:sexual assault (on-page rape), revenge porn, suicide (on-page), slut-shaming, cyber-bullying, discussion of abortion, medical emergency, substance abuse (drugs), racism

Rep:One of the protagonists is Muslim

A book with a plot that focuses on bullying, We Are Not Okay is said from the point of view of four girls, who have various secrets that they are trying to hide. Lucy, with a seemingly perfect life, enforces that image with difficulty, and one of the ways she does that is by shifting
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
When I first heard about We Are Not Okay, I was really curious to read it! It was marketed as four female voices with unique stories to tell, and the short snapshots about each character sounded really intense and interesting. So when an opportunity to review an advanced reader copy came up, I jumped at it! Thank you to Harper Collins Publisher HQ for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

We Are Not Okay is one of those books that reminds me how grateful I am not to be at school anymore.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an enjoyable read, and had some important messages that young readers should listen to.

I thought the characters came across well. The book focuses on four girls, each with their own issues surrounding how they are treated when it comes to their reputation and boys. When each character shows their perspective, you see a unique personality for each girl and it shows how differently they react to bullying and shaming towards themselves and the other girls. The boys in this book were
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was enjoyable to read, and has some important messages that teen readers especially could benefit from.

I thought the characters came across well. The book focuses on four girls, each with their own issues surrounding how they are treated when it comes to their reputation and boys. When each character shows their perspective, you see a unique personality for each girl and it shows how differently they react to bullying and shaming towards themselves and the other girls.
The boys in this
Either I’m getting to old for YA, or the characters in this book were just to stereotypical “teen” for me.

I can see that there is a message in this book about being a young woman and discovering love and sexuality in both wonderful and heartbreaking ways, but I finish this book feeling unmoved and indifferent.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I enjoyed this, fast paced read, very relevant today. There’s a lot going on which feels a bit too much, but doesn’t take much from he enjoyment of the book. Sa at times and a good message for ya community for shaming, social media use etc

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Eve beinguniquebooks
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book we meet Sophie, she loves her boyfriend but feels pressed to have sex with him. She's friends with Ulana. However she fixates on being the perfect weight and sends her boyfriend a risky photo he asks her to send...

Sophie admires Lucy, popular girl and recently single after secretly her boyfriend Rhys dumped her not the other way round and starts seeing Trina like she lies to her friends. She also hates the fact her dad left for a new family and her mum can't leave the house now.
Chris C
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was so close to being a 4 star book for me and it was, for the most part, however the last 1/3 of the book really brought it down for me.

I really like the premise of the story. Following four schoolgirls as they struggle with emotional, harrowing and distressing issues and how they deal with those issues with their friends, families and each other.

Unfortunately, while the novel does do a good job of discussing some of these topics, it sometimes leaves other issues sidelined or simply not
Karen Barber
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This story by Natalia Gomes is of the moment, and it certainly delivers a clear message to teen readers.
We focus on four teenage girls. Each has a secret that they want nobody to know about, and they’ll do anything to ensure it stays secret.
Of the four girls I felt a lot of sympathy for Trina. She has a lot of people talking about her, and ends up in a situation over which she has no control. As a result she makes some difficult decisions which have pretty extreme consequences.
There was a lot
Kelly Hoggons (Velvet Library)
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Firstly, a big thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for giving me a proof copy of this. I'm under no obligation to review it, and all opinions are my own.

This is the sort of book I would have devoured in my teens, but I think I'm just a little too old for it.

There are some important messages in it - one of my favourites being that the world becomes a worse place when women focus on tearing each other down - but ultimately, the execution didn't do it for me.

As I said, I'm not the target
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gosh! This was such a roller-coaster of emotions.
The author very skillfully tackled some important and worth talking issues in this novel.
It's about four girls in the same school experiencing different teenage issues. It's told in four POV's and every single one is prime in its own way.
I'm so glad this book exists. It's a very fast paced read and you'll find yourself relating to the characters at some point if you're a teenager in today's internet and social media impacted world or even
Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
DNF at 9%
I'm not in the mood for a teenage drama-fest right now. Checking some reviews it looks like this book covers a wide variety of important topics but also has a lot of triggers for suicide, bullying and sexual assault so take care if you pick this one up.
We Are Not Okay deals with tough subject, ones that are important and making noise all around us at the moment. Consent, slut-shaming, bullying - just for a start.

Lucy, Ulana, Sophie and Trina all go to the same school. They all know each other, and while some are friends (Like Ulana and Sophie) others hate or ignore each other. Over the course of the book their individual stories bring them together. Each girl tells her story in individual chapters, Trina's in narrated in the form of a diary
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Four teenage girls: all of them different, all of them struggling with their own shame and secrets. Lucy loves to gossip, Ulana is from a conservative Muslim family, Trina likes to party and Sophia has a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But in this book by the author of the dark social problem novel Dear Charlie, no one is exactly as they first appear.

Gomes’ chatty, readable narrative style belies, and sometimes jars with, its mature subject matter, which ranges from interracial relationships and
Rachael Roden
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book, couldn’t put it down. Eye opener that’s for sure
Barbara Dobson
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was great. I read 3/4 of it today while on a road trip. I thought this book was well written. I love how you see the side of each girl but also how their lives and stories intertwined with each other. The messages within the book are good for teenagers but think some adults could learn from this too.

Definitely recommend reading this book and can’t wait to read more books from this author
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Triggers: Rape, suicide, bullying, racism

We Are Not Okay is a hard-hitting YA contemporary novel that follows four young women in their final year at high school. The story reveals the unique issues that each girl faces and how their stories and secrets, ultimately, intertwine.

// Lucy is the prettiest and most popular girl at school, who is determined to find out every secret piece of gossip. But Lucy is hiding a huge secret of her own. One that, if it got out, would ruin her reputation …

Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sometimes it feels like YA novels are fitting more and more into the New Adult genre than Young Adult, this book however is firmly in the YA camp. Despite its adolescent target audience, there are some tough issues explored here. The book follows several teenage girls at Secondary school and their relationships with each other and the other people in their lives.

Some of the issues explored in this book
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel is perfect for spreading awareness of how utterly damaging a simple rumour can be, how quickly a snide remark can destroy someone's life. I don't think intense bullying is discussed enough in childrens, teen and YA books, we need more emphasis on showing how awful bullying is and how to stop it.

This book follows four very different girls, all of which are in the same year in the same school. Have you heard of the phrase that you never know what someone is going through? Well that is
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t know whether to give this book a three or four star rating? At one point during the book, I wanted to give it five stars.

I really enjoyed the discussions on rape culture, toxic masculinity and misogyny in general. How girls should support each other rather than ripping into each other over things that men created to keep us “below” them. It spoke about sexual assault and slut shaming, as well.

However, there were a few things I didn’t like. Steve was meant to be a display on toxic
Lola's Library
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm so disappointed that I didn't enjoy this book more. I think it covers some really important topics, but the writing style and execution just fell a bit flat for me.

The story is told from the perspective of all four girls, and it's in the typical first person/present time style that is in most YA novels these days.. The girl's voices didn't feel distinct enough from each other and sometimes I found I was forgetting which character I was reading about. The characters also felt quite 2-D and
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
We Are Not Okay is a timely and important book, focusing on bullying and mental health among teenage girls in an era when this is reported to be worse than ever before. It tells the story of four different girls in the same school who are all dealing with different pressures and their own problems: a lack of self-confidence, or a bad breakup or the expectations of a religious community.

Natália Gomes touches on a lot of important issues that are affecting teenage girls today, and she writes
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an advanced review copy of this boom in exchange for an honest review.

I had high hopes for this book, the subjects that it touches on seem like the sort of things that need to be touched on more often. My biggest issue was it seemed to me that there was too many storylines crammed in, for example, there was a plot line with Sophia that could have had a lot more depth, it was set up from the very beginning to seem like this was going to be a huge part of her character, but it was a
Mistress  #darklings
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
We are not Okay is a YA novel that deals with a lot of relevant and “on trend” issues.
Four girls, a high school in Scotland, and a whole world of gossip & bullying. Not all of it the “traditional” bullying either.
I know that at 40 (almost), I’m not the target audience. However, I have a 12 year old daughter in her first year at high school and it hasn’t gone well. It’s because of some of the things that the author has tackled head on in this book. So for that reason, I like to see and read
Sandra "Jeanz"
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
I never used to read much from the contemporary genre whether it be YA or Adult but for some reason this book caught my eye, I read the blurb and felt I really wanted to read it.

I find the cover rather simplistic yet striking. I love the colours on the cover and the large X makes you want to know what is being said is "no or banned". So I guess it tugs on your curiosity/nosey gene lol. At the very beginning of the book is a playlist of songs, I’ll be totally honest I haven’t heard of most of the
Gayle Noble
The story centres on the viewpoints of four girls at school; Trina (the one with the bad reputation), Lucy (the bully), Sophia (the shy one in thrall to her boyfriend), and Ulana (the one from a conservative Muslim background). All of them have secrets which include pregnancy, sexual assault, and revenge porn, and don't feel as if they can talk to others about them.

I thought the book fairly accurately described the isolation that some teenage girls can feel from their peers and also the
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ND Gomes is originally from Scotland, but spent ten years living in America working as an educator in the public school districts.

She has an M.Ed. in Education and is working towards an MLitt. in Scottish Literature and Creative Writing.

She loves to read a variety of YA and adult fiction in all genres, and is always on the lookout for a new book recommendation. ND Gomes has an