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We Are Not Okay

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  35 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 everythi
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.
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 a
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.
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
Review to come
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 t
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. Onl
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 gi
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 audienc
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 w
Jun 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I called it quits at 38%. I could not get into this book at all!
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
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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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 mascu
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 sec
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 pressur
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
First thing is a disclaimer that this book has some potentially triggering content in regards/not limited to body shaming, rape and suicide.

This book is brilliantly written and I suspect thoroughly researched but gosh it contains some intense subject matter. I don’t know how much more I can say in regards to the book because I enjoyed reading it a lot and love the message (although the tag line on the book itself I really have issues with) it’s just hard reading, a lot like the authors previous
Chloe Hollis
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book and what an impact!!

I think every young girl (teenager) should read this book, this just goes to show that you never know what a person is going through in their life and bullying is NOT okay!
People should never be judged by reputation, religion, or bad choices they have made. We all make a bad choice sometime in our life and no one is perfect.
Suicide is a very serious issue these days and there are more young people ending it all when they have their whole lives ahead of them j
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has such an important message! It’s a story about four girls who all have very tragic incidents happen to them and nobody hears them or sees them suffering. But after one last incident they decide to speak up and to be brave.
„I know now that it’s OK to be scared. But it’s not OK to be a coward. Life is too short not to be brave.“ Speaking up for yourself and others is always worth the fight.
This book should come with a few trigger warnings because quite some hard things h
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed this book. At first it attracted me to the characters and they seemed somewhat relatable. I think all the characters were well written and had their own voice.

At some point reading this book you really have to remind yourself that the main characters are 16 years old, which is clear by their flawed mentality about pretty much everything.

It's an easy read. I loved Ulana and Aiden the most - their relationship was so adorable.

However, the ending seemed rushed and no real consequences of
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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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 otherwi
El Boman
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
So choosing a number of star is hard this books writing was not my favourite, and was such an easy read but I could relate to the characters emotionally and it was an emotional roller-coaster and it really made me want to hug them. Either way would definitely read it again!
Trish Hills
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is going to be very important for teens. Mental health, bullying, suicide, rape... All topics so relevant and important to speak about. We Are Not Okay touches on them all beautifully. I cried a lot. I really loved it and it's just so well written
Jordann (thebookbloglife)
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We Are Not Okay was a book provided to me by Netgalley and I actually really enjoyed the story and the characters. The one thing that I didn’t particularly rate was the writing style, I thought it was a little simplistic and underdeveloped at times. In terms of themes and issues, there was a lot, almost too many. I’m not entirely sure why it was thought that they could cover all of it in a single but they definitely tried. I was disappointed that they
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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.

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