We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Book - 2017
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After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525425892
0525425896
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 21 cm

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Marin, a college freshman in New York, stays alone in the dorms over winter break instead of facing sad memories home in San Francisco. When her best friend Mabel comes to visit, Marin is forced to confront the tragedy that she ran away from the previous summer and contemplate her future. Also i... Read More »


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The way this book was written, in terms of word choice was beautiful, but the way the author chose to not put the events in chronological order made the story hard to follow. If you like books where the story is merely about the characters and their relationships, you will love this book. If you look for a book that is plot driven, you will find “We Are Okay” very boring. I found the characters very real because of the amount of detail that the author gave so I expected myself to connect with the main character, Marin, but I just could not get into it. Sadly, I did not enjoy the slow pace of the book and couldn’t wait to be finished with it. - Ravia

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emilyc2017
Oct 21, 2017

There were a few good moments in the book, especially the ending, I was blown away but for the most part I felt Marin's pain, her sense of loss and longing and of the irrevocable change that had happened to her and that she would never be the same. But I guess that was the whole point to the book, right? I wish it had happened differently because I love happy endings that result from a plot that builds up to it. So even though I loved the ending, once again I was blown away, I'm still left feeling empty, unfulfilled. I had hopes for Marin, for Mable, heck even for Hannah but instead everything was messy and too real. Still it was a good read if you like that sort of thing, but I don't, not enough happy in it for me.

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SpillGirl3
Oct 01, 2017

I really loved this book. It was raw and true, and I wish it were longer.

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

*sigh* Another book I'm in the minority for.

We Are Okay was just okay for me.

First of all, I didn't feel anything for it. The emotions were too subtle and downplayed for me to connect with Marin.

I get that this book is not at all a plot-driven book, but come on. I wasn't interested in the first third of the book. The events described didn't sound like a big deal, and it all felt exaggerated. It wasn't relatable in any way, and there was no connection between me and the story itself.

I did like the romance portion, but it also took up a lot of time that could've been used on the relationship between Marin and Gramps.

For a book meant to initiate concern and sympathy, We Are Okay performs pretty poorly (at least for me). I know that people admire the beautiful writing (I, myself, am in love with the cover), but that just doesn't do it. It's not enough. I didn't like or dislike the characters—they were all flat—and in my eyes, Marin was just complaining half the time. I get that she was having a bad time, but there was nothing I noticeably liked about her.

The twist is alright, but it just didn't feel realistic enough. The fact that Marin has never been in her grandpa's room is totally questionable too. For a temporary moment, I thought he was abusive or something since she seemed frightened just thinking about it.

In the end, I think I'm just really disappointed that I couldn't feel for the main characters.

0Charlie Jun 29, 2017

It was a little confusing keeping track of the present storyline and the order of the flashbacks. It was also a little heavyhanded that we had to keep waiting for the big reveal - felt forced. I did appreciate making the girl-girl love story feel very normal.

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SuzzieTN
Jun 29, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful and captivating novels I have EVER read! It really demonstrates how betrayal, heartbreak, and loyalty can change a person to their core. I have not read anything else by LaCour but I will be fixing this soon because her writing is just so beautiful! I recommend this to anyone because it is just an incredible little book.

AliReads Jun 08, 2017

A really good story about the things grief can make a person do, and how the echos of grief can shape lives - but also of healing, of friendship, of girls trying really hard to help each other out <3

PimaLib_RebeccaR May 28, 2017

I picked up "We Are Okay" mostly on a whim--I loved the cover and the description was intriguing enough for me to check it out, but I ended up absolutely loving the story. Beautifully written and emotionally poignant, this book affected me more strongly than I could have imagined. LaCour is a talented author who managed to include everything I could want from this book. If you love character and intrigue driven stories, this is the book for you.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

Miren knows she has been changed. She doesn't quite yet grasp how or into what, but she knows she can never go back to being who she was. And she fears that the new Miren will never fit into the life the old Miren knew. Her response has been to flee as far as possible with nothing, to live somewhere new and see who she becomes with no attachments or baggage. Well, no physical baggage. The emotional is overwhelming. And now, four months later, her old life is coming to visit and she's going to have to stop fleeing, start dealing with what happened.

This is a quiet book that dwells in Miren's grief. She has turned in on herself, and the story follows her there. With careful attention to atmosphere, excellently paced gradual reveals, and outward action that indicates her inner turmoil, it takes the journey into her pain and follows her as she takes stuttering steps toward something beyond. It's moving and quietly gripping.

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amistein
Apr 28, 2017

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

roropan May 17, 2017

roropan thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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sofia_24
Feb 28, 2017

sofia_24 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Surprisingly enough, this was the most relatable and enjoyable line for me in the book. It was honestly disappointing.
"The panties had a picture of the mascot across the butt. They were fun, even if only I would ever see them."

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

"Tragedy," she says. "Heartbreak." She stops and then she makes sure that I'm looking at her. "Betrayal. . . .

"These are all things that change a person. If we endure them and we aren't changed, then something is wrong."

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

There are degrees of obsession, of awareness, of grief, of insanity. Those days and nights in the motel room I weighed each of them against the other. I tried to make sense of what had happened, but each time I came up short. Each time I thought I may have understood, some line of logic snapped and I was thrust back into not knowing.

It's a dark place, not knowing.

It's difficult to surrender to.

But I guess it's where we live most of the time. I guess it's where we all live, so maybe it doesn't have to be so lonely. Maybe I can settle into it, cozy up to it, make a home inside uncertainty.

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Girl runs away after uncovering a dark family secret

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jmli
Aug 18, 2017

Sexual Content: Makeout scene

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