Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
This story was painful to read. Not because it was poorly written or constructed, but because it is a painfully sad story. It is about the ways secrets and grief haunt us. I’ve been conflicted over this book, and unsure of how I feel about it, which has kept me from writing a review. Nina LaCour is a wonderful writer, there is no doubt about that, he is a very skillful storyteller, everything I have read by her I have loved. However, this story was a big departure from her other work.
We Are Okay is told from the perspective of Marin, a college freshman, set on campus during a snowy winter break. Told in present day and in part in the previous summer, Marin reflects on her grandfather’s death, what led to it, and how it has affected her relationship with her best friend and first love, Mabel.
Because of the circumstances of the story, I felt like I had a hard time connecting with Marin. We meet and leave her in the midst of despair, which made it hard to for me to feel like I really got to know her. Her grief and trauma overwhelmed her and it was hard to see beyond that. I had a great amount of sympathy for her, but I never really felt like I cared as much about her as I wanted to. Because it takes nearly the entire book for the reader to really understand what happened prior to her coming to college
For Fans of: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart; Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.
If you have read this I would love to know your thoughts!