Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Happy Sunday! Today I'm sharing with you the experience of listening to We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, a young adult novel about loss, grief, friendship, and new beginnings. It was such a short, pleasant read.

Anyways, it's different from what I usually read, but I loved it all the same. Let me tell you why...

Book Review of Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay by Lourdes Montes | Two Arts in a World - Literature Blog  | May, 2020.


You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t 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 she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.


There are books that are beautifully written and touch your soul because they resonate with the tragedies in life we all go through. We Are Okay is the kind of book you cozy up to read or listen to in bed. I got to listen to it in a night and a morning, and it reminded me of the sad songs that we love deeply because they make life more beautiful. The audiobook experience felt like that, especially because the narrator's voice was so soothing.

The plot was smooth in the unfolding of the life-changing events in Marin's life. It switches between the present with occasional flashbacks that help us understand her grief. We don't know much about her, except that she left her home in California where she used to live with her grandfather. Her best-friend, Mabel, is on the way to visiting her while she spends winter break in her New York College. I think something I couldn't help was wondering what happened that made her run away and you can't help trying to fill the gaps, but the narrator does an excellent job at revealing every detail at its time. You get all the answers, I promise.

Overall, this is a wholesome read that acknowledges grief and leaves you full of hope. The perfect weekend read for sure.

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Here is all the info for We Are Okay :

Book Aesthetic - We are Okay by Nina LaCour | Two Arts in a World
Book Aesthetic

Reading Challenge No.: 21/45

Author: Nina LaCour - Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Format: Audiobook

Length: 5h 37m

POV: #FirstPersonPOV

Genre: #Contemporary #RealisticFiction #YoungAdult #LGBTQ

Series or Standalone? #Standalone

First Sentence:

"Before Hannah left, she asked if I was sure I'd be okay."

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Love, Lourdes

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