WE ARE OKAY focuses on coming to terms with and moving beyond loss, grief, and loneliness. The relationships/friendships between the characters in this book are complex, but more importantly, healthy and respectful. And the characters' diverse identities aren't "issues"! This is such a wholesome read. The quiet, gentle tone throughout had me feeling like I was holding my breath—it was that stunning. What a wonderful character-driven novel.
This book hurt me in ways I didn't think a book could. I almost stayed up late last night to finish it, but I had to put it down because of how emotional it was making me.
This may be my favorite book I've read this year. 💙
1. I‘m in the middle of Authority by Jeff VanderMeer but just download We Are Okay today and I‘m excited to start it!
2. Es Tebu! Fresh pressed sugar cane juice. Especially with some lemon or lime to brighten it up even more.
3. My last 2-3 books were all library books I‘ve now returned. So the last line of a recent read I still have is “I am not returning home.” - Annihilation
I'm almost finished with Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, so I decided to take my other books back that I never finished and get some new ones.
My own books have been severely neglected this year.
I've been in such a reading slump this year. It's been a hectic year full of challenges and changes.
My favorite of my #MayReads is We Are Okay.
perfectly captured the feeling of being young, in love and the feeling that something is slightly broken
the representation and rawness of this book is astounding
i loved the poetic style, it made me feel both centred in reality and in my own head
10/10 - found its place on my favourites shelf
I am celebrating passing 5000 Litfluence points with a giveaway. This is a print of a watercolour done by my 19-year-old son which I will mail anywhere. All you have to do for a chance to win is to comment with the name of the book that rocked your world most recently. I will choose a winner randomly on Monday April 15th at 7pm. Feel free to share #ludicreader5000
This book touched my heart. Here‘s my full review: https://booksonpointe.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/review-we-are-okay/
I absolutely enjoyed this book it gave me all the feels in all the right ways. Having dealt with grief myself, i also learned alot from this book
“But now there is stillness and drips of candlewax and quiet. There are the ghosts of who we used to be.”
5/5 This book was super short, yet filled with such depth. You can feel the loneliness and sorrow the protagonist, Marin, is dealing with as she copes with loss, both familial and romantic. Nina Lacour has such a talent for writing emotion. I found myself being being transported back to my university days where I felt as loney as Marin.
5⭐'s. "The most innocent things can call back the most terrible." I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would! I was in a kind of dark mood when I started it so I thought it was a bad idea to read it but it wasn't at all. This book helped me a lot! ❤️
This YA book burst my heart wide open! I've been saving it for Christmas time because it definitely has that Christmas-y feel to it. It references Jane Eyre & One Hundred Years of Solitude! I LOVE when books reference books The protagonist is a girl working through grief who used to love to read but finds herself unable to anymore. I also love how this book normalizes her romantic relationship with a girl without the SHOCK factor. 💕
New Reads November rolls on over on the podcast with a discussion about a true heartbreaker of a book, Nina LaCour‘s We Are Okay. Main character Marin‘s story is one of love, secrets, and the many ways that you can call someone family. It broke me into a million little pieces, but I enjoyed every last minute. 💔 click the link in my bio to listen! 🎧
While there‘s nothing groundbreaking here, I thought it was a very heartfelt story w/some important messages about grief and trauma and how everyone processes these things in their own way and on their own time, and you have to let them do that. I wish we got a fuller picture of what happened before Marin went to NY, and I‘m pretty sure a school wouldn‘t let even a legal adult live all alone in the dorm for a month. But still a nice read. 3/5 ⭐️
Oh! Maybe her name *is* pronounced like the county, then? Sweet, that‘s easier on my brain 😆
I‘ve only read one book by Nina LaCour (Everything Leads to You) and I absolutely loved it...but this one doesn‘t have super great reviews, so who knows. But it‘s really short so even if it‘s not great at least it won‘t be a huge time investment, LOL #nowreading
This is one of those books that you just can‘t quite put your finger on. Not a lot happens, but I feel like I‘ve been on a journey. I was totally not expecting it, but the very end hit me like a sucker punch. I love stories that take me by surprise with how much I love them, and Marin‘s certainly fits that description. Jorjeana Marie can do no wrong; her narration is light and perfect and portrayed grief with the same quiet intensity as joy.
This was such a beautifully written, sad, quiet story. I love that it takes place in San Francisco, it's always fun to see local places mentioned This story is told from Marin's perspective as she copes with the loss of her grandfather who raised her, goes through the ups and downs of her first love, while also battling loneliness and being forced to be an independent adult before she's ready. Listened to it on audio but definitely worth a read.