Blurb from Goodreads
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.
An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.
There’s a quiet majesty to this book. It’s soft. It’s gentle. But it roars with deep emotion.
”We were innocent enough to think that our lives were what we thought they were, that if we pieced all of the facts about ourselves together they’d form an image that made sense – that looked like us when we looked in the mirror, that looked like our living rooms and our kitchens and the people who raised us – instead of revealing all the things we didn’t know.”
The story follows Marin who’s dealing with unimaginable grief and loneliness. She was orphaned as a young child; a tragic surfing accident claiming the life of her mother and her father was unknown… and now, just before leaving for university she loses her grandfather…
The story flip flops between then… the summer months before she left everything behind, before her grandfather died… and now, during winter break when her only friend Mabel is visiting her in her apparent self-inflicted enforced solitude… Marin’s sadness is overwhelming. It’s palpable in this novel and is almost its own character as it drives all of Marin’s thoughts and actions.
‘We Are Okay’ is a short book. But it says so much in its few pages. Plot wise the story is captivating because as a reader it’s utterly compelling to discover what it is that exactly happened in the summer to make Marin leave everything behind… but the more important aspect of the book is Marin’s acceptance of who she is and what her life means. That in her loneliness and solitude she is still loved. She is still enough. That her sadness doesn’t define her. That she will learn to live with it. To cope. That she will be okay.
It’s just a beautiful read. A deeply moving story and one that will touch any heart that knows what it is to lose someone they loved and to stare into the dark void that is grief. And the delicate romance that is sprinkled throughout makes it even more bittersweet.
There isn’t one thing I would change about this novel. I loved everything. The language, the pace, the style, the emotion, the characters, the story… everything. It touched my heart so completely.
A perfect book.