We Are Okay (Hardcover)

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A quick but absolutely beautiful read! The writing style really reminded of me Donna Tartt especially when describing the bitter north eastern cold and winter storms. A really lovely story of love lost, love gained, betrayal, and family. The tense relationship between Marin and Mabel made me want to die and maybe a little part of me did.

-- Josh

— From Josh H. Staff Picks

Some books are spells. It's as simple as that. Their pull is irresistible. They weave and roost and bloom inside you. Reading them is like a deep dive, like a deep breath. In We Are Okay, Nina LaCour has crafted something enchanting. I read it in one sitting, rooted to the spot, unable to look away. Under its spell. It's a story of love, of loneliness, of secrets, of grief. Grief so big it holds all those other things inside it. At is center is Marin, a girl in mourning, and her intense relationship with her best friend Mabel. The story moves lightly from past to present and back again, revealing hearts broken and healed, relationships tested and transformed. An undeniable, gorgeous, and moving read. Dive in!

-- Haley

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"The story moves lightly from past to present and back again, revealing hearts broken and healed, relationships tested and transformed. An undeniable, gorgeous, and moving read." - Haley, Book Culture Selects letter, Forever Yound Adult, April

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Winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award -- An achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.

"Short, poetic and gorgeously written." --The New York Times Book Review

"A beautiful, devastating piece of art.
" --Bookpage

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.

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.

Praise for We Are Okay

"Nina LaCour treats her emotions so beautifully and with such empathy." --Bustle

"Exquisite." --Kirkus

★ "LaCour paints a captivating depiction of loss, bewilderment, and emotional paralysis . . . raw and beautiful." --Booklist

★ "Beautifully crafted . . . . A quietly moving, potent novel." --SLJ

★ "A moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she's known has been thrown into disarray." --Publishers Weekly

★"Bittersweet and hopeful . . . poetic and skillfully crafted." --Shelf Awareness

"So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book." --Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

"As beautiful as the best memories, as sad as the best songs, as hopeful as your best dreams."
--Siobhan Vivian, bestselling author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World

"You can feel every peak and valley of Marin's emotional journey on your skin, in your gut. Beautifully written, heartfelt, and deeply real." --Adi Alsaid, author of Never Always Sometimes and Let's Get Lost

About the Author

Nina LaCour is the author of the widely acclaimed Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. She is also the coauthor, with David Levithan of You Know Me Well. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Martinez, California. www.ninalacour.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525425892
ISBN-10: 0525425896
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English