Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

"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.

I'll be honest. I went into this book with pretty low expectations. It looked sad. It looked like just another LGBT book, and there are so many out right now that are preachy and trying to prove something.  You don't need to prove anything to me. I think love is love, and you should be with those that you love and who love you. So don't keep pushing anger because it'll rub me the wrong way.

That being said, this book was the opposite of what I expected. Yes, it was sad. Yes, it was LGBT. But it wasn't sad - it was heartbreaking. It was experiencing grief with real feelings and emotions. But it was also uplifting. Marin has been running away from her fears and her grief. She built a wall of sand and snow and ice and boarded herself away from everything she left behind. And with Mabel there she is finally able to let herself feel everything that happened to her and face her new reality.

And yes, it was LGBT, but it wasn't in your face. They weren't preaching. They simply stated that they loved each other. It wasn't particularly taboo or forbidden (though they kept a secret from most people), but they were best friends who felt they were in love, and though that's over now they still love each other. 

The entire story was beautifully written, real, surprising, lyrical, and warm - A story of grief and love interwoven through a snowstorm. One of the only books I've read so far this year that deserves 5 stars. Bravo :)

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