Waiting On Wednesday: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Published by: Penguin Random House/Dutton Books For Young Readers

Date of Publication: February 14th 2017

Genres: YA Fiction

Pages: 240




Goodreads Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.
“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.


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at @Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Reasons 4 Book Lusting We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Goodreads Link here):

I recently read and loved Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads To You (review here) for her writing style & ability to bring to life the settings in her book. I’m big on character development and LaCour knows what she’s doing with the friendships/relationships she builds. We Are Okay takes place in New York City (my home city) where Marin now lives in her college dorm after leaving California in an attempt to flee her past. This being a story about grief and friendship, i’m hoping we get some amazing story telling and truly get a sense of the events that make Marin who she is now. I’m curious about her friend Mabel & how she is connected to Marin’s past. I get the feeling from the synopsis that Marin doesn’t have a family or has had a disconnect & i’m wondering whether we’ll get an amazing cast of supporting characters like we did in Everything Leads To You. I also love that this story is about female friendship because we don’t see that enough in YA. LaCour really knows how to portray the ups & downs of female friendships, hoping this will be a new favorite. Although she writes YA, in her last book I got the sense that the characters were much more mature for their age & had some life experience points under their belt. I’m hoping for a complex & deeply layered Marin, yea I like my characters rough around the edges lol smh.  Also, LaCour gets serious brownie points for this cover! at first I thought that she had gone the Graphic Novel route but quickly realized (& jumped 4 joy a bit) that it was her next YA Fiction book. Love the pastels against the night sky, she appears to be standing on her dorm room bed while looking out into a field somewhere that’s not NYC while snow falls…innnnnnneresting!

Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

26 thoughts on “Waiting On Wednesday: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour”

  1. I hadn’t heard of this author until your review, but now I plan to add her to my list of authors to check out. Sounds like an interesting story. I’ll have to wait until I’m in a contemporary mood. Lately, I’ve been all fantasy and thrillers. 🙂 I go in waves with my mood reading. 😂 Oh, btw, I finished SOC last night and OMG that ending was amazing! I had a feeling that’s how it would go down since it reminds me so much of Ocean’s Eleven, but Kaz… Ugh! I love him! 😍 Why can’t he be real? All girls need a Kaz. 😜

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    1. I LOVE Nina LaCour’s writing when it comes to relationship/friendship dynamics, she nails it! I know how it goes with mood reading girl! YASSS you finished SOC!!! that ending though!!! *GASP* like wtf?!?! she’s one of my top fave characters & that’s tough cuz I almost love them all equally HAHA! Every girl needs a Dirty Handzzzz 😉

      P.S. Can’t wait for our buddy read 🙂

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      1. I know, right? I couldn’t believe that ending. I don’t know how you’ve made it this long without reading the next book. 😂 I’m so excited for our buddy read with Melissa. Next month I’ll have plenty of time to savor it after reading all these scary books. 🙂


  2. Somehow I missed your review for Everything Leads to You so I’ll definitely have to check that out. I haven’t read anything by Nina LaCour yet but Everything Leads to You has been on my TBR for a while and this one sounds like something I would love. Definitely adding this one to my TBR too! Great pick, Lilly! 😊

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    1. Thank you Melissa, Everything Leads To You is def worth a read if you’re looking for a contemporary. I really enjoyed LaCour’s writing, enough to keep an eye out for her next book. So happy I didn’t wait too long for it, if you decide to pick it up I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

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