We are okay - Nina LaCour

April 07, 2017

“It’s a dark place, not knowing.

It’s difficult to surrender to.

But I guess it’s where we live most of the time. I guess it’s where we all live, so maybe it doesn’t have to be so lonely. Maybe I can settle into it, cozy up to it, make a home inside uncertainty.” 


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.


Oh man... This book...
I have to start with the writing. It is beautiful and charming. It felt like each word and each sentence had a huge meaning. I loved reading this book, because of the writing and the way Nina LaCour uses words.
But I was sad to discover that I didn't really enjoy this book. I really wanted to like this story.
The plot all in one was a good idea, I guess. But I have to be honest and say that it was really boring and slow. FOR ME. I never skip parts in a book but with this one I just couldn't back off. I'm sure it's because I'm not used to books like this. And I know, a lot of people love it.
I kind of still don't understand what the plot really really was about and to be honest. There wasn't really anything happening. Both characters just mainly talked but avoided tricky topics. So that was boring. And basically they slept, ate, brushed their teeth, ate, talked, went to the bathroom, showered and on and on. And you had to read how they brushed their teeth more in detail than you probably wanted. In my opinion it didn't really had a high point. And since I'm a easily distracted teen, it was missing for me.
I read a review on GoodReads that said, that the person commenting, felt like it was a "quite" book. Which is true. You will have a smooth fairytale-telling voice in your head throughout the whole novel. 
And I really still am confused about the romance... I guess they didn't love each other as much anymore? Or something like that...
All in all, beautifully written. But boring and slow. BUT! If you like really really short-one-sitting books, that have meaning, read it. And I hope you'll love it. I wished I did.
But at the end I only loved the writing not the story. I think I will read it once again in the future, when I learn to read those kind of books. :)


"The trouble with denial is that when the truth comes, you aren't ready."

2 out of 5 stars (4 out of 5 for the writing)

xoxo - A

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