We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Book Review)

Publisher: Dutton Books
Page Count
: 240

This is my third Nina LaCour book and by now she definitely qualifies as an auto-buy author for me. I realise that some of her books are pretty hit or miss for a couple of people, but so far she hasn’t failed to capture my heart with her stories. We Are Okay is a really low-key tale about relationships, grief and forgiveness. You definitely cannot call it a plot-driven story, because barely anything happens. Instead Marin takes you on a journey through the past year of her life and how everything got turned upside down.  I tried to figure out what happened for quite a while, but I think I blew the whole thing up in my head. The reveal was way simpler than that, but it didn’t make the betrayal sting any less.

Something I really appreciated about Marin and Mabel’s relationship was how simple and complicated their love for each other was. Throughout life, they were friends, lovers and sisters – the lines were blurred, but it did not diminish their feelings for each other. Even as their relationship towards each other changed, they wanted nothing but the best. They worried and cared, even when it did not always seem that way. I just love when there is no malice between girls, they get pitched against each other or show signs of toxic friendships way too often in books for my taste. So here’s an example of just how beautiful and full of good will a relationship can be:

I look at her. I wish her everything good. A friendly cab driver and short lines through security. A flight with no turbulence and an empty seat next to her. A beautiful Christmas. I wish her more happiness than can fit in a person. I wish her the kind of happiness that spills over.

I always have troubles expressing myself when I loved a book, because I want to say more than what you can clearly see – that I enjoyed it. This book was not just about romantic relationships, in fact, that was the smallest and most insignificant part of it. Much more it dealt with family, knowing where you come from and who the people really are who are by your side all the way. It was about grief, and how everyone deals with it differently. And finally there’s the forgiveness and learning how to move on, which wraps it all up in so much hope. I loved all of those parts, the quiet, simple and real way it was told, which is why there were tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of it all.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! A slow and extremely moving story about grief.

Have you read We Are Okay? Have you read other books by LaCour?

15 thoughts on “We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Book Review)

  1. Beautiful review, Kat! I haven’t read any books by LaCour yet but I really want to – I don’t know which one to start with now, though. Is there one you would recommend? Do you have one favorite? 😀

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    • It really depends what you are in the mood for. If you want something incredibly fluffy and almost too perfect, I’d go for Everything Leads to You. It’s most people’s favourite book by her.
      If you are looking for something more fun and quick. Something that you can read through in a day about friendship, I would definitely go for You Know Me Well.
      And in case you want to go cry and get your heart broken, We Are Okay is the one. 😉 I like all three books, but it’s totally up to you. She’s kind of a hit or miss author for most people.

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  2. This definitely sounds like a beautiful book! I have to admit, the first thing that drew me into this novel, was the cover. Blue and pink are my favorite colors and I can’t help but fall in love with any combination with these two colors. Everything looks so aesthetically pleasing on them!
    But, to be honest, I was a bit skeptical over the page count. This book had an interesting premise, but I was underwhelmed since it is quite short. I wondered if the author would explore well all layers of the story in less than 300 pages, but, after your lovely review, I feel like it won’t disappoint! Great one, Kat!

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    • The cover is really gorgeous, it caught my attention as well. I didn’t feel like it was too short at all. It’s such a slow tale, it feels way longer than the actual page count.


  3. Yay I’m so glad you loved this one!! I’m one of the small deluded grapes who totally didn’t get it. 😂 I feel so bad!! I wanted to love it but yeah, just nope. Hehe. I did like how it wasn’t a toxic relationship between the girls or anything and I was sooo curious to find out why it all fell apart! So that was really interesting. 😀 YAY FOR 5 STAR READS, THOUGH, KAT, HUZZAH.


    • Hahaha yeah, I saw your review on Goodreads and felt like we didn’t exactly read the same into the story. But oh well, it would be no fun if everyone liked everything the same.


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