If you’re looking for a perfect mix of Character, plot and atmosphere, We are okay is more than just okay, pick it up if you are picky about the YA you read.
‘The trouble with denial is that when the truth comes, you aren’t ready.’
#theguywiththebookreview presents We are okay by Nina LaCour
Most of the YA fiction I’ve picked have somehow always been about a troubled teen who is extremely whiny and irritating. This led me to think maybe that’s what YA is mostly about and I’ve pretty much stayed away from the genre as it was never relatable to my experiences in life.
The book revolves around a girl who is trying to get away from everyone and deal with grief. We aren’t told what she is dealing with and this usually irritates me when there is no context to a depressed character but Nina brilliantly balances the characters emotional state with atmospheric writing. She transports you to an almost unforgivingly cold New York and the focus, while being on the protagonist is also on the setting. Which is refreshing!
What I liked:
▪️Character driven but not overwhelmingly one dimensional, the plot and setting play an equal if not more important part.
▪️A very heartwarming and empowering ending.
▪️Easy to read, a good book to read after one of your more mentally taxing reads.
What I didn’t like:
▪️Could’ve been a teeny tiny bit longer, but hey, 1 book added towards the good reads challenge, so I’m not really complaining 😂