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We Are Okay

We Are Okay
Nina LaCour
Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

The cover doesn’t really match up with the story, in my opinion. It doesn’t like it would appeal to older teens. While it captures the isolation Marin feels, it doesn’t seem to reflect her life in New York or the grief she experiences. In fact, most of We Are Okay is about grief. The cause of it is slowly unraveled throughout the book. It definitely was a sad story, but it ended on a hopeful note.