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Genre: fiction, young adult, contemporary, lgtbq
"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."

Where do I even start with this review? We are Okay is an unassuming little book that left me in a sobbing emotional mess, but in the very best way possible.

The book starts with Marin at her lowest: she's lost her only family and now she's alone, across the country, away from her friends. While there is a lot pain and sadness to be found here, this book is ultimately about hope and acceptance. The emotions that Mabel go through in this novel hit me right in the gut because I've been there. La Cour does such an incredible job of showing Marin's loneliness and grief I had little trouble empathizing with Marin and was rooting for her every step of the way. Mabel, her best friend, is also a compelling character and I love how their friendship takes center stage in the story. 

I came across this book without any preexisting knowledge of the story or the characters so I was surprised to discover that this book features a queer person of color as one of the main characters and better yet, gives them the same care and thoughtfulness as the rest of the cast. Diversity and representation are very important to me so this book gets all the brownie points. 

My one small nitpick is that the pacing can be slow at times. Personally, it works for the story but those who like more action might find it hard to read. But if contemporary fiction with wonderfully written lgbtqia characters of color and an emotionally charged story are your thing, then definitely check this book out. 

My rating: ★★★★★

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