We Are OkayBook - 2017
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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 f... Read More »
Thousands of miles away at college, Marin still feels the overwhelming grief she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, her best friend Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid between them.
KCLSReads May 05, 2019
Struck by grief over her grandfather's death, Marin decides to spend winter break in her New York dorm room rather than visiting her San Francisco home. When her friend Mabel comes to visit, she's forced to face painful aspects of her past.
**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 feels the pull of the life and trag... Read More »
MapleValleyEnumclawTeens Apr 27, 2017
Fantastic writing. If you like character driven books with beautiful language, read this. One of the best young adult novels about grief that exists. The characters and relationships between characters are rich and interesting. Love and loss so beautifully woven together throughout.
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"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 uncertainly"
Surprisingly enough, this was the most relatable and enjoyable line for me in the book. It was honestly disappointing.
"The panties had a picture of the mascot across the butt. They were fun, even if only I would ever see them."
"Tragedy," she says. "Heartbreak." She stops and then she makes sure that I'm looking at her. "Betrayal. . . .
"These are all things that change a person. If we endure them and we aren't changed, then something is wrong."
There are degrees of obsession, of awareness, of grief, of insanity. Those days and nights in the motel room I weighed each of them against the other. I tried to make sense of what had happened, but each time I came up short. Each time I thought I may have understood, some line of logic snapped and I was thrust back into not knowing.
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.