We Are Okay
Publication: February 14, 2017
Marin is lonely. Her grandfather has passed leaving her with no family and after he dies, she runs away to college. She’s ignored texts and emails from her friends back home so when winter break arrives, she stays at school where she is the only one in the dorms-more loneliness. This girl was so lonely, it made me lonely.
Marin’s best friend, Mabel, is arriving for the weekend and they haven’t spoken since her grandfather’s passing and Marin is anxious. If my review seems lackluster, it’s because I felt nothing as I read this book; I didn’t connect with any of the characters.
My major problem with this book is the underdevelopment of the characters. At one point, Marin says that she didn’t really know her grandfather and she listed what she knew. UM…HELLO, I can say the same thing about Marin-her mother died when she was three; she likes literature; she likes girls. I can say the same thing about Mabel-she’s Mexican; her mother is a painter; she has an older brother; she goes to school in Cali. That’s literally all you know about most of the characters. I think I knew more about the grandfather than Marin and Mabel.
Although the relationship between Marin and Mabel was refreshing, I don’t think it did much to the plot. Maybe that was intentional but if they had just been best friends, I don’t think it would have affected the story.
I felt like this book tried too hard. At first I thought Marin had a mental illness but I don’t think she did because if so, it wasn’t handled well-that ending tho. I won’t go into the ending because it’s a spoiler but it felt unrealistically too fast.
Bang Bang Rating: 1/2