We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is a gripping and emotional YA read that deserves five stars!
The thing I liked most about this novel is the powerful lessons that it teaches.
1. Love comes in many forms.
The love formed between a grandparent and grandchild. The love created between best friends. The love formed between a parent and child. The love shared between partners. No one form of love is greater than the other. It’s just as raw and real and meaningful.
2. Family has multiple meanings.
It could mean your biological family. The family you form with those you love. The family created by a community. Family can take many shapes and forms—all just as strong and powerful as the bond between the members.
3. It’s okay to hurt and feel sad.
You can feel cheated by the universe. It does not mean anything is wrong with you. There can and will be times when life will knock the wind out of your sails, crush you, and tear you apart. It’s okay. You can grieve, be angry, and cry. Just remember there are people in your life you want to help you through the storm. Don’t be afraid to let them in.
4. Have the courage to ask.
Don’t let the “what ifs” determine your life. Be bold and ask questions, even when it might seem scary or you’re afraid of the outcome. The answers may greatly surprise you.
5. Life is full of surprises.
Things may not always be what they seem. It’s how you choose to live with the surprises that will determine your life.
Verdict: If you are looking for a story that explores the raw and real emotions of grief and betrayal, then check out We Are Okay.
Grade recommendation- 9th grade and up
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- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon