We are okay by Nina LaCour – A scintillating read!

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.

– Book Blurb taken from Goodreads

My Review: 

I was fishing out for a good book on Goodreads for quite some time, but whatever I found prior to We Are Okay was either too boring or uninspiring for my brain buds. I was almost dejected and resolved on taking a hiatus from reading and then voila! I found “We are Okay” by Nina LaCour 😀
Firstly, the main thing that seized my attention regarding this book was obviously its cover – so gorgeous!  And, it’s not just a pretty book I tell you, it has so much to offer to the readers in terms of content in easy and simple words that can be easily comprehended by anybody. The story is masterfully interwoven with poetic semblance and brilliant insight with regard to human reaction to loss and pain that you cannot help but applaud the author for her thoughts. This was my first from Nina LaCour, but decidedly not my last! I will definitely be looking for  more of what she has to offer ’cause boy is she a wordsmith and how! You just have to read it to believe it. 

When it came to the plot, it actually added up as a pleasant surprise to me when it started playing out as it did ’cause I absolutely didn’t expect of what the author really had in mind and where she was going with this novel. Hence, it was better than my expectations!  Both, Marin and Mabel will touch your heart within the short duration of time you are going to pass with them. They’re so adorable, like, genuinely. The character development is excellent and gripping which drives the total plot. 

All in all, it is a scintillating tale of Marin and Mabel as they both discern their opinions of life and loss. I hope you relish it as much as I did! 

I highly recommend to this book if you are going through a phase of pain and loss in life. 

🌹 Happy reading 🌹

Favorite quotations from the book- 

  • I must have shut grief out. Found it in books. Cried over fiction instead of the truth. The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn’t a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to repeat the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.- Nina LaCour
  • The most innocent things can call back the most terrible.
  • “I do not mean the difficulty. I do not mean the sex. I mean there are too many failings. Not enough hope. Everything is despair. Everything is suffering. What I mean is don’t be a person who seeks out grief. There is enough of that in life.” – Nina Lacour

My thoughts on Murakami’s Norwegian Wood

 

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My expectations from Murakami went a notch higher after the impression of what Kafka on the shore left on me but, unfortunately, Norweigan Wood flat lined for me, big time!

I was really looking forward to being cast under the “Murakami spell” by reading this book but all I got was a “Murakami fatigue” :p (But, he still is a great writer undoubtedly). It would be really harsh and foolish of me if I regarded him as boredom inducing writer by judging him for this book alone; because I have heard that some of his other works are pure geniuses. One being Kafka-I can’t stop gushing about this book enough it is almost annoying. 😀

Coming to Norwegian Wood, I sensed that this volume was too disheartening, weird and miserable. I believe that if I had to read any further about Naoko’s time in Ami’s hostel then I guess I myself would have been admitted to the facility lol! *sigh*. On top of that, you see every other character dying just after being familiarized in the book, what the hell? *facepalm* thus the saga of death, gloom, and misery continues without any sign of recovery from the characters which becomes unbearable at a specific point and you are delighted to have reached the end.

There was this one particular character in the book that I grew fond of- Midori Kobayashi. She is very witty, smart and brave I insta-loved her when she entered this deeply depressing novel. Without Midori, I guess I would have given up on this midway so thanks to HER I managed to stay put until the end.

Have you read Norwegian Wood? If yes, don’t forget to tell me how did you like it!

If you are on Goodreads wouldn’t it be lovely for us to catch-up there as well and see which book is giving ultimate the feels? I reckon it’ll be lovely! So, find me there as Anaida Sultana itself.