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

Book Review: The Twilight Wife

TWILIGHT WIFE by AJ Banner
My Rating: 4 Stars

Genre: Mystery 

Favourite Quotes From The Book:

1.The brain is a mystery,” I say, looking down into my coffee.“Yours is a beautiful mystery.

2.There isn’t any map for recovery, except the one you create for yourself. With time.

Review:

The twilight wife is the book that falls under the category of the mystery genre. Written by AJ Banner, the narrative follows the life of Kyra after a near fatal diving accident at the Deception Pass where the water current is ferocious. After sustaining a near death experience at the Deception Pass Kyra loses four years of memory and is frustrated  by her own inability to trust her brain to make basic decisions about people,  life in general. Kyra has a doting husband who looks after her like she is the only person in the world; he is committed to helping his “wife” to  get her back on track but Kyra is not at ease despite her “husband’s” best efforts. But, why? That’s what this book is all about.

If you have interests in the marine life, this book will absolutely be a delight because there are wonderful descriptions of ocean creatures,  sea shells and beaches throughout the book. The description of the places and people are very vivid and tangible. That’s what I really loved about this book. The plot twist is mind – boggling to say the least. You cannot have seen it coming AT ALL. The author has performed a great job there.
On the whole this a short book with characters that will remain with you; it has beautiful yet lonesome beaches. It is not so dark but definitely keeps you on your toes to find out more about Kyra and her journey to discover the truth.