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

The Vanishing Year: Gripping, Edgy and Smart. 🌟🌟🌟

BOOK BLURB TAKEN FROM GOODREADS:


Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely. 

The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.

 

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My Review: 

A first from Kate Moretti and boy was it good! 😉
The writing is very gripping, I must credit the author for that, it definitely kept me on the edge to find out what the hell is going to happen next!? I felt like I was living a dual life – my real one and the one beautifully hosted by Kate Moretti. It is an engrossing thriller about families and relationships that have too many dirty secrets for their own good, ha-ha! While I was devouring the story, I couldn’t help but notice the slight, although a vivid resemblance to the epic psychological thriller REBECCA.  I’m not complaining because I loved Rebecca and anything mildly inspired by that tale only intrigues me.
The single place where this otherwise mind blowing thriller led me down was that some parts of it were overly described, but then again, maybe it was necessary to create the bond between the protagonist and the readers? Could be! 

Arriving to the twist part, I HATE to make the right guess, but unfortunately here I made the right guess 😓😓 and it happens so that I lost my  “omg what” moment!  

Overall,  it is an interesting book which will keep you on the edge of your seat to jump right to the bottom of matters. Savour it!

Favorite quotes:

Everyone wants to be loved for who they are, even if we keep our true selves locked up and hidden. It’s a nice little fantasy to believe that the right person holds the key and all the things you do not say are just somehow, magically, known.- Kate Moretti

He’s nearly perfect. But is he good?-Kate Moretti

Ideas are infallible, people are not. – Kate Moretti

Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I was truly fascinated by the book’s blurb, but I hadn’t a clue why “Bell Jar” could have been used the title of a semi-autobiography. Once I downloaded the PDF copy of Bell Jar and started reading it, I can’t conceive of a better title for this book. 

The dark yet compelling accounts of Sylvia’s life will keep you hooked and stir your emotions gently but powerfully. 

What is crazy? What is insane?  What is genius?  Who are loony? Perhaps we’re all a bit of everything. 

I learnt a good deal about depression and how it can cruelly rob you of your talent. 
The biography explains the true face of mental illness and clinical depression and how it associates itself like a Bell Jar upon a person’s normal thought process blurring the real spirit and any trace of happiness. 

Iam. I am. I am
I am alive breathing and existing. Iam alive breathing and existing. 
I am alive breathing and existing. 

Iam.Iam.Iam

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Through this book I was introduced to the life of Sylvia and her poems and I am glad that I found out so much about her. Truly a literary mastermind!
Excerpts:


   

F*ck Love By Tarryn Fisher


After reading the intriguing story of Kafka by Murakami, I decided to read something which would be fun and easy on my mind. As I was browsing through GoodReads to discover my next novel; I stumbled upon this really entertaining and hilarious novel by Tarryn Fisher called F*ck love. There are some really emotional moments in the book too, but overall it was engaging to a point where I completed it within a day and a half.

The best part about the book is the wonderful quotations used by the author. I’m mighty impressed by her writing. I ended up going through all her social media handles! From all my very impromptu reaseach I conclude that Tarryn Fisher is one coming of age author who knows exactly how to keep her readers coming back for more. I’m drawn to her personality and the beauty of the language she uses. Don’t believe me ? Then check out some of my favourite quotations from her book F*ck love- 

Awkward social situations are the building blocks of life.

*Isn’t it absolutely true? 😉😉

There was room in my heart for forgiveness; there wasn’t room in my life for someone who constantly needed it.

*All the right feels. 😢😢

You’re a dead language, you know that? No one is like you, and you are like no one.

 *If someone ever tells me this; I would swoon .❤❤

Life is but a carousel of four seasons. Unpredictable for the most part. Happy. Unhappy. Content. Searching. Mess up the order, and they still rebound at one point or another. I’ve learned that revolution can be inward or outward. A move across the country to gain perspective. A change of heart and mind to gain sanity. But the point is to revolt when the season changes. If only to quench your thirst, revolt.

* Food for thought. ✌👍👏👏

Don’t make someone burn, and then try to douse the flames with the things you should have done. Those regrets are gasoline not water. 

*Did all the fuckboys get a message?  👊

Contrast is important in life. We understand what light is because we can compare it with what we know is dark. Sweet is made sweeter after we eat something bitter. It’s the very same with sadness. And it’s important to experience sadness, to embrace it in order to truly know happiness. I was just a flat line until he came along. And maybe now I’m hurting. But isn’t that what love is supposed to do? Make you feel, make you brave, make you look at yourself more carefully?

*Genius Woman. 👧👧

Book Review 


This book is amazing! 

Oh God this book, I’m Psyched. 
Though this book was put out in 2013 I did not have the opportunity to read it then . Just recently while I was exploring some of the mystery books on GoodReads, where I happened to find this gem of a book,  a stunning debut novel by a truly gifted writer Kimberly McCreight.
This book dispenses with the fragile relationship of a busy working woman with a serious guilt conscience of not being a good enough mother to her daughter who is no more. (Nope, not a spoiler) The brilliant POV of both of them throughout the story keeps you on the crotchet. 
It deals with how the manipulative people prey on the weak ones and their tender  emotions. Most significantly, it has a strong message that one should report bullying or harassment of any form to an authority or a trusted adult, if you are a minor before it is too late to protect yourself and others.
Overall, it is a hardcore suspense novel with elements of family,  friendships, love balanced in a brilliant manner making it a unputdownable. If you like reading the dark gothic novels, this one is for you. 🙌 

To the self-appointed moral police

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Beforehand writing this piece I want to say that I’m miffed and infuriated how our society works. I distinguish that I’m a part of this society too and to some extent, I’m the problem too .From this moment on I want to change in what way my natural thinking works and be a little more conscious towards the judgments I pass on people unknowingly/grudgingly/due to being jealous.  When we pass judgments we are completely unaware of the effect we have on the being we target, we are being self-centred in doing so and it is not fair to anyone. It is a natural urge to criticize yet we cannot handle the criticisms which are intended to us and that’s why it is unfair to let someone go through what we cannot bear.  Recently I had my real close friend (a guy) Text me that he saw a few people on the road looking at me while he was just passing to go somewhere, I was inquisitive and requested him what did he intend on telling me -he told me that whenever people look at me or talk to me it is scarcely ever because I’m smart or good-looking but because I have a “voluminous” body! THE NERVE OF HIM! I asked him what actually made him draw such assumptions in the first place, for which he voiced me that I have “bigger assets” compared to other girls and that is what makes other people absorbed “to look at me” and that is the reason men “admire and give me attention”  . Oh my goodness, how sick can this fellow get? Being a “good friend” doesn’t he think how telling me those things could just make my confidence hit a ground zero? He went on to suggest how I must change the way I dress in a more “conservative way” where I “hide” my ample assets. HUH. JUST TO BE MORE FITTING IT SEEMS!!! That night, I instantly summon up all the interactions I have had with men and couldn’t help myself but think, what if he is correct. I spent the whole evening thinking about how people perceive me and my body and if my assets were the only interesting aspect about me. It made me incredibly sad, made me question my worth. That was thoroughly horrifying. The next day I woke up and realised a lot of things. First thing, he was not a good friend. Second, what others supposed or didn’t think of me was none of my business. Third, I didn’t have to fucking change the manner I dressed.  When it comes to women I see a lot of men become self-appointed moral police trying to “protect” us by setting rules, telling us a dude’s perception on how they are waiting to devour our body at any minute. Seriously to all these kind of men who think they are only protecting women, we do have our womanly instincts to sense danger and keep away from it. Y’all do not have to instruct us on changing our lifestyle so that we can be more suitable. If whatever you should edify other men about how they possibly treat womankind.  To the overall women out there just be yourself-dress as you like, eat what makes you happy, have opinions even though others might not stay  in agreement with you, go out with your friends, take pictures. As long as you are not putting yourself in potential danger, live your life on your own terms even if people try to tell you otherwise!