We Are Okay Review
Pages: 256 pages
Published: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
2 out of 5 stars
We are okay is the story about Marin who hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since she left everything behind after the loss of her grandfather. But despite running away from thousands of miles to a college in New York she still feels the loss and depression. Now, months later Marin waits for her best friend Mabel, whose sole mission is to try to talk to Marin and convince her to come back to the coast of California with her.
The story is told from two points of views; present day, and the last few weeks leading up to Marin’s departure. but even with those two points of views nothing really happens in this story, the present-day mainly consist of Marin trapping herself in her dorm-room refusing to talk or even think about what she’s going to have to do next.
The character didn’t really help this book in my opinion either, as they all feel very empty. The emptiness could be explained by Marin’s depression and how empty she feels on the inside but this shouldn’t be an excuse to have all characters be very shallow. The only real character development in this book was from Marin’s grandfather who’s backstory was slowly revealed. The end tried to give some shot at giving Marin and Mabel a slight backstory and character, but at that moment I felt the book should have bought this up way sooner, or should just not have bothered at all.
All in all, I felt like this book was very boring, I’m all for the representation of mental illnesses in media like books, games, and movies but this was not for me.
I definitely wouldn’t recommend this one.