We are Okay by Nina LaCour
Release date: February 14, 2017
Marin is a freshman in college in New York State. It's winter break and her roommate and the rest of the student body are headed home for the holidays. But, not Marin. She and the campus groundskeeper are the only folks sticking it out for the break.
Marin has great plans to stay warm and make it through her Netflix queue. But, that has to wait until after a visit from her past. Mable, the girl who used to be one of the two most important people in her life, is coming to visit for three days. Mable used to be her best friend as well as her first love. Now she is the one person who can't let Marin forget what her life used to be like.
Because Marin used to live in a house by the Pacific Ocean with her grandfather. A man who called her "Sailor," and told terrible jokes over freshly baked cakes. But, that was then and now all that's left of her old life is ghosts. Marin is pretty sure that when Mable gets to her dorm, she will find out that Marin is a ghost too.
Nina LaCour writes sadness and loneliness in a way that cuts right to your bones like a cold wind. Marin is an honest and true portrayal of what it's like to feel alone in a crowd and alone even among people who used to know you. But, at the same time, there are sparks of hope: places and people in Marin's new town, the connection that's still there with Mable when she arrives.
We are Okay is a beautifully written book all about the delicate connections between family, blood relations and found.