We Are Okay
Marin has started her first semester of college, and the New York winter is a huge change from her beach in California. But pretty much everything about Marin's life has changed - from her best friend, Mabel, to her Gramps. Marin's mother died when she was three, and Gramps is the only family she's ever known. Now that he's gone, Marin has to reconstruct her world, including whether Mabel's friendship means something more, and how she can move forward when she faces secrets about her past. She's tempted to retreat into loneliness, imagining ghosts from Jane Eyre and One Hundred Years of Solitude, but since Mabel is coming to visit her dorm over Christmas break, Marin won't have the luxury of hiding.
This is a short book with some beautifully lyrical writing. The mood is mostly dark throughout the story, but the search for love and truth make the painful parts worth the journey. The story shifts between Marin's present stay at the dorm and flashbacks of her earlier years with her grandfather, up to the summer she leaves California.
Note for advanced readers: some mature content
"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."
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