June 22, 2018

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarLaCour, Nina. We Are Okay. 5 CDs. 5:37 hrs. Listening Library. Feb. 2017. $35. ISBN 9781524749941. digital download.

Gr 9 Up –Eighteen-year-old Marin is paralyzed with grief. Following the unexpected death of the beloved grandfather who raised her, Marin flees California to New York and college, abandoning her support system. It takes a visit from her best friend and former lover Mabel for Marin to begin the healing process. Marin’s sorrow and sense of betrayal are explained through poignant flashbacks to the months leading up to her grandfather’s death. Jorjeana Marie does an outstanding job, reading LaCour’s spare and beautiful prose. She conveys the depth of Marin’s moodiness, introspection, and confusion. Individual characters are clearly defined, and as Marin grows stronger, so does Marie’s voice for her. VERDICT Give this to your sensitive listeners, to those who appreciate the power of a best friend, and to those who enjoyed I’ll Give You the Sun.–Julie Paladino, formerly at East Chapel Hill High School, NC

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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