We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour
Mon, 05/14/2018 - 2:34pm by manz
This year's Printz Award winner was Nina LaCour's young adult novel We Are Okay. The Printz is awarded annually and honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. I've enjoyed LaCour's previous teen novels, and this new one did not disappoint.
After tragedy strikes in late summer, Marin abruptly leaves California to attend college in New York. After settling in a bit, a close friend visits begging for answers, and Marin is absorbed in her own depression, denial, grief, and confusion and can't immediately give her friend what she needs. Over the novel, alternating chapters slowly reveal just what happened over the summer and what forced Marin to up and leave. It's a touching story, and you can't help but feel for Marin as she navigates heartache and young adulthood at the same time.
Be sure to also check out the list of this year's Printz Honor books for more solid reads!