4/5 stars (but more like 3.5)
“We were miraculous.
We were beach creatures.
We had treasures in our pockets and each other on our skin.”
4 stars are mostly symbolic - they are for the feelings, the ambience and the writing. The book itself is not spectacular, nor is it as emotionally devastating as I hoped. The plot also wishes for better - so many unexplained holes. But for some reason I just really enjoyed reading it. It transports you places - sunny beach in California, dark nights on the wet sand, cold and empty New York, empty dorm room.
“I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore.”
If you are looking for a plot driven book - this is not a book for you, it might actually bore you to death. This is a slow book that reads very much like a dairy in present tense. It's more of a journal of musings and feelings and contemplations than anything else. But somehow, on some level it works.
There were ridiculous things that were so obviously overlooked - such as girls never even doubted in their minds that maybe it wasn't a good idea go to strangers house just because he offered nicely, even if it's storming and he is school's house keeper. I was baffled at how gullible they were, if this was a tv show that situation would probably have ended in rape or murder.
There was also such vast emptiness around everything - names and things were thrown around, but none of them ever had any more page time than just a few sentences - fleeting and abrupt. I understand that this is the style of the whole book, but still I wished for things to feel a bit more...finished.
“I could say the night felt magical, but that would be embellishment.
That would be romanticization.
What it actually felt like was life.”
Overall if I had to describe the book in 3 words I'd say:
Raw, simple, sensual.
I also enjoyed how Marin's views were very much minimalistic and how every object she owned had a meaning and a place - it was something I could really relate to. Also, I absolutely adored the cover. We are okay is a very quick read that will appeal t many, but definitely not all.
“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.”
Freelance BETA reader.