We Are Okay | Review

Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun.

Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.


★ ★ ★ ★ .5

I thought this book was a graphic novel. I honestly did! So I was a bit disappointed to find it wasn’t.

 

 

The writing was simple, and full of thought. It doesn’t necessarily make you feel anything deep, but it just expresses the way that our main character is feeling, without making it dramatic.

Throughout this book you’re flashing from the past to the present, trying to figure out what happened. And for me, that was handled pretty well. It wasn’t confusing, and the balance between these chapters were perfect.

 

 

The characters were quick to learn, and easy to remember. These are definitely people that I’ll be carrying with me for a while.

 

 

This was a beautiful book.That is the adjective that really describes it the best. It was beautifully written, and it’s sure to be one I think about a lot.

 

 

 

Overall Thoughts

This was a book I never thought I’d read. Now that I have, I seriously suggest that you do – it’s not some depressing contemporary, and it’s not supposed to be an eye-opener. Just enjoy it.


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One of Us is Lying | Review

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Mystery

Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?


★ ★ ★ .5

I so badly wanted to give this a four star rating! I keep going back and forth, but ultimately, the ending left me with mixed feelings. If you’ve read this book, please talk about it with me! I need someone to talk about spoilers with!
The writing style hooked me from the beginning, and it fit with the Thriller genre.

The plot was interesting, and it didn’t take me long to get into it. For proof, I finished this book in, like, three days. Which for me, is quickly.
I really enjoyed the characters! No one was who they seemed to be, and it was fun to see all the different perspectives and lifestyles. I think my favorite is Nate, though it’s really hard to decide!
The relationships were really fun to follow, and fit perfectly with the plot! Also some great diversity, which is awesome. I also liked how there was a lot  of girl power – a certain character deciding that she is happy without a boyfriend, which is awesome.

There were also some awesome family relationships, which is always good to see.

 

 

There was one thing that significantly lowered the rating. There was a lot of underage drinking in this book, and if you know me at all, you know that is something that I just can’t stand by.

Especially because there are no repercussions – and no, I’m not talking about a certain character drug dealing to help pay bills \ support their family. To me, that is okay. I mean, obviously don’t do that, but this character had no choice.

No, I’m talking about the parties where they were getting drunk, and still drinking. That’s not cool with me, and I’m over seeing it in YA books.

 

 

The ending…was realistic, I guess. I don’t know – I was hoping for something a bit better from a murder mystery, and it seemed a little dramatic.

Like, I can’t imagine anyone actually doing that, getting away with it, and dragging 4+ people down with them.

 

 

 

Overall Thoughts

A bit disappointing, but not a bad debut. There was a lot to take from this book, and I’m looking forward to the author’s next book.


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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Review

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I’m really excited for this movie to come out, so I decided to read the book first. Plus I had  a very pushy friend who was about to force me to read it, so.

 

 

The writing style was perfect for a contemporary. Really easy to read, and very enjoyable. Same with the dialogue – none of it felt stressed or faked.

Which worked well, as it is also an LGBTQ book, so it’s important that is feels natural.

 

The plot was exactly to be expected from a contemporary – not necessarily complicated, but still interesting.

 

 

The characters were definitely my favorite part! Simon was such a fun main character, and I really enjoyed learning about his family and friends. They were all very realistic, and very relatable.

 

 

One of the best things about this book, is all the references to other books, movies, songs, stories etc.

For example: super random, but Tohru from Fruits Basket (which is one of my favorite mangas ever) was brought up, and it just made me so happy!

 

 

Overall Thoughts

This is most definitely a must-read contemporary! It’s super funny and relatable, and should be on your TBR!


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Contemporary Writing Playlist

Writers Wednesday

 

It’s summer!

 

…Well, for most of you, anyway. But it’s already warming up (thankfully), so I figured to help bring that summer feeling around, I’d make a writing playlist themed around Contemporary.

 

Let me know what you listen to when writing contemporary! Did I forget any bands or songs?


Echosmith – Cool Kids


One Republic – Counting Stars


Phillip Phillips – Gone Gone Gone


L’Orchestra Cinematique – Top of the World


Walk the Moon – Shut up and Dance


 

 

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