When she left her old life with only a few possessions, Marin wasn’t exactly looking to reconnect with her past. But her best friend’s visit to her dorm for part of Christmas break may force her to recall memories she never wanted to think of again.
This is easily one of my most emotional reads this year. Every plot development only made me more attached to the characters and heartbroken over what they went through. Though it’s easy to see how some might find Marin to be overreacting or melodramatic at the start, I found her to be an incredibly sympathetic character by the end. Without giving anything away, I can definitively say that there’s a reason she is the way she is.
The relationships between characters were probably the most compelling part of We Are Okay for me. There was such a difference between how they were depicted in the present and what showed through in the flashbacks. It really moved the story forward as these relationships developed across both timelines. In the end, seeing how Marin’s relationships developed is central to understanding why the story ended the way it did. I can say with certainty that We Are Okay is one of my favorite Christmas stories of all time.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): death, underage drinking, implied sexual content
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