REVIEW: We Are Okay & Wayward Son.
We Are Okay:
We Are Okay follows our main character Marin who has escaped her old life and left it behind to go to college. Everybody has left the dorms for winter break and leaving her the only one there. She is staying at the dorms for the entire break and her only thing to look forward to is her friend visiting from her old life. Marin’s story is told through a series of flashbacks where we learn that recently her grandfather has died leaving her absolutely heartbroken and looking for escape. He was the only person she had left in terms of family and being in that mind set, she left San Francisco without telling anybody about what happened to her Grandpa.
This story explores grief and emotions that I personally have struggled with this past year, as I lost my Granny just before COVID-19 properly hit the United Kingdom. Nina LaCour excellently explores the ideas and emotions that happen during the grieving period and provides the reader with eloquent writing that pulls at the heartstrings. This book really resonated with me whilst I grieved this year.
“I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.”
4 out of 5 stars.
Wayward Son follows our main characters from Carry On, Simon Snow, Baz and Penny. In this sequel, we follow them on a road trip to America. In the previous book, Simon lost his magic ability but now has a tail and big huge giant wings. Ever since this huge change, he hasn’t been quite himself so when Penny wants to go on a road trip across America to visit their friend Agatha, Baz and Simon agree that they will go with her.
However, when they get to America, it’s not like they expect it to be. The trio now find themselves on the run due to a magical battle at a renaissance faire. But when they get wind that Agatha might be in some trouble due to going to a wellness retreat that’s not really that after all, they must go and help her. But she is in San Diego, and they are on the other side of the country and so they must road trip to help her.
This book is full of chaos and fun. It provides a wonderful road trip story and it’s great as a sequel. Simply put, it was a great story and provided a lot of comedic moments even if the plot was serious at times.
3 out of 5 stars.