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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour and More Teen Books Fresh Off the Cart

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The latest Cover of We Are Okayteen books added to the collection include a title I'm already proclaiming one of my favorites of the year: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Marin is a college freshman in New York, spending her winter break alone in the dorm and nervously looking forward to a visit from her best friend Mabel from back home. The narrative alternates between Marin's winter break and her senior year in high school in San Francisco, where she was raised since she was a young girl by her grandfather after her mother drown while surfing.

Mabel's long-anticipated visit reveals the heightened awkwardness between the two friends as they dance around addressing their growing closeness of the previous summer, when they started to become more than friends.

The author gradually exposes how Marin left San Francisco, why she's spending the winter break alone, how everything changed between Mabel and herself, and the role of her grandfather and lack of her mother in her life.

Nina LaCour's poetic writing hits you deep inside and tears are inevitable -- at least I was powerless to stop from crying. I ended up staying up past 1 a.m. to finish We Are Okay, and then found my mind wide awake thinking about the story and characters. I also loved the cover and jacket artwork -- they perfectly illustrate Marin's loneliness and isolation in this book.

If you like realistic stories about teens getting through life day by day, try:
Cover of The Education of Margot Sanchez The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family's South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.
Cover of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn't mean about who he is.
Cover of The Hate U Give The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
If you enjoy science fiction books with aliens, you might like:
Cover of Exo Exo by Fonda Lee
For a century now, Earth has been a peaceful colony of an alien race, and Donovan Reyes is a loyal member of the security forces, while his father is the Prime Liaison. When a routine search and seizure goes bad Donovan finds himself a captive of a human revolutionary group. The members of Sapience are terrorists who seem to prefer war to alien rule, and killing Donovan just might be the incident they are looking for.
If you like adventure stories and sword-fights, try:
Cover of Daughter of the Pirate King Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
When her father, the ruthless pirate king, discovers that a legendary treasure map can be found on an enemy ship, his daughter Alosa knows there's only one pirate for the job--herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her welcome on the ship.
If you like mysteries, historical fiction set in the 1970s, or books told from multiple perspectives, try:
Cover of Who Killed Christopher Goodman? Who Killed Christopher Goodman?: Based on a True Crime by Allan Wolf
Everybody likes Chris Goodman, but when he's found dead no one understands how something like this could happen.