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You Need to Know About YA Author Nina LaCour

One of our most anticipated reads this month is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – a heartbreaking, beautiful book about grief, family and hope. And we’re not alone: early readers say it’s “gut wrenching,” “soul shattering,” and that each of Nina Lacour’s novels are “thought provoking and artistically rich” and that “she writes like no one else in Young Adult does.”

We know exactly what they mean. Nina LaCour novels bring out the feels in a special way. Like, you want to cry a lot but you also feel like life is really, really beautiful and you forgot about it until you read this book. So If you somehow missed Nina’s books until now, read on to find out why readers fell in love with some of our favorites and peek inside each one at the bottom of this post!


First, we fell in love with Hold Still

Hold Still is about starting over after a friend’s suicide and how you can’t always see what the people closest to you are feeling. It’s touching and hopeful and complex and – well, we’ll let the readers tell you what they think:

What readers said:






Then we went on a trip with The Disenchantments

Following a band’s trip playing through the Pacific Northwest on the brink of the rest of their lives, The Disenchantments is a brilliant look at growing up and following your own path.

What readers say:


Artistic, hopeful, and mf-ing relatable. #thedisenchantments #done

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And then we gave our hearts to Everything Leads to You

Emi is a wunderkind young set designer, and Ava is unlike anyone she’s ever met. And when they collide, she’ll expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

What readers said:


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour — *immediately buys every other book written by Nina LaCour*

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And look out for We Are Okay on February 14th!

About We Are Okay: 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.

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Start reading all of these books in the sampler below!



Penguin Teen