Synopsis from Goodreads
A powerful novel about what happens when girls are silenced.
If only they could have spoken out.
Lucy thinks she’s better than the other girls.
Maybe if she’s pointing fingers at everyone else, no one will see the secret she’s hiding.
Ulana comes from a conservative Muslim family where reputation is everything. One rumour – true or false – can destroy futures.
Trina likes to party. She’s kissed a lot of boys. She’s even shown her red bra to one. But she didn’t consent to that
night at Lucy’s party. So why doesn’t anyone believe
Sophia loved her boyfriend. She did anything for him, even send him photos of herself. So why is she the one being pointed at in the hallways, laughed at, spat at when it was him who betrayed her trust?
We Are definitely Not Okay, especially with everything that is going on right now in the world. Us women are definitely not okay.
In We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes, we are told the story of 4 different girls from their own perspectives. How we judge each other without knowing what is really going on and how we should definitely stick together instead of attacking each other, as to be fair men/boys already do enough of that to us. And yes #NotAllMen but that’s not really the point here.
At first, I wasn’t sure of what to think of the book, because tend to be quite weary about books that depict girls against each other. However, Gomes still wrote a very accurate representation, or in this case 4 different but very realistic portraits of what is to grow up as a young girl. The thing is that as much as I want to read books about girls empowering each other we aren’t always like that.
You will have to give it a read to find out if in the end this girls have some kind of redemption, but I tell you now that is totally worth the read.
I think Gomes wrote very flawed characters which is perhaps why they ended up feeling so realistic. All of the girls had their weaknesses as they had their strengths, but all that they had in common is that one way or another they were being silenced.
It was only when they finally spoke that things begin to make sense. It was only when they spoke that they could see that they aren’t as alone as they think.
We Are Not Okay by Natalia Gomes deals with a lot of current issues that young people go through, and perhaps if one of them reads this book and realises that they are not alone, perhaps will be one more person who won’t be silenced.
We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).
Thanks HQ and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of We Are Not Okay in exchange for my honest review.