We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes

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 her?

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?

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary

Review:  We Are Not Okay deals with tough subject, ones that are important and making noise all around us at the moment. Consent, slut-shaming, bullying – just for a start.

Lucy, Ulana, Sophie and Trina all go to the same school. They all know each other, and while some are friends (Like Ulana and Sophie) others hate or ignore each other. Over the course of the book their individual stories bring them together. Each girl tells her story in individual chapters, Trina’s in narrated in the form of a diary while the rest are first person. I likes the format as this gives the opportunity to get to know the girls, though the voices at times blended a bit.

The concept behind We Are Not Okay is excellent. I think this is a book that works brilliant in a discussion group, such as book-clubs or a classroom because there is so much to unpack.

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