Nina LaCour delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Printz Award-winning We Are Okay.
Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.
But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.
Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Watch Over Me is another stunner from Printz Award-Winning author Nina LaCour, whose empathetic, lyrical prose is at the heart of this modern ghost story of resilience and rebirth.
Prior to reading this, I had no experience with Nina Lacour’s books/writing and was pleasantly surprised to find how invested I was from the very first page. Hauntingly beautiful and powerful, Watch Over Me tells the struggle of grief and loneliness and the ability to overcome them through the metaphorical (but in this case real) sense of overcoming the ghosts of our pasts.
Poignant and raw, Watch Over Me is both moving and inspiring and one that will leave you with the bitter taste of acceptance but also hope. Hope to remember and forgive, accept and move past the pains of our past. It was incredibly atmospheric and one I absolutely enjoyed.