A Haunting, Atmospheric Exploration of Grief and Guilt | Review: Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

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Nina LaCour is one of those authors who writes such lyrical stories, she continues to outdo herself in the best ways possible. Naturally, Watch Over Me was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and it definitely lived up to the hype! (Well, the hype I gave it.) 

Watch Over Me
by Nina LaCour 

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.

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
Rating: ★★★★★

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. 

Nina LaCour is truly one of my favourite authors of all time. With every novel, the more she solidifies her place as such. Watch Over Me is the perfect example of that--and one of her best, most unforgettable releases to date. Due to how enchanting and intriguing it is, it is safe to say this book is unlike anything I've read this year.

Watch Over Me takes on a life of its own as we get lost in its lyrical prose. LaCour takes readers on an emotionally complex journey of confronting our pasts and the many things that haunt us. It embraces readers with its tone and keeps us firmly in place. As always, her writing comes across as honest and charismatic in a way that establishes intimacy between the story and its readers. 

This is exactly the kind of ghost story readers should be reaching for. At its best moments, Watch Over Me is achingly poignant and emotional. LaCour takes us on a journey that proves to be impossible to put down.

Although the novel itself is incredibly short, there's no shortage of impactful moments that prove to be both memorable and easy to connect with. Watch Over Me is full of the ghostly complexities that is life, urging us to confront the past as it was so we can find our futures. 

LaCour takes us to new heights and moves us with this story of grief, found-families, and ultimately leaves us with a sense of hope. Watch Over Me is truly a standout in her backlist.

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