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Watch Over Me

Nina LaCour


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A modern ghost story about trauma and survival, Watch Over Me is the much-anticipated new novel from the Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay

★ “Gripping; an emotion-packed must-read.” –Kirkus, starred review
★ “A painfully compelling gem from a masterful creator.” –Booklist, starred review 
★ “Moving, unsettling, and full of atmospheric beauty.” –SLJ, starred review 
Mila is used to being alone.

Maybe that’s why she said yes. Yes to a second chance 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 teaching job and a place to live 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 it’s also haunted by the past. And Mila’s own memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Nina LaCour, the Printz Award–winning author of We Are Okay, delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me about trauma and survival, chosen family and rebirth.

Praise For Watch Over Me

Praise for Watch Over Me
YALSA Best Fiction of the Year
Kirkus Best Books of the Year
New York Public Library Best Books of the Year
Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year
Buzzfeed Best of the Year

★ “The sense of place is strong, and readers will be transported to the rocky, coastal hills shrouded in fog and full of secrets.... Mila’s journey to reclaim herself and find independence is tense and powerful.” —Kirkus, starred review

★ “LaCour presents a ghost story that is moving, unsettling, and full of atmospheric beauty with foggy, coastal air that hangs heavy in the pages.... 100% LaCour at its core.” —SLJ, starred review

★ “LaCour’s portrait of a young woman yearning to belong and facing her past while navigating the liminal space between childhood and adulthood brims with tender moments and sensory details.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“LaCour’s writing is lyrical and atmospheric, both in capturing the natural setting of the story and in exploring the dark recesses of her characters’ grief, guilt, and psychic pain.... An empowering story of one young woman’s quest to rediscover the part of herself she has left behind and to become independent.” —Horn Book

Praise for Printz Award—winning author Nina LaCour

We Are Okay
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Medal
A National Best Seller

A meditation on surviving grief, We Are Okay is short, poetic and gorgeously written. The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.” —The New York Times Book Review

A beautiful, devastating piece of art. Be prepared to be gutted—and grateful. We Are Okay is an extraordinary work by an author who keeps redefining and elevating her genre.” —BookPage

Nina LaCour treats her emotions so beautifully and with such empathy. Of course, we'd expect nothing less from the stunning LaCour.” —Bustle

”Exquisite.Kirkus, starred review

★ ”LaCour paints a captivating depiction of loss, bewilderment, and emotional paralysis . . . raw and beautiful.” —Booklist, starred review

★ ”Beautifully crafted . . . . A quietly moving, potent novel.” —SLJ, starred review

★ ”A moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she’s known has been thrown into disarray.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★”Bittersweet and hopeful . . . poetic and skillfully crafted.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

Hold Still
★ ”An impressive debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“Confident writing and [a] savvy sense of prose.”  —Kirkus

“The book is written with honesty, revealing one's pain after the loss of a loved one.” — SLJ

The Disenchantments
“Quietly compelling . . . well rendered, bittersweet and hopeful.” —The Los Angeles Times

★ “This is about the inside and outside of characters, the past and future of their lives—and it is astonishing.” —Booklist, starred review

★ ”A rich tapestry that will make readers confident that they are in the hands of a master storyteller. Hauntingly beautiful.” —Kirkus, starred review

★”Bittersweet and hopeful . . . poetic and skillfully crafted.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

Everything Leads to You
★ “Underneath the privilege surges real pain, longing, and feeling.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Rocky Pond Books, 9780593108994, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 18, 2022

About the Author

Nina LaCour is the author of the widely acclaimed Hold Still, The Disenchantments, Everything Leads to You, and the Michael L. Printz Award winner We Are Okay. She is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of You Know Me Well. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full-time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in San Francisco, California.

Conversation Starters from

1. The author uses literal ghosts as a metaphor for the characters to confront the darkest parts of their pasts and their selves. Do you think this is an effective metaphor?

2. Why does being on the farm bring up memories Mila had spent years burying?

3. Mila spends most of the book learning to confront her fears. Do you think she succeeds?

4. Mila feels a lot of guilt for leaving Blake in the fire. She spends most of the book thinking she’s a terrible person for her actions. Do you think our actions define us?

5. Mila’s new family on the farm immediately embraces her. However, they do not accept her fully until she confronts her past to feel whole again. Do you think it was fair of them to only welcome her completely once she dealt with her past trauma?

6. Part of the magic of this book comes from the misty atmosphere in the Northern California. It feels as if ghosts really could exist in the world the author creates. Could you see this book also taking place in a different atmosphere? What other settings do you think would work?

7. Early on, Julia asks Mila if she likes the ocean. Julia says some like it because its power and magnificence help drown out certain things. Do you feel that way about the ocean? Is there something else you are drawn to when you are upset?

8. Which character did you connect with the most? Who did you connect with the least? Why?

9. If you could ask any of the characters one question, what would it be?

10. Belonging is one of the core themes throughout this book. How do you think the time Mila spent living with her mom and Blake shaped her desire to belong? Do you understand her jealousy when she sees Liz and Billy’s relationship? When she realizes she is the only one without a piece of gold jewelry? How does her envy tie into ideas of belonging?