Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me

Book - 2020
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A newly graduated Mila emerges from foster care to accept a job on an isolated Northern California Coast farm where she confronts haunting memories and the traumas of her fellow residents.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton Books,, 2020.
ISBN: 9780593108970
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION LaCour Nina 09/2020
Characteristics: 261 pages ;,21 cm


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A newly graduated Mila emerges from foster care to accept a job on an isolated Northern California Coast farm where she confronts haunting memories and the traumas of her fellow residents.

A newly graduated Mila emerges from foster care to accept a job on an isolated Northern California Coast farm where she confronts haunting memories and the traumas of her fellow residents.

I don't know about you, but my attention span is shortened. This modern ghost story's a shorter read- Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour is for you if you obsessively follow therapists on Instagram, and just need to just calm down and breathe. Mila has aged out of the foster care system and must encoun... Read More »

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Feb 05, 2021

First off I definitely would not classify this book as a "Teen" novel. I felt like this book was a little more mature in content and I personally would want to classify it as an "Adult" novel. There was some sexual content and I want to say there should be a TRIGGER WARNING for mental/physical abuse. This book wasn't overly Adult, but its definitely not for a younger teen reader. Anyway I ended up really loving this novel, although if I'm being honest it is not AT ALL what I expected. I personally thought that this was going to be a great paranormal/ Halloween themed read, but the summary is so far off from what this novel really is about! First off all the Ghosts in this novel were actually metaphors for the ghosts in the characters pasts, and the characters past traumas, etc. Which I feel so lied to, because this book starts off so eerie and chilling, a perfect set up for a spooky paranormal read, but it wasn't even like that...RUDE! Although it took me a long time to figure out this was a metaphor... so I thought the main characters were actually being haunted! In this novel a bunch of kids end up getting adopted by this family who lives on a farm out in the middle of no where. Every child adopted has been through some serious trauma in their lives and have been taken away from their "biological parents." They have all ended up on this farm creating a rather interesting family. Each child has a "ghost" who haunts them. It was a very interesting preface for a novel and I found myself very intrigued by the characters and their pasts. I really liked this novel too, because it wasn't just surface level and made me think a little more in depth about the plot line, but I do wish we had gotten to know the other characters in this novel just a little bit better. We really only got to learn about Mila and how she ended up on this farm and I was very intrigued by the other characters, so I really felt like that was the only thing this novel was lacking. It was a really good read.

SAPL_Teens Jan 19, 2021

WOW! I read this book in two sittings and all I can say is "WOW!" Mila comes from a troubled background but we don't really know why right at the beginning. She goes away to this beautiful farm in California that's a safe haven for foster kids... and ghosts. It's a bit confusing at first, but she accepts that things are different here. It's hard to explain, but Mila's journey is painful, but healing at the same time. There are some amazing mystery elements in this book and the ghosts spooked me out, but kept me interested the whole time. Nina Lacour touches on some difficult topics with a lot of care. I believe that older teens would like this book, but really, it's an amazing piece of literature and will be loved by any reader, no matter what their age is. 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

This was beautiful in the way all of Nina's books are, and I devoured it in a day, but it didn't hit me emotionally quite as much as I thought it might. It's still lyrical and lovely and sad, but it didn't make me cry this time.

Mila has a tragic past, and though she wants to be alone, she's lonely. She says yes to an opportunity to live on a farm, working in a schoolhouse where other foster children are educated, working at a farmers' market on the weekend with other interns, and learning to live on her own. But the farm is full of secrets, and ghosts of the past are never far away. Mila will have to learn how to accept her past in order to move on into her uncertain future.

Nina Lacour truly is the queen of sad girls. Mila is such a wonderfully complex character, broken yet still open, and it's so refreshing to read from her perspective. She just tries, so fricken hard every step of the way. Her journey is painful, yes, but also full of love and light. The way she develops relationships with the people on the farm, and the way those characters are developed in turn, are realistic and emotional.

The story here has a real element of the supernatural that I wasn't expecting. The ghosts of the farm are as real as Mila and Liz and Lee, and the way that they affect the farms' inhabitants became clear almost immediately for me. That lack of mystery did affect my overall experience, I think; if I had that "aha" moment when Mila did, I think I would've *felt* it all a little bit more.

I really enjoyed the overall story of this one. It's about forgiving yourself, learning to live with grief after trauma, and finding hope and light after the darkness. It was hard to put down, and I will be back for anything Nina writes in the future.

Nov 16, 2020

I loved this book so much. I always love reading a new Nina LaCour novel because I love spending time in her worlds, with her characters. This book is about loneliness and ghosts, but also so much more than that. Mila is such a gem of a character, as she can see ghosts and interact with them. She's very mindful and subtle, and I loved being in her head, especially because at times I could relate to how she was feeling. While this doesn't beat some of her other books for me, I still adored it and I hope others check it out.

Sep 15, 2020

Watch Over Me is an unusual book. Mila is eighteen and has aged out of the foster care system. She is traumatized, lonely, broken and ravaged by grief and guilt. She takes a job teaching at an isolated self-sustaining farm on the Northern California coast. The couple at The Farm have many adopted foster children and three interns. All have experienced trauma. They farm flowers, fruits and vegetables and everyone pitches in. The Farm is haunted by ghosts who come out at night. Everyone seems to accept the presence of the ghosts. The significance of the ghosts is revealed by the end of the story. The story is a slow build, quiet, well written and alternates between Mila's past and present. The setting is eerie and atmospheric. This book is haunting and healing. It is one of those stories that will stay with you.


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I'm learning that it's good to think about what scares you. To bring it into the light. Even to hold it in your hands, if you can, and feel how it can't hurt you anymore. To think of it and say, "I am not afraid."


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