Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Okay Paperback – October 24, 2008
About the Author
More About the Author
At the age of fourteen, "I even took time to bind my first books - murder mysteries, if you'd believe it- with glue and construction paper. I was so proud to see my books like 'real books.' Even now that I have six published books under my belt, nothing will ever top the feeling when I held my first 'bound' book in my hands. It was called: This is Now. It was a little misshapen and sticky... but it was mine."
Her first work was originally written as a screenplay, but was converted to novel format in 2008 for her book titled "Okay."
Her most notable work is the novel "Wretched (this is my sorry)" about a young woman struggling to control her diabetes, while juggling love and family relationships. A follow up to that fictional story is her very personal poetry compilation "Deathly Sweet: a type 1 collection."
Katherine Marple is the author of the widely received "To Love a Diabetic" poem and has a wide fanbase in the diabetic community, known for speaking about life with diabetes in its honest and gory details.
Katherine Marple resides in Connecticut. She travels between New York City and Boston frequently "for the love of the cities, the bustle, the people, and the magnificence of all those buildings!"
She gave birth to two beautiful little girls and wrote about her difficult pregnancies in articles for Diabetes Health magazine. She is active in the race to cure type 1 diabetes and was featured in No Sugar Added Poetry by Diabetes Hands Foundation.
She has many interests, though "I wouldn't call them 'talents.'" She enjoys serenading (badly) on her violin, attending photo shoots for modeling, singing heavy metal, fundraising for the cure of Type 1 Diabetes, writing medical magazine articles from personal experience, pretending she's fashionable, and (of course) writing many many different versions of her stories until the "voices quiet down. That's when I know I've got it right... I'm not crazy, I promise."
But, mostly, if you're looking for Ms Marple, you would find her sitting outside while reading a book or playing with her two kids. "As geeky as that may make me sound, I thoroughly enjoy my life. This is what I've worked so hard for."
You may contact Katherine Marple at her website: www.KatherineMarple.com
She loves to hear from her fans and will respond personally.
Top Customer Reviews
In "Okay," we have the story of a teenage runaway who leaves home with her friend London because of an abusive father. Marple's writing has an immediacy and attention to detail that makes this girl, and the world she lives in, feel authentic. Marple knows her character well, and even if I want to grab this girl when she's making one of her several stupid decisions and shake her and shout in her face, "THINK about what you're doing," it feels real. Marple keeps me reading, hoping things will turn out... Okay.
It's a very vivid and realistic story of a teenage girl's inner struggle to deal with the past and hope for her future. The dynamic she experienced with London was deeper than friendship and romance. It was true love.
In Katherine Marple's novel, Okay, the sixteen-year-old unnamed female protagonist makes choices which swiftly alter the course of her life, and takes her best friend, and protector, London with her. After setting up the pair as best friends, living in the same neighborhood, in the same style homes, the differences are revealed. London has a loving, supportive family to come home to, while the protagonist fears her alcoholic, abusive father. Coming home late from a graduation party with London, the protagonist attempts to sneak into the house avoiding her father's wrath, unsuccessfully. When he has beaten and choked her, and threatened her with more abuse and potential rape, the protagonist runs to her best friend to enlist his help.
"Please," I begged. "Let's go now."
He solemnly nodded his head, stroked my hair, and whispered, "Okay."
Having convinced London to abandon his loving home, his college career, and essentially his future to run away with her, the protagonist wastes no time in making bad decision after bad decision along the way. Drugs, alcohol, and sex with relative strangers, and all the while London is there to pick up the pieces. The protagonist is on a roller coaster of emotion from the freedom of living a life she has never known before to the despair over some of the choices she has made.Read more ›
Okay is one of the most poignant novels that I have ever read. It is heartbreaking, sweet, bitter. However, it is also very frustrating. I really wanted to love our main character, but for some reason I had a hard time connecting with her. I am not sure if this is due to the situation that she is in, or more than likely, due some of the decisions that she made. For example, one of the hardest issues to read about was her drug usage. And to be honest, I seriously considered quitting the novel after reading that scene since I expected more from this lead character than that. However, her redeeming feature was London. He is everything that a knight in shining armor should be. And he is the ying to her yang.
All in all, this is a beautiful novel. It is a page turner that forces its reader to look into a situation that normally that they would not experience. Marple deals wonderfully with the issue of abuse and alcoholism. It amazes me to think that she wrote this book originally when she was 15. The depth and insight that she possesses as a writer is astounding. This book may not be for everyone; however, I think that it is definitely worth a try.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved it, loved it, good reading, loved the poetry, could really relate and loved thy message. okay. great book.wonderfully writtenPublished on May 6, 2013 by darlene gleason
Katherine Marple does a wonderful job of crafting believable and complex characters that are easy to empathize with. I found this to be the strongest feature of the book. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Nick
Katherine Marple's novel, actually, more of a novella, was one of the best things I have read from a relatively new published writer in recent memory. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by A.E. Campbell
This is a book about identity, a girl who seems to rebel against being defined by the things that happen to her rather than who she really is-which, she sets out to find out. Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Jen Knox
She was planning on biding her time until graduation. She endured her father's demeaning talk and physical cruelty, wishing for the day to come when she could leave and never look... Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by TeensReadToo
Katherine does an excellent job of making me feel the characters angst, stress and sorrows of the real life situation that she is in. Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by L. M. Peltier
First of all let me say that I am not a fan of this genre. I have had a few attempts at other similar books suggested by others and it always felt like a massive waste of my... Read morePublished on July 2, 2009 by Paul
I truely cannot believe this came from the heart and soul of a fifteen year old girl with little life experiences. Every page turned easily, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Ellen Sherman
I loved this book. The first book from her i have read..and am looking forward to reading another..Im hoping one day soon to get her books on my kindle.. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Amanda