Underwater by Marisa Reichardt is a beautifully written novel that tackles PTSD which affects so many. I have related to main characters before but none as strongly as Underwater’s main character. This book gave me all the feels and made me teary eyed several times. I hold Underwater near and dear to my heart and it is my first must read debut of 2016.
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.
But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.
When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.
Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.
About The Author
My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and Macmillan Children’s UK.
I love all books and all genres. While I do keep track of all the books I’ve read here, I generally don’t do ratings or reviews.
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