Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Book Review: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Title: Underwater
Author: Marisa Reichardt
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date: 7th April 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
“Forgiving you will allow me to forgive myself.”

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.
My Thoughts
Morgan's life hadn't been the same since October 15th, when her school was attacked by armed person, killing students and teachers. Morgan is trying to recover from this event and get on with her life, but something is holding her back, and she physically can't leave her house. The thought of stepping outside her door brings on panic attacks. Now, her days are spent going to school online, watching TV, and eating the same food for dinner.

Underwater was a book that drew me in for several reasons, not only am I in love with the UK cover, I also needed to know what was going on, what event lead to Morgan unable to leave her house. When I began reading I was drawn into Morgan's mundane life, day after day she does the same thing, her only chance in this monotonous routine is a visit from a therapist who is trying to help Morgan.

Morgan lives with her Mum and younger brother, her Dad not really in the picture. Morgan's Mum does all she can to help her out, and her brother is thankfully too young to really understand what is happening. He is so sweet in how he behaves towards Morgan, he knows she is sick and does his best to make her feel OK. His need to have her at it school performance and not understanding her situation really makes him say the cutest things.
"It's okay if you clap the loudest. I won't be embarrassed. I want you to come."
I liked the addition of Evan, a new neighbour, and how he has a connection with Morgan, but lets her tell her story on her own time. He is supportive and understanding, and may have been an ass at one point or another, but is one of the people who help Morgan when she needs it.

Underwater is a book that draws you in, enables you to become emotionally invested in Morgan and her situation, but also gives you an ending you deserve. Underwater made me really think about Morgan's problem and how hard it can be. It also made me smile and cry.

Final Verdict
Underwater is a book you have to pick up, not only for the gorgeous cover, but also for the story inside.

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