Monday, January 11, 2016

Book Review: Underwater

Title Underwater

Author Marisa Reichardt

Release Date January 12, 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.

This was everything I could have wanted.

I loved Morgan. She was a fantastic protagonist. I connected with her and her struggles because I've dealt with panic attacks and fear of just about everything. I think she was so well written, though, that even if you hadn't been through similar things, you'd still be able to connect to her and feel for her.

I'll admit that I found myself slightly frustrated at not knowing what happened in the beginning. There's just enough build up before you find out what happened and Morgan's role. If you can (please try!), go into this blind. Don't seek out spoilers (I almost did). Just let it come to you when the time is right.

Underwater was a great read. Wonderfully realistic characters that you can form attachments to, a well-written and emotional story, and an overall message of hope.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

1 comment:

  1. Ooh. This sounds really good. I love a book that holds back and unfolds in such a way. This is the first review that I have read for this book. Much appreciated.


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