Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Reviewed by: 
Kari
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780374368869
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - January 12th, 2016

There was a shooting at Morgan's high school last year, and she's not handling it well. Months later, she's attending online classes and physically cannot leave her family's apartment - but she's working on it. Between twice-weekly house calls with her therapist and an intriguing new neighbor, Morgan starts to make progress with her PTSD.

This inspiring debut novel manages to be both uplifting and realistic at the same time, avoiding a sugar-coated over-simplification of a truly complex condition. Morgan is also dealing with her estranged father’s struggle with his own PTSD, a souvenir from his active duty in Afghanistan, driving home the point that the struggle is real and the work is hard. But no matter how difficult it may be, the work truly is always worth doing.