Underwater (Hardcover)

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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.

— From Underwater by Marisa Reichardt


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

Marisa Reichardt lives in Southern California with her family.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374368869
ISBN-10: 0374368864
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English