Marisa Reichardt

Expected publication: January 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

YA > Contemporary | Romance

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4 ★★★★



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.



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‘It turned out I wasn’t dying on the outside. I was only dying on the inside, where nobody could see.’


Wow. Underwater stunned me! This is the first 2016 book that I read for this year and boy what a good choice! This debut novel deserves to be in your to read list people, but don’t make it stay there for too long. In fact, after reading my review, I highly suggest that you pick this book up immediately and get to reading. 

Morgan doesn’t go outside anymore. She study online, she meets with her therapist at her house and she only talks with her mother and her brother. Any other interaction besides that gets her nervous and gives her panic attack. There’s a reason behind why Morgan turned out to be this way. You see, she is not used to be like that. But an incident that she witnessed changed everything.

There’s a lot to be praised about Underwater but I’ll start with the author’s vivid and lyrical writing. It’s impossible to read this book without the words tugging your heartstrings. Every emotion that Morgan feels are easily rolling off through the pages and you can’t help but feel with her. Her sadness, anxiety, excitement and of course even her joy. Throughout the whole book I feel like Morgan was just a close friend, and she’s telling me her story. And I’m savoring each word.

We can all agree that the plot has been done before. I have read some already. In fact, the concept is not at all new. And like I say everytime, I admire the authors who writes realistic fictions such as this. But what makes Underwater stands out? Underwater doesn’t shy away with every issue that a person like Morgan encounters. This novel is raw and real. Every character is alive and will affects you in their own ways. But the most important thing that Underwater have is that it makes you aware. It makes you think! What if you’re in the position of Morgans mother? What if you have a friend just like Morgan? What if you’re in Morgan’s shoes?

There was a romance aspect in this novel as well but its not really the main point of the story. The guy didn’t save Morgan, she saved herself. She didn’t save herself for the guy either. She did it for herself. And that’s what’s important to me.

A powerful and mesmerizing novel. That’s what Underwater is. There are A LOT of books coming out this year and I’m sure your TBR is already stuffed. But this book is not something you want to miss. Underwater is important, real and provocative. I can’t wait to hear more of Marisa Reichardts contribution in the YA table. 






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I’m a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean. 

My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 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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