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. Una ...more
Because voice...it's the blanket we build that the reader wraps themselves in while they read our work.
The voice can be warm and fuzzy.
It can be heavy and soft.
It can be prickly and slightly itchy.
It can be a million different sensations.
One thing I've never eve ...more
On October 15th Morgan’s life changed forever. What she thought was a random act of kindness ended up being anything but and Morgan can’t live with the aftermath . . .
“Why can’t I be happy to be alive instead of afraid of living.”
Now Morgan lives behind the walls of her family’s apartment - never stepping even one foot outside . . .
“Nothing will ever hurt me if I don’t cross the threshold.”
Some days Morgan doesn’t even feel safe ...more
'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 ...more
It makes me sad to have to say this but nowadays, a book with a major character dealing with the aftermaths of a high school shooting is a very necessary read and Underwater is that exact book. I wish our society didn’t need this. Parents shouldn’t have to fear for their children every time they went to school but every day, they worry and it breaks my heart to think of how we have to live this way. I know the root cause hasn’t been addressed yet especially in the U.S and I’m not sure if it ever ...more
2. You are okay.
3. You are not dying.
Probably my newest and most shocking addiction, book genre wise, is realistic fiction. It might be a surprise to some people who don’t know how neurotic I am (cough, everyone knows, cough) that there was a time before GR (B.GR.) I didn’t like books that made me feel too heavy or weighed down. I still, admittedly, don’t like to feel depressed while reading because it is supposed to be an escape, but my views have changed almost completely-Readin ...more
“I wish you thought about me more than a little,” he says. “I think about you more than a little.”
This was an interesting story about a girl dealing with PTSD after an event at her high school.
I felt quite sorry for Morgan in this story, as what had happened wasn’t her fault, but she felt guilty anyway for what she felt was her part in the incident. It seemed quite obvio ...more
I loved this book because I could relate so much to the main character, not the traumatic experience, but the anxiety and agoraphobia that she developed. So many things had me nodding my head in agreement. I loved the cute little romance that happened throughout and how supportive they both were and they were just so good for each other BUT he was only really supportive and good for her towards the end. It took him a while t ...more
I want to start by suggesting that you ADD THIS TO YOUR GOODREADS RIGHT NOW, PREORDER IT AND THEN START TO COUNT DAYS FOR JANUARY 12TH BECAUSE WITH THIS BOOK, YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT.
I had heard goo ...more
Debut author Marisa Reichardt has written a beautiful, honest, heart-ripping novel.
It's been a long time since I a book pulled me back into what it truly feels like to be sixteen. This novel did that.
It would've been easy for an author to allow Morgan--the main character--to wander into pathetic territory, after what all she's been through. But with Reichardt's deft handling, watching Morgan brave it out as she overcomes obstacles and finds her way ...more
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Is it weird that I connected to Morgan first as a swimmer? I mean, I was hooked from that point on, because swimming. Not that it was what the book was about, but apparently I feel camaraderie with all swimmers, even fictional ones. And then you add in the (what I assume would be classified as) agoraphobia she's suffering from due to trauma, and yeah, sold.
There are two things about this book that I loved best: Morgan's journey, and...more
Why can't I be happy to be alive instead of afraid of living?
If you're in between books or looking for your next great read, I highly suggest picking this novel up. I've been in such a massive reading slump lately, but this book shook me right out of it. It managed to hold my attention from start to finish, and quite honestly for a debut novel to tackle such heavy and important topics, Underwater completely took me by surprise and stunned me.
Marisa Reichardt's writing is artfully balanced. Her p ...more
I feel like my review won't do this masterpiece justice. Maybe that's why I've taken so long to finally do so. I am so fond of the cover and the UK version, too. Have you seen it? Have you?
I could brag about the covers of 2016 YA for hours, believe me. But before this becomes a giant discussion post, instead, let's fangirl over Underwater.
Morgan has it good. She's surrounded by a lovely troupe of friends and takes great joy in swimming. But after play ...more
Underwater was simply beautiful, though I can't place my finger on exactly why it is. The rhythm of the writing was wonderful (there were a lot of short sentences as paragraphs that worked with story and made it even better). The writing pulled at me, evoked a response. It was just . . . pretty. The story itself is wonderful too. It's about bravery and living and caring for others. It leaves an impact.
I could hear Morgan' ...more
All of Morgan's setbacks and triumphs dug so far into my heart; it was incredibly hard to let go of this story at the end. You know when you just want good things for someone? That's what I felt for Morgan and Ben and Evan and everyone in this book. And Marisa Reichardt's words are written with such a quiet and lyrical c ...more
This book is poetry and laughter and stunning, lyrical truths. I didn't want to leave Morgan's world when I finished this book. I felt so attached to her that I didn't want to let her go.
Marisa Reichardt has written a powerful and moving story that stirs in my thoughts even now, weeks after I finished it.
You won't be able to put this book down, so carve out several days of your life to dedicate to UNDERWATER, you won't regret it!
Underwater, Marisa Reichardt’s wonderful debut, is a book about the debilitating depths of fear and the stunning power of courageous hope. It begs to be read in one sitting and commands to be felt deeply. Underwater is a story about Morgan, a 16-year-old girl suffering from agoraphobia after a traumatic event. Morgan hasn’t left the house in months – she attends school online, has her own little rituals while her family is away and she meets her pro bono therapist in her own living room. Even th ...more
Disclaimer: these three star reviews are so pesky, because I think readers (including myself) automatically associate them with negativity. That's really not the case for me! Three stars is a generally positive rating, but it can also mean a lot of different things. It's a book that's good but not special. It's a book that I'm glad I read but probably won't re-read. It's a book that did not meet the high expectations I set for it, despite being an overall enjoyable read. Or, as is the cas ...more
I love all of the characters--Morgan, Evan, Ben, Brenda, Taylor. Each has a unique story in this novel and the way their stories are woven together makes for a beautiful novel.
Under the water, you can't breathe you can't breathe. So says Aurora. Though I may catch flak from the Creature from the North herself for quoting her whilst listening to Warpaint's new album Heads up.
Under the water, you can't breathe you can't breathe.
This is a story about a girl who breathes under water. It's the only place she feels safe, in fact it is the only place she can breathe, you see?
It's strange, as it often is with strange beauty and stranger things. It is odd, I have been goi ...more
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt surprised me.
I’ve been in a MAJOR book slump these past couple of weeks. I kept falling out of books around the 50 page mark or less. Now let me take a minute to say that I don’t consider the books that I left unfinished bad books. I will likely try them again in the future. These slumps are all me. That said though—I do consider the book that eventually puts the kibosh on my slump extraordinary. It has to be to break through all the static interfering with my conc ...more
I have to say, I really loved this book. It drew me ...more
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I'm very choosy about contemporary reads. I tend to gravitate towards the lig ...more
Morgan was an okay character. I don't really have anything positive or negative to say about her. Other than the fact that I felt bad for her throughout the book. Yet, she wasn't my favorite or really memorable to me. I did, however, like Evan's character but again, this book was just meh to me.
Speaking of th ...more
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