Underwater by Marisa Reichardt


“Forgiving you will allow me to forgive myself.”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...

Details Underwater

Release DateJan 12th, 2016
PublisherFarrar, Straus, & Giroux
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Health

Reviews Underwater

  • Brooks Benjamin
    I talk about voice a lot. I tell students and aspiring writers that making theirs unique and personal to them is absolutely essential. I tell myself that I have to keep pushing to improve the one I've already developed in my own stories.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 mil...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 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...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    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 address...
  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    '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 ou...
  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    1. Breathe2. 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 esca...
  • Sarah
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.) “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 ...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of this book!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 g...
  • Milka
    Oh man, this is one of those books that's really hard to review for two reasons. One, I did not want to give away any of the mystery of the book and thus spoil it for someone. Two, I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVED IT AND WRITING REVIEWS FOR BOOKS THAT I JUST WANT TO SHOUT LOVING THINGS ABOUT IT DIFFICULT. 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 ...
  • S.M. Parker
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on this stunning debut and I cannot say enough about the power of this novel. The MC deals with anxiety and PTSD and this trauma-induced illness forces her to shut herself inside a small California apartment. But there is nothing gloomy about this novel. Morgan, our heroic MC, has so much depth and competence throughout her story and remains connected to the deepest love for her little brother and mother. The li...
  • Janet
    LYRICAL, SPARE, AND RICH, all at the same time. 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 i...
  • Marci Curtis
    I AM SO BLOWN AWAY.I don't even know where to start....Okay, this. THIS: read this book. It's so beautifully written and so relevant and so important right now.JUST READ IT, M'KAY??!
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    3.5This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight 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...
  • Laurie Flynn
    UNDERWATER is the story of Morgan, a high school student who hasn't forgiven herself for the role she thinks she played in a horrible tragedy. Morgan literally can't move on—she is confined to her apartment, too afraid to venture beyond the front door. She takes online courses and has lost touch with her former friends. She has stopped swimming, which used to be her passion. But when newcomer Evan moves in next door and reminds Morgan of everyt...
  • Kels
    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.Mari...
  • Peach
    Magic. Absolute magic.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?YESSSSSS. YESSSSSS. 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 frien...
  • Kaitlin
    *I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.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 fo...
  • Michelle Andreani
    I will be totally honest: I read this a few weeks ago, but I've been too intimidated to review it. That's how deeply I felt it, how special and important I believe this book is. 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...
  • Shea Olsen
    READ THIS BOOK!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!
  • Colette
    One of my favorite YA contemporaries EVER! This emotionally gripping story has readers laughing one second and in tears the next. Fans of John Green books should definitely pick up Underwater! Watch out YA Fiction world, Underwater is going to capture readers of all ages and become a best-seller in minutes! Overall 5/5 stars; if this book isn't already on your to-read list, add it ASAP!
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    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 meet...
  • Julie Eshbaugh
    UNDERWATER is about the process of healing, and the powerful way our connectedness can influence that process. The central story is about a girl recovering from a terrible trauma, but there are so many other stories here, too, and they all weave together so beautifully. That's the way this book felt to me... woven like a tapestry, with relationships binding everything together. There were scenes that felt like snapshots--vivid and alive like snap...
  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    3 starsDisclaimer: 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 ...
  • Lois Sepahban
    I was lucky to read an advanced copy of UNDERWATER. 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.
  • Ashley Blake
    This book radiates a quiet strength. Completely lovely and redemptive and hopeful and Morgan Grant is a total badass.
  • Asghar Abbas
    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.But.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 beau...
  • Laura
    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 ...
  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    Underwater is the story of Morgan, a seventeen year old girl suffering from PTSD and anxiety after surviving a tragedy at her high school. All the other survivors seem to be getting their lives back together, but Morgan can’t seem to move on. She spends her days cooped up in the apartment she shares with her mum and brother until some new neighbours move in next door who might just give her the push she needs to reconnect with the outside world...
  • Kali Wallace
    Marisa Reichardt's UNDERWATER is a truly lovely book. It's the story of Morgan, a teenage girl who becomes agoraphobic due to PTSD in the aftermath a school shooting, and her journey toward healing. Morgan is a wonderful character, believable and sympathetic, and she is surrounded by characters who all feel every bit as real: her mother and adorable little brother, the cute new neighbor, her wonderful therapist, and more. I especially appreciated...
  • Alaina Meserole
    Underwater was an okay book. It didn't really make an impression on me and if I wasn't catching up on reviews today.. well, I probably would've scrolled right past this and kept on writing.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 a...