Friday, 8 April 2016

Review - Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Title: Underwater
Author: Marisa Reichardt
Pages: 288
Publisher: Macmillan Children's UK
Release date: 7th April 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

    1. Breathe

2. You are OK

3. You are not dying

What happened that day can't be changed; can't be unseen. But Morgan survived, and now she needs to find a way to move on – and forgive the unforgivable.

But Morgan can't forgive, and she can't move on. She can't even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and her little brother. She feels like she's underwater, unable to surface.

Just 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 what it feels like to be alive. But can he help her find the strength to face the future?...

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

 3/5 stars

Ever since a shooting at her high school, Morgan hasn't left her home. She goes to school online, has panic attacks and sees a psychologist.
When Evan moves next door he reminds Morgan of the things she misses and makes her want to be normal.
Can Morgan overcome her fears?
Can she forgive the past?

Underwater was an intriguing read.
Morgan was a likeable protagonist and I felt really sorry for her - she blamed herself for what had happened and, as well as seeing the horror of a shooting, also had a father who had been affected by fighting in the war and refused to get help.
I liked Evan and thought he was sweet and very patient with Morgan.
My favourite character was Ben, Morgan's little brother. He was so cute and I loved the scenes where he and Morgan interacted.
The plot was good and I enjoyed reading as Morgan made progress.
I liked the writing style but I wasn't gripped.
While I liked Morgan I felt that I didn't really connect with her.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.