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review 2017-07-03 02:16
Opening line: I just moved. Not from one town to another, but from one end of the couch to the other end.
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt



Book Title:   Underwater

Author:  Marisa Reichardt

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Pacific Palms, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)





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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel  --Obviously, this song goes with the cover and title of the book, but it also has lyrics that really embody this story.

I think I'm drowning

Can someone lend a hand?

Can someone save me?

'Cause I don't think I can♫



4.7/5 STARS




My Thoughts



That's what Morgan has written down and hung on her wall, right where she can see it, in case of an emergency.  

Anxiety is it's own kind of monster…one that brings you down and doesn't let you up.  The only way to conquer it…well…facing it, and staring it down on your terms, at your own pace, no matter how hard it is.  Also, I have to say that sometimes having a little help in the form of an understanding and guiding professional can help too.  For this story; that's Brenda, and she rocks.  This book, for me, portrays anxiety in a very honest style.  With a real, heartfelt story, genuine characters, and a easily imagined (despite not wanting to imagine it) storyline, this book really resonated with me.  I actually have found myself really clicking with the realistic fiction genre, lately.




Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.7/5


Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah.


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text 2017-06-30 20:07
June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  






This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane.  But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling.  The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with.  :(


Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.  


(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Finish Date:  06/06/17

5 Stars


(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars


(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars


(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars


(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars


(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars


(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars


(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars


(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars


9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.









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review 2016-02-14 12:15
Underwater: A Novel - Marisa Reichardt

This, this was just amazing. What a ride this book was! I loved every moment of it. Highly recommended.

Another one of my most anticipated reads, and another book that I loved to bits. A book that moved me, a book that made me cheer so hard for the MC, a book filled with tears, hope, loss, family problems.


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review 2015-12-18 14:12
Review: Underwater
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
I received a copy from Netgalley.

The premise of this novel was what caught my attention about it. It tells the story of Morgan Grant, a teen who survived a terrible incident which lead to a dramatic change in her life. As a result Morgan has become agoraphobic, completely unable to leave the apartment she lives in with her mom and younger brother. To make things worse, there's drama involving her absentee dad, a solider with really bad PTSD who has returned from Afghanistan and completely checked out from the family.

Morgan is struggling to move on and has pushed away everyone around her. Morgan knows she needs help and is actually getting help in the form of therapist Brenda who comes to the house and talks through Morgan's problems. Morgan accepts the help and even though she can get grouchy, she does listen to the advice she's given. New boy Evan moves in next door and starts talking to Morgan. At first she's kind of obnoxious, Evan has a normal life, he's nice, he's a surfer, he goes out doors. Morgan used to be on the swim team. and liked outdoors stuff too.

But due to her issues and as the novel progresses the problems with her dad, she just can't get her head around the idea of going outside again. Evan doesn't give up though, he become's Morgan's friend and helps her open her mind to the possibilities that not everyone will hate her because she shut herself off from a world that terrifies her. It's not all smooth sailing, they have their problems.

Morgan has a very supportive mom and an adorable little brother Ben, both of whom she is very close with. Morgan's mom is involved in Morgan's recovery and they both help Ben with school and activities. Even though Mom has her own problems with the Dad and his own falling apart. It's very moving how they all manage to come together.

It takes a lot of work for Morgan to realise that even though something bad happened to her, she's not the only one it happened to. Other people are suffering too. Her character growth is pretty damn incredible throughout the novel and she shows remarkable understanding by the end. Its beautifully written, and very deep and poignant.

Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for approving my request to view the title.


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