Review: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt


underwater Morgan wasn’t always this way.

Morgan used to be tan, and in shape, and popular. She used to swim on her school’s swim team and spend weekends at parties with friends. She thrived in the water and she thrived in the sun.

Now Morgan refuses to leave the small California apartment she shares with her mother and younger brother. She spends most of her time on the couch. She finds comfort in grilled cheese and tomato soup. She takes high school classes online. She needs to see a therapist, but she won’t leave the safety of her living room; her appointments take place there instead of in an office.

When a new boy moves next door, Morgan longs to step back into the sunlight, but she knows the path back to “normalcy” will be painful, if it’s possible at all.

I haven’t seen post-traumatic stress disorder addressed in a lot of…

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