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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.
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 the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.
Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
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 obvious that she was suffering once I got into the book, and her limitations because of it was pretty harsh.
The storyline in this was part mystery – over what had actually happened to Morgan at school, and part contemporary romance as Morgan met her new neighbour Evan. This blended quite well and the story flowed nicely, although I did want to find out what had happened a bit quicker than we did.
The ending to this was pretty good, and I was pleased that Morgan was able to make the progress she did.
6.5 out of 10