Saturday, May 07, 2016
Underwater, by Marisa Reichardt
A heartfelt book that sensitively explores trauma, anxiety, and recovery. I liked this better than the other book about a school shooting (This Is Where It Ends) that I finished earlier this week. Neither book explores the shooter's perspective, but I felt that Reichardt did a much better job of exploring what it means to be a survivor, expressing Morgan's fears, guilt, and willpower. Some minor elements (like the subplot about Morgan's estranged Dad and his PTSD) seemed a bit clunky, but the novel got Morgan's journey right and provided a heart warming, but unsentimental, tale of a strong young woman coming back from the brink of madness.