Marisa Reichardt (Author)

Product Details

Square Fish
Publish Date
January 10, 2017
5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Marisa Reichardt lives in Southern California with her family, where she can usually be found huddled over her laptop in a coffeehouse or swimming in the ocean. Underwater is her debut novel.


"Debut author Reichardt doesn't oversimplify: Morgan isn't saved by love; rather, new neighbor Evan reminds her of life and what it's like to have a friend. As Evan, who has his own connection to the shooting, tells her, what he likes about Morgan is that she's real, and that's exactly what readers will appreciate about this book." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Debut author Reichardt smartly reveals the source of Morgan's agoraphobia--a school shooting--very gradually, which, along with the sweet romance with Evan, urges the plot forward. Morgan's... story of growth and redemption will be rewarding for readers who love character-driven novels." --Booklist

"Part problem novel, part romance, Reichardt's debut never becomes melodramatic, even when there is plenty of drama. The main character's emotional growth and healing, her work with her psychologist, and even her changing role in her unusual family dynamics never feel contrived. Readers will enjoy the emotional balance Reichardt gives to the high stakes conflicts in a teen's life." --School Library Journal

"A moving, reflective exploration of grief, trauma, and how individuals find their paths toward resilience." --Kirkus Reviews

"While this is a tender and appealing romance, it would also make a thoughtful complement to the many books about school shootings to illuminate the effects that last beyond the horrible day."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books