Saturday, January 9, 2016

{Tour Stop} UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Underwater
by Marisa Reichardt


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.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
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by Marisa Reichardt


ABOUT THE WORLD IN UNDERWATER

In Underwater, my main character’s world is the inside of a two-bedroom, one bathroom apartment she shares with her mother and younger brother. Seventeen-year-old Morgan keeps the curtains closed and the TV on. She takes classes online and lives off grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

The challenge, as a writer, was to make that world interesting.  

I think it was because of what I knew of Morgan’s world before that made it easier for me to create her world now. Before, she was a swimmer, an ocean and beach lover, a concertgoer, and kisser of boys. She was a sun-drenched California girl through and through.

It was precisely these lush and vivid parts of Morgan’s former life that made her current existence easier to execute. The monotony of Morgan’s days was really important, and her routine—and not deviating from that routine—were necessary elements to illustrate her character and her fears.

The challenge was to meld Morgan’s before and after worlds together. To find ways to express the outside while Morgan stayed inside. How could I make Morgan’s world interesting? How could I world-build around a two-bedroom, one bathroom apartment?

The world of Underwater is a place I know well. It wasn’t always the easiest place to be but I’m glad I stuck with it.

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I'm a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean.

My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 Macmillan Children's UK. I love all books and all genres.

While I do keep track of all the books I've read here, I generally don't do ratings or reviews.

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