A beautiful—and necessary—story about teen mental health.
In the gut-punching but uplifting tradition of Adam Silvera and Kathleen Glasgow comes a queer coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Florida mangroves.
"Raw and compassionate.”—Kirkus, starred review
How do you face your fears when everything is terrifying?
Fifteen-year-old Brynn can’t stop thinking about death. Her intrusive thoughts and severe anxiety leave her feeling helpless—and hopeless. So after her mom interprets one of Brynn’s blog posts as a suicide note, she takes extreme measures, confiscating Brynn’s phone, blocking her Internet access, and banishing her to stay with her father who lives “off the grid” on a houseboat in the Florida mangroves. Isolated from her online friends—her only friends—Brynn resigns herself to a summer of mind-numbing boredom and loneliness… until Skylar appears.
Skylar is everything Brynn isn’t—sultry, athletic, and confident. Yet Brynn feels at home around this fearless girl who pushes her to try new things and makes her belly flutter with nerves that have nothing to do with anxiety. When Brynn discovers that Skylar is trapped in the bayou and can’t tell her why, she resolves to free her new crush from the dark waters, even if it means confronting all of her worst fears.
Through Brynn's funny, awkward, and sincere narration, The Immeasurable Depth of You explores the ways mental illness can impact a life by centering a character who is learning (sometimes messily) to accept all parts of herself.
About the Author
Maria Ingrande Mora (they/she) is a content strategist and brunch enthusiast. Their love languages are snacks, queer joy, and live music. A graduate of the University of Florida, Maria lives near a wetlands preserve with two cats, two children, and two billion mosquitoes. They can often be found writing at their stand-up desk, surrounded by house plants. Unless the cats have destroyed them.
★ "This haunting, heartbreaking, and healing coming-of-age story explores disability and mental illness. . . . Mora represents truthful, thorny complexity in Brynn's relationships. . . . Themes of connection and community equally affirm the value of in-person and online relationships. . . . Raw and compassionate."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "Without shying away from the ways mental illness can impact a life, Brynn's story blooms with hope and fierce love, and every step feels earned."—Booklist, Starred Review
★ "A compelling story highlighting the raw reality of living with a mental illness."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Mora (Fragile Remedy) renders Brynn, Skylar, and their respective parents’ emotions with the grace and sympathy necessary for the heavy topics addressed. Intense emotional situations and the lightly supernatural premise, coupled with Brynn’s growing self-compassion regarding her own mental health, make for a simultaneously devastating and uplifting telling."—Publishers Weekly
"An emotionally rich, thoughtful, and deeply meaningful novel."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“An arresting, profoundly generous exploration into the power of self-compassion and unconditional love in the face of all-consuming fear. I couldn't put it down.” —Shannon Watters, co-creator of the award-winning bestselling comic book series Lumberjanes
“Brimming with atmosphere, heartache, humor, and hope, The Immeasurable Depth of You sweeps readers into the mangroves and sandbars of coastal Florida. A lovely, haunting, smart book about loss, mental health, and friendship. I absolutely loved it.”—Jamie Pacton, author of The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
“A deeply immersive experience. Maria Ingrande Mora pulls readers under water with Brynn as she spirals through every emotion and challenge, giving readers a vivid portrait of anxiety and the effect it can have on maintaining relationships.” —Anna Gracia, author of Boys I Know