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Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Breathing Underwater (original 2000; edition 2002)

by Alex Flinn

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Title:Breathing Underwater
Authors:Alex Flinn
Info:HarperTeen (2002), Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:Young Adult

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Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (2000)


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I rate Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn a three and a half out of five. I recommend this book for people who enjoy reading about courtcases and the outcome of them involving teenagers. ***plot may be revealed***
The main theme of this book is Friendship. This is the main theme because Nick struggles to keep his friends after the incident with his girlfriend Caitlin bringing him to court and having to go to Family Violence Class. Nick lost Caitlin and his Bestfriend Tom.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book it was a nice read for the summer and i completely recommend it. ( )
  anawesula | Sep 12, 2016 |
Narrated by Jon Cryer (yes, that Jon Cryer). Throughout the first disc this came off as a ho-hum standard romance. But when Nick's violent tendencies first appear, I was shocked to realize I had been sympathizing with Nick up to that point. From then on, I was interested in the working mind of this young abuser and seeing his perspective. His perspective and actions are unacceptable, of course. Nick comes around thanks to his anger management class, his introspective journal writing, and the tragedy of Leo. His turnaround seemed to fall in line almost too easily. Still, a valuable book for teens who might be in similar situations, whatever their side. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Nick is a sixteen year old boy who seems to have it all. He is popular, handsome, and lives a charmed life. But when Nick starts to date Caitlin his friends see a different side of him. He has to attend anger management classes after he and Caitlin break up. It takes Nick a while to see that he does have a serious problem with controlling his emotions and not taking them out on other people.
I loved this book. It was a very fast read. The court orders Nick to go to anger management classes and to keep a journal of how he got to this place in his life. The book is written from his point of view and in present and past. There are many different conflict throughout the story; Nick and his father, Nick and Caitlin and Nick and his best friend. The setting is modern times in Miami and at school and the anger management class. This book would be great for high school student’s boys or girls. I love the message in the book and how we see Nick come to terms with his problem.
I would have the students write a poem about something personal that they have never told anyone before much like the Poem Nick write for his English class. I would have the students keep a journal and write what they thought about what Nick or another character was going through in the book. They would have to write after every chapter too.
  embarnes | Jul 16, 2014 |
Excellent story of the inner thoughts of an abused teenage boy who falls for a shy girl and in trying to overcome his own demons, becomes an abuser. Loved the journal-entry format. Satisfying ending. ( )
  SuzanneML | May 23, 2014 |
I was not crazy about this book. The narrator is a jerk and is supposed to be. I'm not sure I buy his miraculous epiphany. Recommended for teens wants an angsty, realistic fiction read in the vein of Ellen Hopkins. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Mar 15, 2014 |
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It was only a slap. Well, maybe more than one. And maybe Nick used his fist at the end when the anger got out of control. But his girlfriend Caitlin deserved it--hadn't she defied him by singing in the school talent show when he had forbidden her to display herself like that? Even though he'd told her that everybody would laugh at her because she couldn't sing and was a fat slob? Both were lies. Because Caitlin was so beautiful, the only person who understood him. Out of his desperate need for her came all the mean words and the hitting. But now Caitlin's family has procured a restraining order to keep Nick away, and the judge has sentenced him to Mario Ortega's Family Violence class, to sit around every week with six other angry guys who hit their girlfriends. And to write a journal explaining how he got into this mess.

Other teen novels--most strikingly Dreamland by Sarah Dessen--have shown dating violence from the point of view of a young girl trapped in an abusive relationship, but in Breathing Underwater, first-time novelist Alex Flinn tackles the difficult task of making us understand, if not sympathize with, the motivation of a violent young man. The story, like Rob Thomas's stylistically similar Rats Saw God, proceeds in two different time frames: the journal in which Nick relives the course of his tender but stormy love affair with Caitlin and the time after the restraining order, in which a desperate and friendless Nick struggles to understand and overcome his anger. This extraordinarily moving novel is highly relevant reading for all young men in our violence-prone society. (Ages 13 and older) --Patty Campbell

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Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

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