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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In my 9th grade language arts class, we were required to pick a book from a collection of novels from all sorts of different genres as a project where a students who had picked the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben Richter
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
With an abusive father and a status to maintain, Nick Andreas acted every bit the arrogant and cocky teenager. Read more
Breathing Underwater written by Alex Flinn tells the story of Nick Andreas and the challenges he faces while dealing with his abusive father and his ex-girlfriend Caitlin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew H.
To be honest, I didn't find the premise interesting. I just read it since you can't always assume whether or not you'll like the book based on that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debra Tucker