How did they end up in court with a restraining order being issued against him? In this first person narrative, Nick tells the story himself. Ages up. This interview was conducted via email in Visit author Alex Flinn. I did a lot of volunteer work with battered women and their children.

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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn. Like father, like son. Intelligent, popular, handsome, and wealthy, sixteen-year-old Nick Andreas is pretty much perfect--on the outside, at least.

What no one knows--not even his best friend--is the terror that Nick faces every time he is alone with his father. Then he and Caitlin fall in love, and Nick thinks his problems are over. Caitlin is the one person who he can con Like father, like son. Caitlin is the one person who he can confide in.

But when things start to spiral out of control, Nick must face the fact that he's gotten more from his father than green eyes and money. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 7th by HarperTeen first published April 24th More Details Original Title. Breathing Underwater 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Breathing Underwater , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Breathing Underwater Breathing Underwater, 1. May 13, Jlawton rated it it was amazing Shelves: must-teen-reads. Breathing Underwater is a staple in my clasroom. This book is written so well that it becomes the hook for my non-reading students.

I learned about the thought process of someone that abuses mentally and physically. I also learned about why someone might stay in an abusive relationship.

I found myself having empathy for the main character even though he had made large mistakes. Apr 28, Brandy rated it it was ok. I don't want to say that I didn't like the book, but I have very few good things to say about it. Yes, it captured my interest and I read it quickly. I wasn't ever bored and anxiously waited to see how it ended. There were so many things that I didn't like though. I don't like books that are written for YA that try to "capture" what it is really like in high school.

I don't want my kids reading those kind of books. Yes, this may be real life for some, but I hope it isn't real life for my kids.

I want my kids to be hanging out with their friends from church, not having sex on the weekends. It seems like authors that try to write like this write about the minority of high school kids.

They are wanting the student body to understand that NOT everyone is doing it, so it bugs me when teen literature makes it seem like everyone does meaning alcohol, sex, etc.

I understand from a friends review that the author was compelled to write this story after working with battered women and children. I can see that she is trying to get the message out there that says you are in control of your own actions and feelings. You need to own up to them and take responsiblity. I honestly don't see how this book is going to create change in young adults.

The ending was very predictable. I knew as soon as the book started that he would have an ah-ha moment and suddenly be better or at least be on the road to better at the end. It seemed to "wrapped in a pretty package" to me and I think that high schoolers will see right through it. When I have felt the most compelled to change in my life, it has always been situations weather listening to someone or even reading something that the spirit was there.

I don't think I ever once felt the spirit while reading this. I think there are more uplifting books on the market to get teens to understand the point the author was trying to make. When I was teaching in Young Womens, a talk I came across from Susan Tanner said that we don't encourage our youth to obey the standards by showing them all the ways they could disobey. Meaning, we don't show them multiple examples of immodest clothing to get the point across to wear something modest. I feel that same way with this book, don't show us violence and anger to get us to not do it, or to get us to change our ways.

I don't think the book focused enough on the 'message'. In fact, I didn't really even feel the message of the book until I read my friends review. Until then, I felt like this book was about a jerk who ended up realizing his errors and wanting to change.

The problem is that when he wanted to change, the book was over. There was no time spent on the change. So this leaves readers who don't know how to change empty and just like every person who is caught in the abusive cycle The kid in this book got lucky that he was sentenced to take this class. Not many people in real life are going to voluntarily take those type of classes.

So, to end, this book was fine for just reading. But to create change like I suspect the author was trying to do, I think it fails miserably. So folks, that is my initial gut reaction of this book. I am going to sleep on it, and I may change my mind tomorrow!! View all 22 comments. Jun 27, Kerry Cerra rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya. In this extraordinary novel by Alex Flinn, we experience a violent teen relationship from the point of view of the boy who beats his girlfriend.

Required reading for many schools, Alex Flinn does an amazing job of portraying Nick in a way in which the reader can almost feel sorry for him. I found myself rooting for him to get help and stick with his recovery program.

View 1 comment. Apr 09, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: realistic-fiction , five-stars , young-adult. However, the guys in his anger management class and his ex-girlfriend Caitlin know differently. They know that Nick is actually an abusive person who has lived under the poor influence of his father. This book details his struggle to find himself in the mask of anger that has been controlling him for awhile now.

I honestly did NOT want to li "Breathing Underwater" is about sixteen year old Nick Andreas who leads a double life, most of the time he is a charming, straight-A earning football player. I honestly did NOT want to like this book.

It seemed to be the type of book that I would naturally not like, even though I just love Alex Flinn's works. As I began the novel I couldn't stop myself from flipping the pages to find out what exactly Nick did and if he manages to control himself or not. Some people complain about happy endings, but this book's ending was bitter sweet, not completely happy. Flinn really has a gift in making the reader just feel the emotions of the main character, like it or not.

I would definetly recommend this book to every teen who isn't aware of situations like the one presented in this book. View 2 comments. A fast simple read that was gripping, shocking and honest. Was this really challenged to be banned from a school?

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While his classmates think of him as rich, popular and perfect, they don't know the truth about his turbulent home life with an abusive father. As Flinn's first novel opens, Nick finds himself in court, facing a restraining order by his girlfriend, Caitlin. He is sentenced to six months of counseling and to write words per week in a journal, explaining what happened from the day he met Caitlin to the present. Set in Miami and told in a split narrative, the novel juxtaposes Nick's journal entries about his past relationship with Caitlin alongside the current challenges of going back to school with his friends turned against him, his counseling sessions and life with his father. Gradually, he begins to recognize his own responsibility in how events played out "Somehow, when I see it on paper, it becomes more real than when it's just in my head".


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