Don’t miss this timely contemporary young adult novel from Alex Flinn, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beastly, about a teenage boy’s struggle to. 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. Breathing Underwater. Alex Flinn. 1. JANUARY 5 JUSTICE BUILDING, MIAMI, FLORIDA. I’ve never been in a courthouse before. But then, I’ve never been in.

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Mostly because I have read many in this genre, on this particular topic.

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.

I cried for the last 5 minutes I was reading it. But then it all changes. I was so excited for the ending the whole time, because I wanted to see what happened to the couple. I honestly did NOT want to like this book. The only thing I disliked a little was the fact that I never got to hear Caitlin’s side of the story.

It was a book I can relate too, mainly because I was in Caitlin’s position. Apr 25, Annette rated it liked it Recommends it for: Nick doesn’t believe he did anything wrong, but he faces a reality check with not only operating under the terms of the restraining order, but also having to attend anger management classes, and adhere to community service.

Unfortunately, anger runs in the family and Nick got his abusive traits from his father who Nick still lives with. So folks, that is my initial gut reaction of this book. This novel was a heartbreaking, insightful read for me, and I couldn’t put it down, to be honest. Feb 07, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: That’s not what this book is about.


This is not your typical book about abuse because it’s from the abuser’s point of view. Caitlyn got her wish, but as the restraining order was put in place, Nick kept a journal. Her chin juts forward.


The ending scene with Nick’s best friend rings a bit hollow, but as Nick’s past comes to light, both the circumstances and his owning up to his actions carry heavy emotional weight in this gripping tale. Incidentally, Alex Flinn recently came to visit some of the Com. He knew that no matter how hard he tried, he would never get Caitlin back.

Like the cycle goes, Nick became super close with his girlfriend Caitlin, then it became official, then he started to abuse her. But I compensated for this early proficiency by absolutely refusing to read the programmed readers required by the school system — workbooks where you read the story, then answered the questions.

My writings have taken on a very personal vein and have been so cathartic to me. I studied opera in college I’m a coloratura — the really loud, high-pitched sopranos. I found it really interesting how Nick was shown the error of his ways by writing dlinn down.

And he has to come to terms with the fact that he was not only an abuser, but also being abused by his controlling father. This book details his struggle to find himself in the mask of anger that has been controlling him for awhile now. This book is written so well that it becomes the hook for my non-reading students. Because there’s no justification for inflicting pain voluntarily over a person, however much you may have suffered. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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I want my kids to be hanging nuderwater with their friends from church, not having sex on the weekends. She knew how humiliating it was warming the bench in football all season.

Wonderful audiobook narration by Jon Cryer. I meet her eyes, try to make her remember all the good times. What no one knows–not even his best friend–is the terror that Nick faces every time he is alone with his father.

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Breathing Underwater – a young adult novel by Alex Flinn

The thing is, Nick doesn’t see it that way, at least not at first. I look at the wall, my attention suddenly riveted by a palmetto bug, feelers writhing. I started writing an early and laughable version of Breathing Underwater in college I was really bored on a car trip with my parents. I think I write for young-adults because I never quite got over being one.