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Like father like sonIntelligent popular handsome and wealthy sixteen year old Nick Andreas is pretty much perfect on the outside at least What no one knows not even h. 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 Nick is everyone’s friend and seemingly has a perfect life What his friends don’t know is that his father is abusive Before he knows it Nick finds himself following in his dad’s footsteps as he becomes both verbally and physically abusive to his girlfriend Caitlin When Caitlin’s parents file a restraining order against him Nick is forced into a family violence class Reuired 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

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Breathing UnderwaterIs 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. It makes me sad that a book about teenage violence has become reuired reading for all freshman at North Highwhere my kids attend On the other hand I'm glad that someone took the time to write a book about such a serious and much needed topic I'm sure that the author wrote it thinking that if she could make a difference in even one person's life it would be well worth it I feel that if the reading of this book is accompanied with a great deal of classroom discussion it could prove to be very helpful to kids who are prone to violence or kids who are victims of violence This is not your typical book about abuse because it's from the abuser's point of view It takes you on a journey inside the mind of Nick Andreas a 16 year old who grows up in an upper class neighborhood in Miami FL Once you get to know him you start to feel sorry for him because of his relationship with his father and his inability to recognize the seriousness of his situation Because he refuses to see the obvious that he needs professional helphe continues to make bad choices Only when his life completely spins out of control does he finally have an aha moment and he starts to make the changes necessary to improve his lifeWhat impresses me the most about this book is how the author stresses the importance of accepting responsibility for your own actions I think that was the main message of the book to give hope to those who struggle with angerviolence to let them know that there is a way to break the cycle of abuse and the first step to recovery is to stop blaming others for your problems and accept responsibility for your actionsThe author does capture the lifestyle of the average American teen which may be offensive to some it's actually uite offensive to me personally however I understand that writers who write for YA's feel the need to portray high schoolers as realistically as possible Alex Flinn may have gone a little too far with this though the boys do use really crude language this is what makes it a 3 star rather than a 4 or 5 star Although as my daughter reminded me if she were to make it truly realistic she would have to add a lot 4 letter words Obviously the book was written especially for today's teens and therefore is much appealing to that age group and less appealing to adultsInterestingly the author Alex Flinn interned with the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office while in law school trying several domestic violence cases It was this experience along with serving as a volunteer and mentor at the Inn Transition facility for battered women and their children that led her to write this book Incidentally Alex Flinn recently came to visit some of the Com Arts classes here at North High School She came and visited my daughter's Creative Writing Class

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Breathing Underwater review É 0 » [Read] ➭ Breathing Underwater By Alex Flinn – Like father like sonIntelligent 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 Like father like sonIntelligent popular haThe 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 from his father than green eyes and money. This book made me think and feel so much It could've been improved storywise and characterwise but it gets its message across really well and the main concept of the story is portrayed perfectly It made you feel sad for all types of characters while being so frustrated at them at the same time This made me love this book