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-Helen Exley

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-Marion C. Garretty

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Pages: 263
To his friends, popular and handsome sixteen-year-old Nick Andreas has led a charmed life. But the guys in Nick's anger management class know differently. So does his ex-girlfriend Caitlin. Now it looks like the only person who doesn't realize just how far from perfect Nick's life has become is Nick himself.

June second, book 2! My friend Andrew has been nagging me to read this for months now and I'm sooo happy that I did. I wasn't sure if this would be any good or not, but honestly, it is one of my favorite books.

Some of the scenes in the book are from Nick's journal entries on what happened with his relaionship with Caitlin, and sometimes the scenes were so startling true I had to pause and close my eyes for a minute, just imagining if that could ever happen to me. It made me think of how I would handle being in an abusive relationship and if I would be able to get out of it.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it was from the abuser's point of view. Most books I've read have been from the victim's point of view and how the boyfriend/girlfriend has hurt them mentally and physically. It was very interesting to experience how Nick was feeling. Some of his emotions were just surreal.

Overall I think everyone should read this book. It is a quick read and Alex writes so smoothly. The book just flows. It's full of emotions and actions and it's amazing to see the steps Nick takes to try and turn his life around and a swell of emotion filled my heart when he realized how he had treated Caitlin.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favorite books! I'm always trying to get people to read it!! SOOOOO glad you liked it. I think the ending is so powerful.

    If you liked this one, you MUST read TWISTED (Laurie Halse Anderson) and INEXCUSABLE by Chris Lynch. INEXCUSABLE is very similar to BREATHING UNDERWATER, but with another horrifying topic.

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