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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 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.

Synopsis:

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 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.

About the Author

When Alex Flinn was five, her mother informed her that she would be "an author" when she grew up. Never one to follow instructions, Alex studied theater and opera and became a lawyer before finally writing her first novel, Breathing Underwater. Alex lives in Miami with her husband, Gene, and their daughters, Katie and Meredith.

In Her Own Words...

"I write about the things that scare me. When I sat down to write my second novel for teens, I didn't have to go any further than the newspaper. Acts of violence in our schools are terrifying. What is it like, I wondered, to sit in class, not knowing whether the guy beside you might pull out a gun or plant a bomb? What is it like to feel you have reason to commit an act of violence at school-and nothing to lose?

"I dont know the answers. But by writing the story of one teen who reached the breaking point, I've tried to make sense of something that teens are already trying to make sense of. I've tried to understand what makes some teens so fed-up, angry, fearful, and-above all — isolated that they feel they must strike out. I hope this book will stimulate discussion. Although we cannot excuse the acts of kids like Paul, we must try to understand them. It is the first step toward preventing them."

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Tina014, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by Tina014)
Nick is a 15 year old popular kid who has everything he could want. A beautiful girlfriend, friends, a spot on the football team, everything seems perfect, but no one knows the truth behind his mask. Nick is forced to face his problems when he is sent to anger mangment for hitting his girlfriend. Nick finally tells someone about his abusive father and his terrible home life. He loses everything and is left to face his problems on his own. Throughout the book he grows and starts to realize what he did and the effect it had on everyone. It gives insight to a troubled teen's life. Breathing Underwater is so realistic and graphic, and has definetly become one of my favorite books. You can connect witht the characters and their feelings. The message the auther is trying to portray is simple; you must take responsibility for your actions. You just can't pretend it didn't happen; you must face your mistakes. The author is also trying to tell people not to just see the outside. If people would have looked deeper into Nick they would have seen all his pain and anger, and possibly have saved him. This book can help many people. Kids going through these problems can ralate to it. Even the people who have never encountred issues like this can learn how to deal with people who have. I would recommend this book to teens going through struggles. It would be good for both males and females. It could help the males relate to someone, and the females can relate to Cat in a way. Breathing Underwater is a good book for adults to read, but I don't believe they would get as much out of it as a younger group would.
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Steel_Twn_Ftball_Fan, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by Steel_Twn_Ftball_Fan)
Breathing Underwater was a good book about a boy named Nick who went through six months of anger management. His girlfriend, Caitlin, filed a restraining order against him after he hit her. Everybody turned against him and nobody but Caitlin knew that his dad beat him. He goes to his class every week and meets some long time friends who have also hurt their girls. He becomes friends with his counselor and his best friend Tom, who turned on him, finds out about his dad and they become friends again. He apologizes to Caitlin but they never get back together. Nick's life relates to a lot of people around the world and all the characters seemed so real it was hard to stop reading. I also liked how the book wasn't a perfect happy ending. Nick never got back with Caitlin and even though that’s sad it’s real life. It shows how students can be made fun of and tormented. I think the author wanted to show how some people can become when they are raised badly by their family. It also tells that anger management can help a person can get through their problems when they try. I thought this book was very excellent. It really portrays and expresses teenagers today. I love how it showed both the journal from before he hit Caitlin and his story of him going through anger management. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about real life stories that can actually happen. Even though there is foul language it makes it all more realistic. It also shows how some parents and families are today. This book is great for teens and adults. This book is very engaging and exciting and you will never want to put it down until you finish it.
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Mastershake1222, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by Mastershake1222)


Breathing Underwater, a stunning novel, about a couple in high school that is struggling to hold their friendship together. In the beginning of the book Nick (boyfriend) is getting charged for yelling and beating Catlin (girlfriend). Nick had all he could ever need a hot girlfriend, spot on the football team, and friends. Catlin is a skinny cute girl that used to be fat and never had a boyfriend. She is filing a restraining order against him for hitting her. Throughout the book he is looking back on their relationship and writing about it in his journal. It is an awesome book and a must read. I liked this book because the story line is awesome and I’m a fellow high school student also, so I can relate to some of the stuff they talk about. I think the author was thinking about abuse when she was writing the book. There was a lot of abusing throughout the book that resulted in harsh punishments for all the characters. I think all people need to read this book because it has a strong story line and attitude toward abuse.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060291983
Author:
Flinn, Alex
Author:
Flinn, Alexandra
Author:
by Alex Flinn
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Subject:
General
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Violence
Subject:
Anger
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Social Situations - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Diaries
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20010424
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.46x5.27x1.07 in. .75 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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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 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.

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