Breathing Underwater Author: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 Nick faces every time he is alone with his father. Then he and Caitlin fall in love, and Nick thinks his problems are over. Caitli... more »n 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.« less
Scary book because it's hard to believe that anyone actually thinks the way Nick did. It was difficult for me to read because I know that there actually are men out there who feel the way Nick did and the book gives off a feeling of helplessness. It was very emotional. But the in the end, it was a great book and one I would recommend.
I should have reviewed this when I finished but on occasion that's hard for me to do so I'm stuck with having to rely on my crappy memory. Luckily it was only yesterday that I finished this. The day before was when I started Breathing Underwater and needless to say it's a fast read. It could be read in a matter of a couple hours if one had the time. It's also "easy" to read and by that I don't mean the subject matter but how the book reads. It wouldn't scare off a new reader. I don't think I'd have this to a reluctant reader though and only because all of the people I've met who could be called "reluctant readers" would see this as a preach in book form. That's the opposite of what I'd be trying to accomplish by giving him/her this book in the first place so personally this isn't the book I'd pick for that job.
Nick is very realistic and I think for the most part Caitlin is also. Flinn did a great job with how easily she had Nick join the ranks of abusive "men". ("Boy" would be a better word.)
The book doesn't feel like an after school special and I think that'll go a long way with teenagers. I know I'd have loved this when I was in my early teens.
One irky thing about the book: the kid on the cover looks almost just like an ex of mine.
This is a really well written book telling the story of an abusive relationship from the boy's point of view. I thought that was interesting since these types of stories are generally told from the girls side only.