Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Posted February 23, 2008on:
Nick’s life seems to be perfect. He drives everyone’s dream car and his father is rich. But that’s not really how it is. Nick’s father is abusive, both mentally and physically, and so is Nick. Like father like son, right? Except that unlike when Nick’s father hits him, Nick’s girlfriend doesn’t let Nick get away with hurting her. When he goes to far one day, he loses not only Caitlin, but his friends and the life he came to know.
Breathing Underwater starts out with Nick in the courtroom, denying that he ever put a hand on Caitlin, and being ordered to keep a journal, at least 500 words a week, and attending anger managment classes. As Nick’s story comes out, both in the anger classes and through his journal, I begin to loathe him, but also understand him.