Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

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Summary: Breathing Underwater is about an teenage boy at the age of 16 who is in love with his girlfriend, but does not really know how to treat her right. He claimed to have loved his girlfriend a lot and often did not listen to what he has to say about things and disagrees with her which causes him to get angry. One day he had gotten very angry and had slapped her, not knowing what had got into him he apologized for his behaviour and said never to do it again. But the day of the talent show he had told her not to sing because people would laugh at her and he did not want her to display herself up on stage singing to everyone. After the show had finished, anger and jealousy filled up inside of him causing to not know what he was doing, next thing he knew he was calling her names and throwing a fist at her and beating her to the floor. Caitlin was than taken away from a few friends, including Nick’s best friend. Caitlin and her parents than procured a restraining order to keep Nick away from her, and the judge had also sentenced him to Mario Ortega’s family violence class, where he sat around with other men who beat their wives or girlfriends because they are unable to keep their hands to themselves. Another sentence the court gave Nick was to write journals about his relationship with Caitlin, before the incident and what caused him to do what he had done to her. From the journals he wrote the story drifts back and froth from present to past of their relationship. It allows the reader to follow along with Nick (main character), it shows the struggles of losing all his friendships, popularity and respect he had among the school, being known as a abuser, and also the girl he loved did not no longer love him back for the actions he had done. Towards the end of the novel he realizes all the stuff he had put Caitlin from through the beginning of their relationship and how badly he had treated her feeling guilty of his actions he had no longer knew what to do, but he knew how to treat a girl with more respect in the future.

Express feelings of the book:
     Feelings of the book, displays a message to teenagers and young daters that hitting, or verbally abusing someone emotionally is not going to help a situation whereas it will most probably make things worse.

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It also shows that some individuals don’t say much about it and when it happens the first time they don’t think much of it and believes their partner did it by an accident and not on purpose and when it starts repeating happening they start to feel as though they are doing something wrong and that is why it is happening this novel shows that teenagers don’t need to be influenced by their partner that they aren’t doing something wrong, but it might be other issues such as families where they learnt to have abusive relationships and think its right to hit someone.

Compare the book:
     This book relates back to the novel that Alex Flinn also wrote because again it is on teen issues and something they are influenced upon the narratives are the same and is told in a first person view, from a male perspectives showing both sections but focusing on the male.

Name the author and something about the individual:

     Alex Flinn is a teen author who had inspiration to write this novel because she had volunteered in various areas with battered women and their children. She had realized that their aren’t many novels out for teenagers expressing situations and solutions to these problems and social subject that is common among teenagers. She had believed that doing a novel that represents something and allowing young girls to speak up for themselves, and defend themselves would be a good topic for novels.

Discuss the genre:
     The genre of the book is out to young adults and its based on everyday life situations, with suspense, and mystery, romance and something for both girls and boys. Such as for the girls the romantic part of the novel and where as for the boys it’s the abuse and the “don’t hit your girlfriend message” so it is not specifically for a gender but both areas, the genre of the novel is not just based of on one thing its based on several things that make the novel good and interesting.

Discuss the social issues:
     The social issues that are displayed in the novel is teenage relationship abuse among girlfriends/ boyfriends, and this novel explains common solutions and what can be lost and that abusing someone is not really going to get them very far. It also allows teenagers to see that they are not alone in something like this there are many people that are willing to help them and help the people that abuse them to.

Discuss how the character have changed.
     In the novel Caitlin changes in the novel from listing to Nick all the time and obeying his orders to start being independent and doing what she believes is right even if it means that he does not appreciate it, whereas in the beginning she did not really say anything to herself she let him decide for her whereas in the ending of the novel she learnt to walk away from him.
     Another character that changed in the novel is Nick himself, from the journals that represent the past relationship with Caitlin, can been see as he was abusive and he pushed her to do things she was not wanting to do whereas at the end of the book we can see a change in his character in knowing what he did was wrong, knowing that he had one thing he loved the most and he lost it just the way his father had lost him and his mother through his abusive actions.


Choose a symbol that discusses its significants.
     A symbol that I believe is significant is the title of the novel breathing underwater, I believe that it represents the novel in various ways one relating back to the main character Nick, and showing how he was high up and started sinking while he kept doing more and more to weigh himself down. And breathing underwater he was suffering from everything he was doing he was feeling suffocated from the things he did and felt as though he was breathing underwater not knowing when he is going to drown or when he is going to be rescued.

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