Review: Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Posted December 8, 2012 by Sophia

Review: Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Content and Trigger Warning: This book may be unsuitable for some due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. There may also be content that could be triggering to some, which we will try our best to provide below the synopsis in reviews written after May 12, 2020.
Review: Breathing Underwater by Alex FlinnBreathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Breathing Underwater #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 7, 2019
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Physical
Source: Library

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.

I suppose I’ll mention this was one of the books we just finished in English. Apparently, I think that Breathing Underwater is the best book so far in the school year that was required reading. (Notice I didn’t say the best book I’ve ever read…)

Nick seems to be a person who is quite spoiled and probably has the perfect life being handsome, popular and rich. Beneath the surface though (see what I did there?) he’s abused by his father often and has taken out his anger on others as well, such as Caitlin. As a result, there are many consequences due to Nick’s actions. It make me really sad to hear that his father was abusive though. Comparing my very own life to Nick’s life, my life seems to be easy as pie.

I don’t seem to have a lot of reaction from this book. I typically don’t read YA Realistic Fiction that much on my own when I look on my list of Books Read.

Why I really gave it such a high rating is the dramatic storyline and the emotional process that Nick takes to recover and learn from his many mistakes that really makes his life far from perfection when he takes an anger management.

Though I don’t typically read Realistic Fiction, I highly recommend that if you enjoy reading Realistic Fiction, you read the book. As mentioned earlier, the book has a dramatic storyline and is an emotional and powerful read.

Sophia has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House crisis. Unlike her personality in blog posts, she's a socially awkward recent college grad who majored in Communications. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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