Saturday, August 11, 2007

Rage like a runaway train

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Nick Andreas made a mistake. Now he has to live with the consequences.

At the beginning of the school year, Nick notices Caitlin. Caitlin is the girl of Nick's dreams. After living his whole life in the shadow of his rich, abusive father, Caitlin seems like the only good thing in his life. The relationship starts off fairly normal with both parties head over heels in love. As time goes on, Nick starts tapping into a side of himself he never noticed before. A temper, similar in every way to his father's, erupts from Nick and falls in the closest target, Caitlin.

One night things got a little out of control and Nick must obey the restraining order instituted by the judge. He also has to attend anger management classes taught by patient, yet firm Mario. Mario insists that everyone in the class keep a journal to record the events in the way they saw them happen.

After the incident with Caitlin, Nick has nothing left except the group. His friends won't talk to him and school in a nightmare. Nick turns to the journal and other members of the group for comfort and uses it as a way to learn more about himself. The book is written in the present with journal entries that show the events that led up to the fateful night.

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