However, things are not what they seem on the surface.Nick’s father is distant and abusive, and Caitlin only stays with Nick because of his controlling actions.Judge Lehman hoped that, in writing a journal of the days that led up to Nick's assault on his girlfriend Caitlin, Nick might be able to reflect upon his indiscretion and come to terms with the demons that haunt him.
At least that's what 16-year-old Nick Andreas learns in his court-ordered anger management class.
With its themes of abuse and neglect, ostracism and forgiveness, Alex Flinn's award-winning novel Breathing Underwater (2001) will prove to be an engaging, emotionally-compelling and thought-provoking experience for high school readers ages 13 .
Nick thought she was new to the school, but Tom said they had known Caitlin since their childhood years and that she had lost weight over the summer.
Despite being part of the popular group in school, Nick was afraid to approach Caitlin.
The novel uses the epistolary form, with portions of the story presented as letters and diary entries in which Nick chronicles his relationship with Caitlin.
As the story begins, Nick is in court learning that Caitlin has filed a restraining order against him, charging that he beat her.One night, in a moment of reckless exhilaration, Nick loses control and slaps her. On the witness stand, the prosecutor asks probing and difficult questions like: 'Did he rape you? ' Cait responds, unable to confess that he might still love her. In his diary, Nick reveals: 'I want to say I love you, I miss you.Instead, I whisper, 'Fat pig,' and move on.' The novel revolves around Nick Andreas. I'll help you get her back.' Through Nick's relationship with Leo, he begins to recognize his own anger management issues. Then Leo sneaks into Neysa's room one night with a gun.Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.Stanislaw Baranczak, a Polish writer in exile, turns to his colleagues and their plights, in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Soviet Union, to explain why oppressive regimes could not succeed in their attempts to transform the Eastern European into Homo sovieticus.He brings into sharp relief the works and personalities of many legendary figures of recent Eastern European political and cultural history from Lech Walesa and Pope John Paul II to Václav Havel and Adam Michnik to Czeslaw Milosz, Witold Gombrowicz, Bruno Schulz, and Joseph Brodsky—and makes vivid the context from which they spring.Some of the essays probe the sense of inarticulateness experienced by writers in exile; many represent the literary essay at its best; all reveal that Baranczak is a sophisticated, often savagely funny writer on whom nothing is lost.Next, Nick starts attending the family violence class he was assigned to.Mario, the teacher, has strict rules regarding honesty and attendance.Nick begins journaling by describing how he met Caitlin.He and his friend Tom saw her as they started their sophomore year of high school.