Breathing Underwater Book Summary and Study Guide

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Nick Andreas, a a sixteen year old, is good looking and a popular athlete at his school. His father makes a pretty good living and this allows Nick to enjoy many luxeries. At the start of the year, Nick begins to seek a relationship with Caitlin. Caitlin has always been unpopular until this year. She has lost a lot of weight and is emotionally insecure from a lifetime of obesity. They begin their relatinship. Through a series of events, including jealous statements, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and some physical abuse, Nick crosses the line and almost kills Caitlin during a car ride. He is given a restraining order, forced to go to anger management classes, and write in a journal. He is coninually in denial of his inapporpriate behavior and struggles to face some difficult issues in his life. Nick resists the work in the class and does not consider himself to be an abuser. He struggles to come to terms with his abusive behavior as well as the abuse that he has suffered at the hand of his father. After a tragic event involving one of the other members of the anger management class, Nick is able to understand the seriousness of his actions.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   parental abuse Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes Loving/sexing?    -   girl chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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