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Breathing Underwater

At the beginning of the story, Nick is found guilty of beating up his girlfriend, Caitlin. After this, his best friend for about ten years, Tom, refuses to speak to him. Nick and Tom had been best...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 6:54 am UTC

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The book isn't exactly overwhelmed with symbolism, but one possible symbol you might like to consider is Nick's journal. Nick's forced to write the journal by the judge as part of the conditions of...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 10:24 am UTC

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Nick agrees to volunteer at the carnival with Leo and his girlfriend Neysa. Neysa is late meeting up with Leo, and so he gets mad at her for the rest of the day, so much so that he acts incredibly...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 9:50 am UTC

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When Nick says the quoted line, he realizes how unintentionally therapeutic writing the poem was for him. The fact that he wrote things that he didn’t realize he was thinking and feeling shows that...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020 3:28 pm UTC

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Nick slaps Caitlyn after she sings a "sexy" song "about love and meeting the man of her dreams." Nick, listening to the song, interprets it as an indication that the man of her dreams is not him....

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 8:46 am UTC

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As we learn throughout the story, Nick clearly has anger management issues. Unable to control his violent impulses, he hits his girlfriend Caitlin, which lands him in court. As well as being...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 11:44 am UTC

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Nick physically abuses Caitlyn by hitting her. This is what lands him in trouble with the law; it's why he ends up being ordered by a judge to attend anger management classes. The judge also tells...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 6:50 am UTC

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Nick is addicted to Caitlyn. He describes her as both his drug of choice and his dealer. When they were together, they just couldn't get enough of each other. Each day he'd pick up her up and drop...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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It's February 7th: family violence class. And according to Nick, Mario's on everyone's case. As if we didn't know already, Nick is still very much in denial over his physical abuse issues. But it...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020 11:04 am UTC

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Nick has been taken to court by Caitlyn. She's seeking a restraining order after Nick hit her. Nick doesn't appear to think he's done anything wrong; he's arrogant and disrespectful towards the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 9:43 am UTC

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Nick says that Caitlyn was at once, metaphorically, his "dealer and (his) drug of choice." He compares his infatuation with Caitlyn to a Red Ribbon campaign slogan: "A single joint today, you'll...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 9:14 am UTC

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After Nick cleans his dad’s car, his father scolds and abuses him. The incident is retold in the journal/diary entry for January 17th. Nick is thinking about when he knew his family was not like...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2021 4:30 pm UTC

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Nick's just taken another beating from his father. When he wakes up the next morning and takes a look at himself in the mirror, he realizes that he can't very well go to school, not with all those...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 7:25 am UTC

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Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn is a Young Adult novel that examines the main character the abusive relationships the main character, Nick, has with his father and with his girlfriend, Caitlin....

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 9:55 am UTC

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Nick aces a test in American Poetry, which was given by Miss Higgins in an Honors English class. While the tests are being handed back, it is immediately apparent that some of the kids in Nick's...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 7:02 pm UTC

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Because Nick physically attacked her, Caitlin has been granted a restraining order against her boyfriend by the court. Under the terms of the order, Nick must not contact Caitlin in any way. As...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2021 10:17 am UTC

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Due to his physical abuse of Caitlin, Nick loses the friendship of Tom Carter. Nick and Tom had been friends since they were little kids, but when Tom found out about Nick's appalling treatment of...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021 8:09 am UTC

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Through much of the story, Nick refuses to accept that he physically assaulted Caitlyn and that his attack had emotional consequences for her, himself, their families, and their social circle....

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 3:28 am UTC

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Nick and Tom get into an argument because Nick tells Tom that he is “whipped,” and Tom responds by getting “on” Nick. You will need to provide some background in answering this question, and the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 1:09 pm UTC

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Nick Andreas has been sentenced by the court to attend Family Violence Class. He's there because he physically assaulted his girlfriend, Caitlyn, replicating the violent behavior of his father...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 7:08 am UTC

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Nick's entire life is focused on Caitlin, likely because of the abuse and unhappiness he suffers at home. With Caitlin, he finds peace and happiness; however, he isn't willing to direct those...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2020 10:16 pm UTC

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While working at the concession stand, Nick sees Leo emotionally abusing Neysa, which reminds Nick of himself. A short while afterwards, Nick learns that Leo has killed himself and Neysa. Because...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 2:45 am UTC

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The story begins at the Justice Building in Miami, Florida. Nick, the book's protagonist, is up before the court after hitting his girlfriend, Caitlyn. Caitlyn's seeking a restraining order on Nick...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 8:16 am UTC

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