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How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
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Sep 09, 11


We just finished reading this in my short stories class, and it has gotten a good reception. The best part about using this book in the classroom is the fact it is easy for students to relate to the content. It's very close to their lives. They can understand the emotion and the characters.

The main issue I found teaching this book was the gender bias. It is largely from a female perspective. While I think it's possible for everyone to connect to the book despite the gender of the narrators and characters, I do think the female perspective was at times overwhelming and stereotypical.

Overall, though, I would recommend teaching this to high school students.
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