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Dýchání pod vodou

(Breathing Underwater #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,486 ratings  ·  995 reviews
Nick je jedním z vyvolených. Studuje vysokou školu, je inteligentní, oblíbený, bohatý. Lidé si myslí, jak snadný má život. Až na jednu věc. Nick nikdy nikomu neřekl o otcově násilnické povaze. Když se Nick setká s Caitlin, myslí si, že se všechny jeho problémy vyřeší. Caitlin má všechno, co Nick kdy chtěl - je krásná, talentovaná a miluje ho. Najednou se všechno změní. Nic ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 2013 by Moba (first published April 24th 2001)
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May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-teen-reads
Breathing Underwater is a staple in my clasroom. This book is written so well that it becomes the hook for my non-reading students. I learned about the thought process of someone that abuses mentally and physically. I also learned about why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. I found myself having empathy for the main character even though he had made large mistakes.
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know if I don't try to type out my feelings now, I will lose what I am thinking/feeling.

I don't want to say that I didn't like the book, but I have very few good things to say about it. Yes, it captured my interest and I read it quickly. I wasn't ever bored and anxiously waited to see how it ended. There were so many things that I didn't like though.

1. I don't like books that are written for YA that try to "capture" what it is really like in high school. I don't want my kids reading those kind
Kerry Cerra
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
In this extraordinary novel by Alex Flinn, we experience a violent teen relationship from the point of view of the boy who beats his girlfriend. Nick is everyone’s friend and seemingly has a perfect life. What his friends don’t know is that his father is abusive. Before he knows it, Nick finds himself following in his dad’s footsteps as he becomes both verbally and physically abusive to his girlfriend Caitlin. When Caitlin’s parents file a restraining order against him, Nick is forced into a fam ...more
"Breathing Underwater" is about sixteen year old Nick Andreas who leads a double life, most of the time he is a charming, straight-A earning football player. However, the guys in his anger management class and his ex-girlfriend Caitlin know differently. They know that Nick is actually an abusive person who has lived under the poor influence of his father. This book details his struggle to find himself in the mask of anger that has been controlling him for awhile now.

I honestly did NOT want to li
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A fast simple read that was gripping, shocking and honest.

Was this really challenged to be banned from a school? This is exactly the type of book that teen girls should be reading......yes he's hot, yes he's popular and sexy, but he's mean, he's controlling and he hits you, this is not a romantic relationship you want to be in.

Even though the entire book is from the abusers POV and Flinn gave us hope for his character by the end, she made her girl SMART and able to do the right thing once the da
Apr 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens and adults
Recommended to Annette by: Tambre
Shelves: ya
It makes me sad that a book about teenage violence has become required reading for all freshman at North High,(where my kids attend). On the other hand, I'm glad that someone took the time to write a book about such a serious and much needed topic. I'm sure that the author wrote it thinking that if she could make a difference in even one person's life it would be well worth it. I feel that if the reading of this book is accompanied with a great deal of classroom discussion it could prove to be v ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this book may be a work of fiction but in many ways it isn't. I know people in similar situations or even someone like Nick. It's not fun. It's sad to think growing up in a hostile home and not having the love from your parents that you need can mold you into a certain person who lashes out on the ones who care most about them (girlfriends/boyfriends and friends). It's a hard cycle to break and there's only two routes that it could end up at. I think this book could be very helpful for ce ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me think and feel so much. It could've been improved storywise and characterwise but it gets its message across really well, and the main concept of the story is portrayed perfectly.

It made you feel sad for all types of characters, while being so frustrated at them at the same time. This made me love this book.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book from my library's display for Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. This one was different, in that it was told from the perspective of the abuser. In past books, I've had trouble reading a story told from the "bad guy's" point of view, but in this one I found myself sympathizing with him at certain times.

I like how the story is told through a journal writing exercise and how Nick ends up understanding more about himself and his life through the exercise. I really enjoyed the charac
Cassi Davila
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ssr
Cassi Davila
Breathing Underwater
Alex Flinn
263 pgs.
Sep. 6,2009

Nick Andreas was a confused young man. I believe he really loved Caitlin, and that he changed and was willing to love again. But I do believe Caitlin had every right to make the decision to not trust him again. I wouldn't. She was hurt and Nick did everything in his power to make her feel inferior to him. That makes me furious as a young woman reading this book, but by the end of the book i feel sympathetic towards him because h
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book makes me a little sick to my stomach. And it hurts. It hurts a lot. It's the story of an abusive relationship, but rather than the voice of the girl, the victim, we are in the head of the boyfriend, the abuser. And I surprisingly found myself... not sympathetic, exactly, but something. I felt for him, wished he'd open his eyes to things, realize how hurtful and cruel he was. He also demonstrated some stellar character growth. Not enough that I think Caitlin should ever go back to ...more
Kristina Čechová
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Jak mně se do téhle knihy nechtělo. Jak moc jsem měla dávivou předtuchu, že tohle bude další klasické počteníčko pro děvčata, ze kterého jsem už vyrostla. Jak moc jsem se spletla. Kniha byla skvělá. Rozhodně si myslím, že by se měla dostat do podvědomí hlavně mladým mužům, protože tenhle příběh doslova křičí myšlenkou "jsem násilník a neuvědomuji si to." Hlavním hrdinou je zde Nick, nechtěné dítě, o kterého se stará jeho otec. Má všechno. Peníze, auto, bydlení na pláži. Díky tvrdé výchově vlastn ...more
Loz Cook
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Loz by: Adolescent fiction Class
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Audrey Henning
I really enjoyed this book, but it was quite difficult to read.

It's about an abusive relationship and it's told from the abuser's point of view.

It was a book I can relate too, mainly because I was in Caitlin's position. As someone who was in an abusive relationship/marriage for many years, this book is incredibly honest. I could feel her pain all those times that she was verbally assaulted and abused. This book was a quick read, but I did have to take a break and put it down for a few minutes at
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explores a relationship that slips and slides between all that is harmful and also that is now non-existent- the logical consequences of Nick's wicked and controlling temper. Great story about finding yourself. The book shares how a temper out of control demands self-awareness as results burn down around Nick as he missed Caitlyn. This is a book for all girls who have overbearing boyfriends or the potential to date someone with "trouble" and bad boy written on them. I loved watching th ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When you start reading this book you will feel bad for Nick, but when he writes in his journal what he has done, bye bye sympathy. This book is an emotional roller coaster for all you romance lovers. But you also will feel bad for Nick when you realize his dad is much to blame for his actions. This is my favorite book I have read so far in my years, and one of the weirdess point of view, A GUY. This book is also very good for the ladys who want to find out how guys think, I woudlnt have know how ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an exquisite book. I read it in one day.
3.5 Stars

Ever feel like you’re breathing underwater, and you have to stop because you’re gulping in too much fluid?

Reading a book from the point of view of an abusive guy is not something I ever thought I would do. Because there's no justification for inflicting pain voluntarily over a person, however much you may have suffered. That's not what this book is about. It is not a justification.

It's a window. To his thoughts, why he does what he does. And I have to say, I never really thought of it b
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breathing Underwater by Alex Finn is about a sixteen year old boy named Nicholas, also known as Nick. His ex-girlfriend, Caitlin, put a restraining on him for hitting her while they were dating. Nick is in a battle now. I personally like the book because the author, Alex Finn, makes the story based on the “abuser’s” point of view. It shows his feelings, his stories, and his struggles. If it were in Caitlin’s point of view, we would not know why nick is like that. We would probably think he is an ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was both intriguing and interesting. I may read it again because I want to know every detail of this book. I was so excited for the ending the whole time, because I wanted to see what happened to the couple. It was a little confusing to read because he was telling a story of his past, but also talking in present form. I got confused at times weather he was talking about. I would recommend this book, it really gets to your heart, you are constantly wondering ...more
Cecily Kyle
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: towers-vi
MA decent story but very predictable. Mostly because I have read many in this genre, on this particular topic. However, I did like that it was from the abusers perspective and shows that you can break the cycle if you take responsibility and learn to be a better person.
Decent but predictable read!
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that the kids in my high school were reading. I was testing a girl on it and it sounded so intriguing. She said it was really good so I decided to read it. I am so flipping glad I did. This story of Nick and Caitlin is gut wrenching!!! I can't wait to see what happens in Diva!!!
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was phenomenal. I cried for the last 5 minutes I was reading it.
Claudia Godfrey
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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MaKaylin Sulser
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was really unique from different books because you were living in his current and past at the same time.
Rachel M
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathing Underwater was one of my favorites that I have read this year. I ended up choosing this book by past books I have enjoyed. My English teacher noticed what I had been reading and suggested this book. It was the perfect fit and very enjoyable.

The book was all based off of love, or in this case old love. Nicholas was dating a girl Caitlyn. Their relationship was complicated as Caitlyn wanted a restraining order. Caitlyn got her wish, but as the restraining order was put in place, Nick ke
Lauren Fennelly
For Christmas, a ton of good books weren't really on my list but fortunately, a family member disregarded my wishes and bought me a dozen best selling books. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn was one of them. This sparked the start of reading for me personally, being supplied with tons of nail biting books to keep me busy.

At first I didn't think I would relate to this book because the main character is a teenage male struggling with anger issues. As the book went on, I realized I related to Nic
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Beautiful Disaster, FSoG, Twilight, and other books with abusive boyfriends
Telling her that stuff was a mistake. It’s easier to fake it. When you fake it for sixteen years, it becomes part of you, something you don’t think about.

When a story is so perfect good it leaves you breathless, where do you start describing it? Do you start with the delicate plot that have you hanging on for every word? Or maybe with the provocative protagonist? Do you begin with the powerful message the story conveys? I don't know. At least not with Breathing Underwater. So I apologize in
Petra Sýkorová
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: czech, rc-review
Někdy lidé dokážou milovat natolik, že milovanému ubližují. Někdy si to ani neuvědomují, jindy to dělají naprosto cíleně. Jenomže všechno má své hranice a někdy je potřeba si říci dost, aby to nebylo ještě horší.

Nick Andreas je šestnáctiletý kluk se spoustou peněz, studuje s vyznamenáním a mezi svými spolužáky se těší značné oblíbenosti. Tedy až do chvíle, kdy udělá osudovou chybu a uhodí svou dívku. Najednou se stane vyvrhelem. Nikdo o něj nestojí, všichni si šuškají za jeho zády a pokřikují na
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