For most people, the word "diva" means brilliant, talented, over-the-top, and glamorous. I, however, seemed to be trapped in the not-very-glamorous life of a cheerleader wannabe with serious ex-boyfriend issues and a permanent yo-yo diet. At least until the day I auditioned for Miami High School of the Arts—and got in! All I had to do was convince my mother, the cosmetics...more
This is a worthwhile read and I appreciate that Alex Flinn goes into the nitty-gritty and truly tackles emotional issues instead of just glossing over them like a ...more
Readers of Alex Flinn will recognize Caitlin—she’s the abused girlfriend from Flinn’s critically acclaimed first novel, Breathing Underwater. She makes a reappearance in Flinn’s ...more
I love that we get to see the after affects of the abuse she suffered and how hard it is to move on from that. I also loved the little glimpses into Nick's life and how he's changing, but how that's not the focus of the story. The real meat is in Caitlin and her choices to be brave and move forward with her life.
I think the new friends Caitlin makes are ...more
I really related a lot to Diva. The characters and plot are something easily to relate to since I am also involved in the arts. The connections created through all the characters were genuinely true, there was no fake friendship made to be true. I learned after reading the book that it is the 2nd book in the Breathing Underwater series which would explain little character description in the beginning, however Alex Flinn did a great job and I easily understood the characters. ...more
I don't read Breathing Underwater yet, but I understood this poor girl has enough bad behind her. Which means she has right to act likea goose. Sorry, but are you sure you'd prosecute your ex-boyfriend just because you'll be have that moment with him in ...more
"There's only one direction in the faces that I see;
It's upward to the ceiling, where the chamber's said to be.
Like the forest fight for sunlight, that takes root in every tree.
They are pulled up by the magnet, believing that they're free.
" --Genesis, "The Carpet Crawlers" from the rock opera, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Rock opera is about as close to opera as I usually get. But my ...more
She actually used to be fat – really fat – but she went on a fat camp and shed at least 35 pounds. Then she became a pretty blond girl and eventually got a boyfriend. Too late when she realized, his boyfriend was from Hell.
Nick may have been wickedly hot, has nice car, brought flowers ...more
Just reading a spoiler and knowing that she will reconcile with Nick-makes me really, really uncomfortable. Breathing Underwater ends on a hopeful note that if he commits to therapy and is really vigilant he can stop being an abuser and break the pattern of violence his father instilled in him. But I can't believe that he is so quickly redeemed.
Just listening to the beginning of him ...more
-Caitlin. Finally, an actual likable YA novel heroine (even though some of you may beg to differ, seeing as how she's so obsessed with her weight - but that makes her even more relatable and realistic, especially for an ex-fat girl). Fresh, yet not without emotional scarring, out of an abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend Nick (read Breathing Underwater - which is an even better book, I think), I could finally see her true character in this one. Her character isn't ...more
Considering my in-between books status, I also had no idea ...more
I usually don't pick up books that seem to have a first impression of being too girly, which is a bad habit that I've been trying to shake off for ...more
Plot: This story is about a girl named Caitlin. She tries really on an ...more
I learned to read early. But I compensated for this early proficiency by absolutely refusing to read the programmed readers required by the school ...more