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Like Father, Like SonIntelligent, Popular, Handsome, And Wealthy, Sixteen Year Old Nick Andreas Is Pretty Much Perfect On The Outside, At Least What No One Knows Not Even His Best Friend Is The Terror That Nick Faces Every Time He Is Alone With His Father Then He And Caitlin Fall In Love, And Nick Thinks His Problems Are Over Caitlin Is The One Person Who He Can Confide In But When Things Start To Spiral Out Of Control, Nick Must Face The Fact That He S Gotten From His Father Than Green Eyes And Money 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 about himself and his life through the exercise I really enjoyed the character Mario and how he related to the guys in his class His story was a very sad one and I like that it was included in a book of this nature And even though it crushed me, I think it was wise of the author to include what happened to Leo and his girlfriend I think it s important to show all the bad sides of this situation and not just the ones where the person learns from what they ve done.The ending was a good one for me I like how Nick chose to continue his life and the conversation with his father I also like that there wasn t some big happy ending like sort of a normal moving on from this chapter in their lives.I think teens should get out there and read these kind of heavy hitting books and I m so impressed with the authors who are writing them. 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. 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 of books Yes, this may be real life for some, but I hope it isn t real life for my kids I want my kids to be hanging out with their friends from church, not having sex on the weekends It seems like authors that try to write like this write about the minority of high school kids I saw signs posted at the high school that we directed at that say only 3% of high school students drink alcohol regularly or something close to that They are wanting the student body to understand that NOT everyone is doing it, so it bugs me when teen literature makes it seem like everyone does meaning alcohol, sex, etc 2 I understand from a friends review that the author was compelled to write this story after working with battered women and children I can see that she is trying to get the message out there that says you are in control of your own actions and feelings You need to own up to them and take responsiblity I honestly don t see how this book is going to create change in young adults The ending was very predictable I knew as soon as the book started that he would have an ah ha moment and suddenly be better or at least be on the road to better at the end It seemed to wrapped in a pretty package to me and I think that high schoolers will see right through it When I have felt the most compelled to change in my life, it has always been situations weather listening to someone or even reading something that the spirit was there I don t think I ever once felt the spirit while reading this I think there are uplifting books on the market to get teens to understand the point the author was trying to make.3 When I was teaching in Young Womens, a talk I came across from Susan Tanner said that we don t encourage our youth to obey the standards by showing them all the ways they could disobey Meaning, we don t show them multiple examples of immodest clothing to get the point across to wear something modest I feel that same way with this book, don t show us violence and anger to get us to not do it, or to get us to change our ways I don t think the book focused enough on the message In fact, I didn t really even feel the message of the book until I read my friends review Until then, I felt like this book was about a jerk who ended up realizing his errors and wanting to change The problem is that when he wanted to change, the book was over There was no time spent on the change So this leaves readers who don t know how to change empty and just like every person who is caught in the abusive cycle knowing they need to change but not knowing how The kid in this book got lucky that he was sentenced to take this class Not many people in real life are going to voluntarily take those type of classes.So, to end, this book was fine for just reading But to create change like I suspect the author was trying to do, I think it fails miserably So folks, that is my initial gut reaction of this book I am going to sleep on it, and I may change my mind tomorrow 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 family violence class Required reading for many schools, Alex Flinn does an amazing job of portraying Nick in a way in which the reader can almost feel sorry for him I found myself rooting for him to get help and stick with his recovery program.