Breathing Underwater Notes

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Breathing Underwater Notes LIFE OF THE AUTHOR Alex Flinn grew up in Syosset, New York, a small town on Long Island, New York and lived in Miami, Florida. When she was five years old, her mother suggested that she should be an author. "I guess I must have nodded or something because, from that point on, every poem I ever wrote in school was submitted to Highlights or Cricket magazine. I was collecting rejection slips at age seven!" High school was spent in Miami 's various "gifted and talented" performing arts programs. She studied opera in college and was a really loud, high pitched soprano. She later went on to study law at law school. It was the latter experience which probably helped her with her first novel. Breathing Underwater deals with the serious and all-too-common problem of dating violence. Alex based the book on her experiences interning with the State Attorney's Office and volunteering with battered women. Alex started writing an early draft of Breathing Underwater in college. But when she had her first daughter, she started writing it in earnest. "I was self-taught. I went to the library and took out books on writing. Then, I read a lot of young-adult novels by writers I admired, particularly Richard Peck. Reading his books is like listening to Mozart -- you learn the right way to write a novel. Then, you fill in your own style." Alex currently lives in Palmetto Bay, a Miami suburb, with her husband, Gene, and her daughters, Katie and Meredith. BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE NOVEL Nick Andreas, a sixteen year old high school student, lives with his father in the small town of Key Biscayne, somewhere off the Atlantic coast near Miami, Florida. Nick is described as being an Abercrombie and Fitch kid who is well privileged and has everything handed to them. Unfortunately, Nick has been handed a situation that he does not want. Nick has ended up in
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course ENG Eng135 taught by Professor Dean during the Spring '11 term at DeVry Addison.

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