I had to blackmail her to do it, but I’m here, a diva wannabe and not so sure I can cut it. “Flinn turns a fine eye on the seemingly never-ending mother-daughter. Breathing Underwater was Flinn’s first novel. It was originally published in and was chosen a Top 10 ALA. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn. Flashback; Ex: “Me. Sixth grade. Looking like I might explode out of y jeans any second at middle-school.

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DIVA by Alex Flinn | Kirkus Reviews

He sings through her, inside her, making his voice come through hers. Just saw The Barber of Seville. Like some teens know do not get so along with their parents.

I lfinn like how the author handled the end part. Maybe good enough to get a dessert named after me someday Peaches Melba was named after a diva or maybe a town. You don’t have to be Apr 20, Macklin rated it really liked it. I based the book on my experiences interning with the State Attorney’s Office and volunteering with battered women.

Maybe even good enough to get into this school. She is heartbroken but continues to be best friends with him. Then I watch his back until he is totally swallowed up by the glare. This story gives an exquisite alrx lesson that,”Love doesn’t have eyes for external ugliness,it only seeks internal beauty” [10] [11]. I loved how this book ended with a better relationship with her mother.

That so did not make me feel better. Many of these are playfully alluded to in portions of the book, particularly the chat room transcripts in which the character of Kyle talks to other teens who have been transformed into creatures. Most people think opera is a weird thing. Caitlin is a lesson to Nick and the other way around.


This is who I am. Looking like I might explode out of my jeans any second, at middle school orientation. For your own good. Sep 20, Cassi Davila rated it did not like it. There is a companion to Breathing Underwater, in Caitlin’s viewpoint. Diva is an easy-to-read book with a streak diba breathy humor running throughout it.

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People at school pick on him. At a book signing, Alex Flinn says she hopes that girls who read Diva will take from it that there is something more to life than boyfriends. And in ways so much easier. But ales worry about needing to read that book before reading DIVA. I was okay with that. Michael finds refuge at a traveling carnival and also falls in love with a fellow carny, Kirstie. We get Caitlin obsessing, wince-inducingly, over her weight, and typing in her online journal, with lots of text-speak.

All I had to do was convince my mother, the cosmetics For most people, the word “diva” means brilliant, talented, over-the-top, and glamorous. I now know why flin was standing up there with the teachers, like he belonged there. I’ve already acquaint you. Want to Read saving…. Ale Flinn did amazing at capturing the side of the young man’s point of view, but failed to capture the hurt that Caitlin was still going through.

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I joined the kids in the corner, and Mom sat down. Ordered by the judge to write about his relationship, Nick tells of falling in love with her, and the eventual time when his anger took over and he hit her. Jun 17, Tiana alwx it really liked it Shelves: This was again a pleasant surprise.

I think everyone should read it! Many young teens will relate to story of Caitlin McCourt, a talented year-old opera singer who desperately wants to attend a performing arts school in Miami. You heard what she said. I usually don’t pick up books that seem to have a first impression of being alxe girly, which is a bad habit that I’ve been trying to shake off for awhile now I know, I know!

It’s not something that I can put down of paper and expect anyone to actually fully grasp what I’m rambling on about.

I hated the whole Arnold subplot. Since everyone idva her kingdom is angry at her for touching the spindle, she persuades Jack to take her back to his Miami home, where she enters a modern world, replete with South Beach models and Jell-O shots.

Breathing Underwater was Flinn’s first novel. His only company is his housekeeper, Magda, and, at his request, a blind tutor named Will. I stare at her.