Many young teens will relate to story of Caitlin McCourt, a talented 16-year-old opera singer who desperately wants to attend a performing arts school in Miami. But once there, life is not what she thought it would be, and her struggles - with peers, her weight, and her mother - don't get any easier. Yet Caitlin does begin to find her true self, and she blossoms despite the formidable odds. Listeners will enjoy this tale of a realistic, sympathetic character, rendered in perfect teenage tones by performer A. Savalas.
In Diva, the companion to Alex Flinn's YA novel Breathing Under Water, Caitlin is dealing with a lot. She's living through the aftermath of an abusive relationship, she has a youth-obsessed mother who just doesn't understand her, and she's on a constant yo-yo diet to live up the standards of her nitpicking friends.
All Caitlin wants is to escape her not-so-glamorous life and pursue her dream of becoming a singer, but when she's accepted into the Miami High School of the Arts, her life doesn't magically become perfect. Yet despite some struggles to keep up with her competitive classmates and the distraction of cute new crush, Caitlin never loses her sense of humor and eventually gains the confidence to achieve her goals.
Perfect for fans of such books as Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.
©2006 Alex Flinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am a huge fan of the prequel to this book, "Breathing Underwater". I think everyone should read it! This story pales in comparison to the prequel, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Flinn did a good job creating a likeable character while showing what it would be like to put the pieces of your life back together after being in an abusive relationship. I also enjoyed Flinn's depiction of what it would be like in the performing arts world.
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