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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.

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Breathing underwater is much better

That said, this book has its purpose and it's nice to see this character land on her feet. SPOILERS ---

I'm glad that Caitlin and her mom end up in a good place. That's the best part of the book. There are a lot of loose ends. Misty? Where was that going? The scene where she and Nick reconnect in the car and then they're both just like nahhhh, never mind. That's unrealistic. That's the most idealistic way that could've possibly been portrayed. It was irritating that the blog posts constantly had 0 comments. I kept thinking there was going to be a comment at some point. It's strange that we don't get to hear anything about Caitlin dealing with the aftermath of am abusive relationship. It would have been nice if she'd been in counseling and we got to hear about that. It's bizarre how Nick ends up just hanging with all his friends again like nothing happened. It was bizarre that Caitlin's mom decided to show her daughter that her dad never paid a cent just to prove a point. It's weird there's no reckoning with Ashley or Peyton. It's weird we don't hear more about what's going on with Saint and what happened or why they broke up. There was so much I wanted cleared up, but I didn't get it. This book doesn't have the intensity or the page turning drama that breathing underwater has, but it's still good.

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Not a gripping story, but a good read...

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.