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Alex Flinn is a diva!

Alex Flinn's latest YA is a bit of a change of pace. DIVA tells the story of Caitlin, the young woman who was the target of the abuse of Nick, the main character of BREATHING UNDERWATER. However, this is not Caitlin tells all from her perspective about Nick and his abusive behavior. Rather, this is Caitlin post break up. She is moving on with her life, auditioning for a performing arts school where her love of and talent for opera will not be mocked. It is tough for Caitlin to separate her past from the present, but her desire to become a true diva, an opera singer, drives her to move beyond her comfort zone. Caitlin keeps an online journal which provides readers with some insight into her inner thoughts and feelings. Life is not easy simply because Nick is out of the picture. There is much more to her healing process, and much more she needs to settle in her life. Kids need not have read BREATHING UNDERWATER to enter Caitlin's world though those who have read the first novel will, IMHO, see more of the layers of this novel.


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