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 re. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn. Flashback; Ex: “Me. Sixth grade. Looking like I might explode out of y jeans any second at middle-school. Breathing Underwater was Flinn’s first novel. It was originally published in and was chosen a Top 10 ALA.

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For most people, the word “diva” means brilliant, talented, over-the-top, and glamorous. I, however, seemed to be trapped in the not-very-glamorous life of a cheerleader wannabe with serious ex-boyfriend issues and a permanent yo-yo diet. All I had to do was convince my mother, the cosmetics. All I had to do was convince my mother, the cosmetics salesperson with epically bad taste in clothes and men, that going downtown to hang with the music geeks was a good idea.

I had to blackmail her to be able to do it, but I’m here—a diva-in-training—and I’m not so sure I can cut it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Diva by Alex Flinn. 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.

Hardcoverpages. Published October 1st by HarperTeen first published September 21st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Divaplease sign up. Is this book a sequel to Breathing Underwater? Does it have anything to do with those characters?

It is more like a companion novel because Nick is now in the background and we see from Caitlin’s aalex of view a little while after …more Yes, technically. It is more like a companion novel because Nick is now in the background and we see from Caitlin’s point of view a little while after the last novel ended. Lists with This Book. This isn’t as good as Breathing Underwaterwhich is the companion novel that tells the “before” part of the story, where Nick actually abuses Caitlin.

This picks up right where that book ended, just as Caitlin starts at her new performing arts high school in Miami. It’s told through Caitlin’s eyes, which is really quite interesting.

This is a worthwhile read and I appreciate that Alex Flinn goes into the nitty-gritty and truly tackles emotional issues instead of just glossing over them like a l This isn’t as good as Breathing Underwaterwhich is the companion novel that tells the fflinn part of the divz, where Nick actually abuses Caitlin. Divaa is a worthwhile read and I appreciate that Alex Flinn goes into the nitty-gritty and truly tackles emotional issues instead of just glossing over them like a lot of YA novelists do.

However, I found these characters to have fewer redeeming qualities than than those in Breathing Underwater. Caitlin’s mom, for example, is completely unlikable for me. Even towards the end of fllnn book I mostly wanted to smack her and I didn’t really feel much empathy towards her. I thought Caitlin was much more three-dimensional here than she was in Breathing Underwater but there were still times where she fell flat for me. I’m not sure where the title “Diva” actually came from.

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Caitlin’s no diva and I had a hard time thinking that the kids at the performing arts school saw her that way in the beginning. I liked Sean but Gigi seemed like she wasn’t fleshed-out enough and a diba at times. I like that Nick made appearances in this book because I was curious about him. dia

I hated the whole Arnold subplot. I enjoyed reading Caitlin’s side of things even though her annoying way of writing her blog entries “OMG she wanted 2 go 2 the mall” was distracting. I liked that at the end she did make choices based on what was best for her.

So, I recommend reading Breathing Underwater first because it’s incredibly powerful despite the fact that it’s very emotionally draining. Then, glinn you’re curious to read about Caitlin, go ahead and read this. I wouldn’t recommend read this first because I think it’ll seem kind of underwhelming without all that previous context. Sep slex, Cassi Davila rated it did not like it.

This book was a horrible sequel. Alex Flinn did amazing at capturing the side of the young man’s point aex view, but failed to capture the hurt that Caitlin was still going through. She makes it seem like its too easy to get over a situation like that. Feb 13, Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it.

Caitlin wants to be a diva—the kind who sings opera while being showered with roses. She has the voice and the training for it—what remains to be seen is whether she can overcome her shyness and insecurity. Aex do get to see more of his recovery and learn more of slex becomes of their relationship, but this book firmly belongs to Caitlin.

In some ways, it is almost as if Flinn wanted to go back and give her character a happy ending—or at least a happier one. She starts out the novel in the clutches of her new friends, cheerleaders who obsess over every calorie and are alx catty as they come.

Caitlin rightly decides she needs to escape from both these new friends and from the constant presence of Nick against whom she still has a restraining order.

She makes the escape by pursuing one of her dreams. She auditions for and then attends a performing arts high school where she is flonn by other kids with similar interests and dreams to herself. Diva is a very readable book written firmly to its target teen audience. While the talk of makeup and fashion may give it more appeal to girls, there is stuff for boys as well. There are some clashes with a catty girl at school, but nothing that presents a severe distraction to her.

It is Caitlin who holds herself back. The relationship with her mother is complex and interesting.

It glinn rather well the interplay between a teenage girl and her mother, neither of whom can quite connect even when they want to. The resentments and assumptions that both carry keep getting in the way. Flinn does grant them a little bit of a break-through, but only enough that is realistic for the characters and relationship established.

Diva explores many issues that are of relevance to teenagers, foremost among them the obsessions with dating and weight. It takes Caitlin a long time to figure out dlva pounds is not fat nor is it any reason to panic.

She keeps a daily record of her weight in an online journal and obsesses over every bite she consumes.

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. However, life continues to throw her curves which make her realize that there are other things in life than just dating, a lesson she learns even before her mother does. Diva is an easy-to-read book with a streak of breathy humor running throughout it. Alex Flinn does an excellent job of writing an entertaining story that gives teenagers something to think and talk about without lecturing or talking down to them.

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Review first posted at Epinions. Oct 24, Hannah Timm rated it it was amazing. I really related a lot to Diva. The characters and plot are something easily to relate to since I am also involved in the arts. The connections created through all the characters were genuinely true, there was no fake friendship made to be true. I learned after reading the book that it is the 2nd book in the Breathing Underwater series which would explain little character description in the beginning, however Alex Flinn did a great job and I easily understood the characters.

Overall, I really loved Diva and I am excited to have finally read a book about the arts.

DIVA by Alex Flinn | Kirkus Reviews

Caitlin is a talented opera singer who is accepted and transfers to Miami School of Arts to escape her abusive ex-boyfriend. At auditions she meets an equally talented opera singer, Sean, who she starts falling for. When she arrives, she feels like an outcast because she is not a triple threat.

She can not dance or act and is very nervous about her weight. To top it off her mom, a want to be teenager, begins to date a married man while living off her ex-husband.

Sean and Gigi help Caitlin become more comfortable and develop her into a triple threat. After spending so much time with him, Caitlin realizes Sean is gay. She is heartbroken but continues to be best friends with him. Her vocal instructor also offers her the option to try out for a summer opera camp in New York which Caitlin turns down, but then accepts. Caitlin also solves things out with her ex-boyfriend and develops a better relationship with her mom, who also figures out her boy troubles.

Diva has well-developed characterization and snappy dialogue. In the beginning of the book, Caitlin is a heartbroken, shy girl. Once she gets to the Arts school she meets Gigi and Sean and starts to develop confidence in herself and her singing. Caitlin develops stronger relationships with her mom after talking through their own relationships.

In the end, Caitlin is a successful performer with a promising future. I recommend this book to readers involved in the arts and who love drama, of all kinds. This solid story should be read by all worrisome performers in middle school or high school. It is told in a girls perspective so more girls may like this book over boys. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Aug 22, Lofinka rated it it was ok Shelves: Caitlin is a sixteen years old girl, who enjoys singing opera. But anyone who equips opera, equips fat singer.