These superb essays focus on the role that culture, and particularly literature, has played in keeping the spirit of intellectual independence alive in Eastern and Central Europe.
Exploring a variety of issues from censorship to underground poetry, Baranczak shows why, in societies where people struggle to survive under totalitarian rule, art is believed to have the power to make things happen.
One night, in a moment of reckless exhilaration, Nick loses control and slaps her. On the witness stand, the prosecutor asks probing and difficult questions like: 'Did he rape you? ' Cait responds, unable to confess that he might still love her. In his diary, Nick reveals: 'I want to say I love you, I miss you.
Instead, I whisper, 'Fat pig,' and move on.' The novel revolves around Nick Andreas. I'll help you get her back.' Through Nick's relationship with Leo, he begins to recognize his own anger management issues. Then Leo sneaks into Neysa's room one night with a gun.
He claims to have slapped her only one time, during an argument.
He’s ordered to undergo six months of anger management counseling and to journal five-hundred words per week about his relationship with Caitlin.
Nick begins journaling by describing how he met Caitlin.
He and his friend Tom saw her as they started their sophomore year of high school.
He's a sophomore at Key Biscayne High, a fictional school in Miami-Dade County on the Southern tip of Florida. Elsa thinks Nick has a chip on his shoulder - and she's probably right. Learning of Leo's murder-suicide sparks the fatal realization in Nick. Nick finds a new group of friends at his court-mandated anger management class.
Tom Carter has been Nick's best friend since they were little kids. Nick stubbornly attends the court-mandated anger management seminar. Mario tries to impress upon the group the importance of taking responsibility for their own actions. At first, it seems like they've got a lot in common. Leo's spirits are raised when he makes up with his estranged girlfriend, Neysa. Confused and horrified, Nick gradually discovers the courage to stand up to his father: 'You're not going to hit me anymore! But when things go south for Leo, Nick starts to recognize his own destructive behavior.