Streamline by Jennifer Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review through ATOMR Tours
Genre: YA Contemporary
Age recommendation: 16+
Book Description: Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone.
Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter-her father-is in prison for murder.
Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line . . . streamline.
My thougths: Leo and Audrey are a dynamic couple. Both have a difficult life, yet seem to rise above the trials in their path. Leo has an abusive father and Audrey's father is in prison for murder. I really felt for and liked both characters
The word that comes to mind is stunning. I was stunned at the conflicts that they must overcome. I was stunned at the depth and grace that Jennifer was able to portray them in their trials. I was stunned with the amount of knowledge of swimming and human nature that Jennifer has to pull this book off.
This book deals with some very sensitive and tough subjects. While I read about the horrific events my thoughts were riveted and I wanted to know more. The book came to a satisfying conclusion that was full of hope.
I would recommend this book to readers 16+. Some of the images are disturbing. There are also sexual situations.
About Jennifer: (taken from Goodreads) People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head!
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love and empathy. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and is currently at work on the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.
Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head