Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blog Tour: STREAMLINE, by Jennifer Lane

Welcom to The Bookish Babe's stop on the STREAMLINE Blog Tour. This tour is hosted by the lovely ladies at AToMR Book Tours. You can find the complete schedule here.  My stop inclued a review of STREAMLINE and information about the giveaway hosted by the author.

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. ~From GoodReads

This review is so hard for me to write. To be honest, and this is a little embarrassing, I'm tearing up just thinking about it STREAMLINE. It has been enlightening and thought-provoking, to say the very least. So I'm not going to recap the synopsis. I'm not going to dissect the characters. I just want to touch on the impact of STREAMLINE.

The issues that are touched upon in the story: family, substance abuse, teen relationships, trust, honor...they were all dealt with in an amazingly realistic, unglossed manner. The thread of the story that impacted me most was that of domestic abuse. As the child of a child of abuse, my heart literally aches. The author's detail is unflinching. Not only does the story put abuse in the spotlight, but it also delves into the reasons the victim feels shame, responsiblity and sometimes can't walk away. I personally appreciate that that angle of abuse, the victim's, was delved into. Many times, when a situation becomes to painful, we look away. I couldn't look away and I appreciate that this story gave me so many insights into the mindset of the victim.

STREAMLINE is also a love story. A beautiful, sweet, and touching love story. Leo and his girlfriend, Audrey, are the kind of couple that I love to read about. They are a true match, a team. Their relationship is basically healthy, honest, and doesn't revolve around drama. They are quick to apologize and to forgive. Audrey and Leo are a couple that I'll hold close and won't soon forget.

Ultimately, STREAMLINE is a story of love and triumph. It's a story that could have tremendous impact on anyone, but especially a teen in a precarious situation. I would love to see available to every teen.To give those who are troubled hope and encouragement, to give those who encounter the troubled, empathy and understanding.  I intend to recommend it to as many people as possible.

Favorite Quote:

"The bleeding was swift and sharp. It left Leo dazed on the floor, bleeding from the lip and moaning. His head pounded with each beat of his heart. As he watched his father stalk away in disgust, Leo realized the irony of his dad teaching him not to be violent by beating the crap out of him." 
(ebook, 7%)

"Unencumbered by sopping clothing and unburdened of family worries, Leo felt what Audrey had tried to describe: liberated and uninhibited." (ebook, 59%)

Published March 27th 2012 by Omnific Publishing    

You can purchase STREAMLINE at:
Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Barnes & Noble (Best Price!)

Source: A review copy was provided by publisher.

Author Jennifer Lane is giving one lucky winner a $20 giftcard of the winner's choosing (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) at her blog. Go here to enter.


  1. Wow, Andrea...what a beautiful review. I'm honored you said this about the impact of Streamline: "To give those who are troubled hope and encouragement, to give those who encounter the troubled, empathy and understanding". Thanks so much for taking the time to read, review, and be part of the blog tour.

  2. Thanks for the review Andrea :) ! Streamline sounds seriously amazing and I asbolutely love this cover .. I look forward to read this book :)

  3. I am not surprised that this book brought you to tears. I haven't read it, but knowing Jen, she delves deep into the psychological and environmental side of things, and that can always open the flood gates. I definitely plan to read this!

  4. I think your review was perfect! You captured the essence of the story perfectly. :) I forgot to add Jen Lane's giveaway. oops. better go add now.

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  6. What a fantastic review!! It really sounds very touching and emotional. It sounds like a fantastic book.

  7. How interesting. At first I thought this was related to Mara Dyer because of the cover lol

    Then the summary just didn't grab me but your review did. I particularly liked your description of the couple and how they are taking on their issues together. I love issue focused storylines but sometimes they are not written well when a romance is present.

    I am adding this to the TBR pile.

  8. omg it totally sounds like a tear jerker for sure but we need those now and again. That cover is just ....awesome doesn't seem enough to cover it! Keep um coming Andrea! Another for my TBR!

  9. I'm just going to get the box of tissues ready when I start this book. I just know it's going to tear me up! It's been on my TBR & I'll will be getting this one very soon. Wonderful review Andrea.

  10. This sounds really good. Your review was actually making me tear up a little!

  11. Great review. I definitely want to go and read this.

  12. I hadn't heard of this one before today, but I am dying to read it now. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  13. Amazing review! I'm glad you enjoyed Streamline, it seems like it touched you very personally. It sounds like a beautiful and powerful novel.


  14. A great review. STREAMLINE looks amazing.


  15. Sounds like a really good read Twinsie! You are such an awesome reviewer! You kick ass!

  16. Wow, what an amazing review. I got teary-eyed just reading it. Thanks for sharing!

  17. awww This sounds really sad but good. I thought it was going to be about romance and swimming lol I love the cover! Sounds like Leo goes through some pretty traumatic stuff but I like that the romance does sound good. I love couples that are a great match and help each other without dishonesty and drama.

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