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May 08, 2012

Blog Tour: Streamline by Jennifer Lane review - Farah



Hello Everyone! Thank to AToMR Book Tours I got to participate in the "Streamline" Blog Tour! A debut novel by the author "Jennifer Lane" ! If you saw before, we were also part of the Launch Party for Streamline! Our blog tour stop is a review of the book!



Title: Streamline
Author: Jennifer Lane
Publication date: March 27th, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult 
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Source: Blog Tour
Format: e-Book
Pages: 460
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.
Streamline was definitely a roller coaster for me. The story mostly revolved around Leo, who's the main protagonist. Leo is a professional swimmer at his high school. He has a swimmer girlfriend, Audery, who are both on the team. Leo competes with his friends, and  leads a normal school life. Through reading, I never expected the horror that awaits him at home. Despite it's romantic and cute cover, Streamline was without doubt a contemporary novel with an intense, dire, and potent plot. 
Leo's dad works in the navy, therefore his personality can be considered as very cold. Leo's house feels like a military itself. His dad is very strict, to the point that if Leo makes a mistake, his father abuses him.  Jennifer Lane clearly describes the thoughts and feelings of an abuser and the abused. Reading the detailed content made it very believable and realistic. The story at first was very interesting, but then it felt draggy. I felt that some parts were too detailed, that I felt like just skimming through the book. It the story was 300 p ages instead of 500, I would have probably enjoyed it more. I felt there were many unnecessary parts. Leo is a swimmer, why did he have to go to the army? That part totally bored me, and I wished the author didn't write the story that way. The parts in the navy were too strict and boring for me. At some point, everything just felt too depressing for me. I did hope it had more fun parts in it.
Overall, I really do think that Jennifer Lane did a great job with her research and writing this story. Though if she excluded some parts, I know for sure I would have enjoyed it much more! Streamline is definitely a story that will open up your eyes and teach you a little bit more about life. It was a great read, and I recommend it to the contemporary readers out there!
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3 comments:

  1. Hi Farah, thank you for your review and for being part of the tour--I really appreciate your time.

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  2. I noticed that you didn't include Leo's interaction with other characters..were there any?

    But great review. It sounds something close to Sarah Dessen's Lock and Key, but with the romance.

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    1. thats the thing. The main characters were just leo, his gf, and his family. I would say it was a bit more... whats the word... dense? than lock and key..
      but overall a great read!

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