I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Omnific Publishing on March 27th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
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.
If I had one word to describe Streamline, it would be dramatic. Everything that could go wrong does, and the consequences are problematic to say the least. We have Leo Scott, who is captain of the swimming team, boyfriend to Audrey, brother to Jason and son to Ina and James Scott. He’s the golden boy of school, well-liked, handsome and intelligent as well as athletic. In comes his father James who is a CO (Commanding Officer) of the US Navy, proud, violent and out of control, he keeps his son Leo on a tight leash. The violence starts and I finally heaved a sigh of relief when it ended. I must warn you some scenes are so detailed that I couldn’t help but skip it due to the brutality.
With the dark, there’s always the light and that comes in the form of Audrey. Smart, kind and completely devoted to Leo, she stands by him through the good and the bad. I felt they were practically married even if they were only high school seniors. Their love was definite and sweet. You could feel their love for each other leap across the pages. I loved it! Kudos to the ever intense story line that FINALLY picked up in the end. I saw it coming and you could just feel it unravel when all hell broke loose.
Jennifer Lane writes well and considering there are multiple characters it included multiple viewpoints which is unique in a YA novel. I did get confused as to which character was talking, who was thinking what, etc. Maybe if it was kept between two viewpoints it would have been simpler to read. I couldn’t remember all the characters names so that gave me a reason to flip back and find out who it was. That wasn’t so easy reading on my iPad, but I managed in the end. I also thought the book was rather long. Most chapters could have been shortened down because I believe it didn’t add significance to the story. A story full of teenage pregnancies, abortion, violence, mild rape, adultery, and you have yourselves a soap opera worth reading about. Streamline isn’t all about the trials of swimming, it’s much more deeper than that.