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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    WOW! What a read! There was not a vampire or paranormal creatur


    WOW! What a read! There was not a vampire or paranormal creature in sight, just two boys that were born into a family that caused them so much pain.

    This is a tale of so much physical and mental pain, abuse, love, betrayal, fear, regret, addiction, secrets and tissue worthy moments.

    I had to sit for a bit after reading this book. Jennifer has managed to really bring the broken, damaged characters to life before your eyes.

    Leo Scott and Jason Scott are brothers. They have been beaten many times by their father a Commander in the Navy. This is their story. It is mostly told from Leo’s POV, but Jason has his moments to share with us, his heartache, and what drove him to his addiction.

    We work out pretty early Jason’s very broken. It takes the reader longer to see how broken and damaged Leo is. He hides his pain and punishment very well and mentally it gets buried deep. It is heart breaking reading about a father who is so violent he puts Leo in the hospital .

    He loses his spleen.

    He is a tortured soul who is crying out for help and making a lot of mistakes along the way.

    Leo does not realise it’s ok not to be perfect. It’s ok to muck up. A mistake does not warrant a fist, a split lip, black eye, repeated kicks to the stomach......hospitalisation. Leo has no choice. He knows when he will get a beating and there is nothing, he can do about it, but take it until his body gives out, he goes unconscious . Then the pain is gone....... for a little while.

    We follow Leo and his journey from the swim team to the Naval Academy. This is where his story really unfolds. Jennifer writes life in a naval academy very real, to me. I have not ever stepped foot in one, but I got the feel of the discipline and strength these kids must have, to last. This is a tough, tough academy, I wouldn’t last five minutes.

    Audrey is Leo’s girlfriend. They are both on the swim team, this is how they met. Swimming is Leo’s outlet. He feels good when he is swimming. Audrey and Leo have a deep love. Their love shines through this story. They also have a secret that nearly gets Leo killed.

    I love the sub characters who are in Leo’s life and who are rooting for him, Matt the swim coach, Marcus the councelor, Dr Ina who wants to understand Leo and Jason who wants to now be there for his little brother. Jason is older, and made enough mistakes of his own. He has a life to get back on track and his girlfriend Cameron is there for him.

    The people who care, no matter how much you don’t care about your own life, are the angels of these types of stories.

    It’s easy to judge why their mother didn’t put a stop to the beatings, I am trying to understand. The Commander is a very strong, fierce character, and one to be feared. I think mentally she was just beaten. I just have trouble with Leo lying in a pool of blood, it took near death for her to step up and do what she should have done years earlier.

    This is a story of damaged lives that find each other, and they come together to reveal a deathly secret.

    FAVE QUOTE:

    “I miss my father too,” Leo rasped, then forged ahead. The words tumbled out as his voice hitched with tears. “I wanted you to do the right thing for once. You always told me to do the right thing, but you never did — you never thought about anyone but yourself. You beat me when I needed a hug. You criticized me when I needed praise. I just wanted you to be proud of me. It was stupid…a stupid little-boy wish that will never come true.”

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    This review is so hard for me to write. To be honest, and this i

    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%)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    This book is SO GREAT!! Its a wonderfully written story that cha

    This book is SO GREAT!! Its a wonderfully written story that challenges how looks can be decieving and that sometimes life can give you the worse of terms but you can still rise above it and make something out of it. You see the how people are from the oustide and you have your opinions from that but this book makes you see that what you see is not always what is inside. The brightest of perfection can hold the darkness of evil. You will be taken by the struggle that captures these young people, and their journey to find their way amid the many challenges that are thrust upon them. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! Great Read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 22, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Mintpaw

    Yes. I use to be stormpaw but then another came on so i changed my name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Stormpaw dreampaw cuddlepaw and candlekit

    Need to be upgraded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Celestialkit

    Im six moons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Darkmoon

    Okay for ceremonies.%Mintpaw for assesment to become warrior. Shade needs a warrior name. Celestialkit needs to be made apprentice%###+@-*

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