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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....
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936305025
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 531,288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

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!
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  • Posted June 21, 2013

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    This is going to be a quickie review. You want to feel ALL THE

    This is going to be a quickie review.

    You want to feel ALL THE EMOTIONS????? Read this book. Seriously, go ahead, read it. This book tackles so many hard situations it's unreal. I couldn't imagine going through the obstacles these characters have to go through. One of the biggest issues throughout the book is abuse, followed closely with addiction. If you are queasy about tough subjects, this may not be the book for you. But I do hope you give it a try, you can see just how strong this characters are.

    Parts of the book felt drug out, but when I got to the end I was glad the pacing was a little slow. It allowed more time for me to really get to know the characters, and what they are going through. I highly recommend this book if you are wanting something to test your comfort limits. There isn't anything sexually graphic, but some of the images of the abuse Leo goes through can be pretty intense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 June 4, 2012

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    Emotionally charged & incredibly compelling My summary: Leo

    Emotionally charged & incredibly compelling

    My summary: Leo is the captain of the swim team in his senior year of high school. He has a gorgeous girlfriend, Aubrey, who loves him as much as he loves her. State swim titles are within their reach. College is just a few months off and they can't wait. Leo can't wait to get away from the secret that threatens him daily. But the secret refuses to stay hidden...hidden from Aubrey...hidden from his coach....hidden from the military. As his life falls out of control, Leo must figure out how to live with the consequences of choices he didn't make but which have molded him into who he is. At the same time, Aubrey must figure out how to live her life without her father who is convicted of murder and serving a life sentence in a military prison. She is totally devoted to Leo but is shocked by the truths that trickle out. Will their love be enough to hold their lives together as things spiral out of control?


    My thoughts:

    4 stars - Emotionally charged & incredibly compelling

    So lets be honest here. I cried a lot through this book. Totally taken with Leo, I was emotionally torn to pieces at the abuse this young man endured. I wondered if it was wrong to want his abuser to die off in the story. I cringed. I screamed. I DMed someone else who had just finished the book to talk about it with. I couldn't put it down but, at times, I was afraid to read another word.

    I saw this happening around me. Though I knew it was fiction, I'm afraid it's all too real for some young people. As a teacher, I have seen students who are abused. I am trained to notice how they act. I saw this happening around me. It became very real to me.

    I love Leo. All my mother instincts were on high alert and I wanted to pull him out of the pages and protect him. I saw the flaws in the system that failed to protect Leo and fail so many children for real.

    Jennifer does an amazing job of creating an atmosphere that's completely true. From the swim team slang to the military atmosphere, this book rang true. The struggles that Leo had dealing with his abuser were right on. He loved this man but he was terrified of him. He wanted to make him proud and he wanted to be perfect to avoid the consequences of even small mistakes. Never giving himself even one little break, Leo was an incredible young man just trying to survive and do the right thing. He is a fabulous character.

    I loved the TWO skinny dipping scenes, the CS names, the devotion between Leo and Aubrey, and the mystery of the story that slowly unfolded.

    I struggled with a couple of little detail and I really think that this book should have been two. It's almost 500 pages and the story shifts quite obviously at about the mid-point. I wish it had been two books.

    This is truly an incredible read but make sure you know what you are getting into. Leo's story is not to missed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's Review of Streamline

    This book was one disappointment after another. I’m not talking about the writing or the story, I’m talking about the situations that happen in this book, Streamline. Just when I thought that something else couldn’t possibly go wrong, a turn of the page brought on another horrible incident.

    The main character, Leo Scott, just can’t seem to catch a break. Suffering from extreme child abuse at home, Leo (as well as the rest of his family) must find strength from within to overcome the difficult and multiple obstacles that keep happening to him. I can only imagine just how deep he has to search within himself to keep his head above ground. I found myself continuously shaking my head and wondering how much more Leo can possibly handle.

    Although I found this book to be very long, Streamline is such an emotional and gripping read that will leave readers breathless. Author, Jennifer Lane, has created such a captivating story that I don’t think that anyone who reads Streamline will walk away without holding on to a little piece of this story. I couldn’t help but be caught up in the lives of all the characters, and read as they live through the pain and burdens they hold deep within.

    I loved reading about how the different characters in the book were some sort of anchor for another character. That without the other, they would drown in their misery. I loved watching the love between Leo and Audrey grow and expand into something beautiful. It was so interesting to watch how the child abuse not only affected the immediate family, but also how it touched the lives of everyone else associated with the Scott family.

    I thought that I was going to have a hard time understand the lingo used by swimmers when describing the technical actions used by these athletes, or the jargon used by the Navy, but the way Lane incorporated them into the story made it easier to follow along and keep up with what was going on. I’ve always been aware of how members in the army and navy consider each other as family, but Streamline solidified that fact for me. It was very touching to see just how far people would go to keep Leo safe.

    I also found it very humorous and clever to see the different ways in which Lane can come up with a variety of different meanings of the acronym “CS”, (which initially stands for Commander Scott) such as Cast Iron-Skillet or Constipated Stool-sample. It provided a lot of much needed humour in darker situations.

    If you’re looking for a book that will make you open your eyes wider to those around you, or a read that might possibly change your life, I would recommend you pick up a copy of Streamline today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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%)

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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!

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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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    Posted January 22, 2014

    Stormpaw dreampaw cuddlepaw and candlekit

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    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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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Streamline was definitely a roller coaster for me. The story mos

    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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