Streamline by Jennifer Lane
Published: March 2012
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.
What an emotional journey! I don’t think I have ever cried over a character so much in my life. It got to the point where I was asking “What could happen next?” and inevitably something would happen that would make me sad again.
The story is mostly about a high school student named Leo. He and his girlfriend Aubrey are on the swim team. Both of them have very different family lives. Aubrey’s dad is in a military prison for committing a murder that he doesn’t remember doing because he was drunk. Leo’s dad is in the Navy and the way he keeps his sons in line is by beating them. Leo’s older brother Jason has already left so it is just Leo who has to deal with the abuse whenever he gets out of line. In order to help him deal with the pain Leo becomes addicted to his mom’s pain pills.
While their dad is out of town, Jason comes home for a visit. He accidently discovers Leo’s addiction and along with their mom, tries to get Leo the help he needs. Unfortunately Their dad finds out and comes home sooner than expected…
This book cover a lot of the issues teens and adults are facing now: drugs, child abuse, rape, alcohol, murder, abortion, miscarriage, affairs, attempted suicide and more. It also covers important things like love and forgiveness. This touching story really shows that in the end you can make the right decisions and you can move on from your past.