Welcome to Journey with Books Blog! Today, I am featuring Streamline by Jennifer Lane. This wonderful blog tour was organized by AToMR Tours. Through this fab blog tour we're all going to find out what Streamline is all about! And now, we're going to know more about Audrey Rose the heroine from Streamline!
Character Interview with Audrey:
• I’m sure being a high school swim star has its pressures. Does anything overwhelm you or do you take most things in stride?
I feel overwhelmed all the time! Some days I’m on the verge of tears but being with Leo helps calm me down.
• You dad is in prison. Has this hindered you in any way or pushed more to succeed?
*looks down* It’s been really tough. I wish I was strong enough to use his conviction as a way to be a better person, but I can’t stop thinking about how awful it is for him. I miss him…especially at swim meets. And my mom hasn’t been around much either, so…
• How did you and Leo meet? What was your first impression of him?
*small smile creeps in* His family moved to Pensacola when we were both…ten, I think? Anyway, he was always really quiet. It was also weird how he referred to our coach as “sir” all the time—I thought he was kind of uptight. I spent most of my time hanging out with Elaine and Alex, so I didn’t know Leo that well. Then one night after practice—I think I was fifteen—Elaine and I snuck into the pool to go…*giggles*…skinny dipping. We were doing some stupid synchronized swimming moves and Leo caught us! I about died. We made him turn around so we could get our towels. I was booking it to the locker room when he stopped me and told me I needed to work on my technique. At first I thought he was being kind of mean, but then I realized he was flirting with me. I’m a little dense sometimes.
• What do you admire the most about Leo?
Hmm. The first thing that comes to mind is his eyes. They’re so pretty. But I guess that’s sort of shallow…I also like how smart he is. But really, the biggest thing is his heart. He’s got a huge heart—he is so sweet and caring.
• What bugs you the most about Leo?
You know how they say that your greatest strength can be your greatest weakness? Well, I love Leo’s kindness, but sometimes he’s way too self-sacrificial. He gets himself in trouble because he’s always trying to save everyone around him. He’s got issues!
• What is one thing you would do differently if you could?
That’s a no-brainer. I would’ve stopped my dad from drinking that night we were at the Scotts for the July 4th party. I don’t care if Dad would’ve been mad or embarrassed. He’s always taught me to be responsible but he acted so irresponsibly that night. I wish someone would’ve stopped him!
• If you could have one wish come true, what would it be?
Oh my gosh, that’s a hard question. I think it would be to take that baby bracelet I gave Leo and one day slide it on the chubby little wrist of Leo’s son. Our son. That would be so awesome.
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1ST edition (March 27, 2012)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
Warning: This book should be read by older/mature teens because of the sensitivity of the issues discussed inside the book.
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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!
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love and empathy. She is the author of The CONduct Series---romantic suspense for adult readers---and is currently at work on the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young adults, but she's found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.
Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.