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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp {Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway}

Fantasy, young adult
Publication.Date  November 10th 2015
Published By:  Kindle Press
AuthorLaurel Osterkamp

The Standout Goodreads
My review copy:From the author in exchange for an honest review

Where to get: Amazon


First Robin gets the email with its simple demand: dump your fiancé or else. Then someone puts up the slanderous Rotten Robin Website that threatens to crush her chances to win The Standout, a ballet-themed, fashion reality show. Surrounded by backstabbing co-contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can’t trust anyone, including herself.

This new psychological thriller by Laurel Osterkamp, author of The Holdout and The Next Breath, is Black Swan meets Project Runway. Get ready for a breathtaking novel about love, betrayal, tall buildings, and finding the courage to jump.


This is the story of Robin. She is a good person but has flaws. For example, she slept with her new friends husband. In her defense she didn't know he was married but that doesn't seem to matter to her friend.

Fast forward to present day. Robin and Nick are a couple. In fact, they plan to marry. For now, they live together with Nick's teenage sister. Life is nice and normal until Robin starts to receive threats that are dropped at the house and text to her. She immediately freaks out and doesn't know who could possibly be doing these things, but they put her on edge just the same.

Robin was on a reality show awhile back and lets just say, she wasn't the most liked person on the show. Lots of drama swirled around her. Now she gets called to another reality show. She agrees knowing Nick will pursue her stalker and handle things while she is away.

I found this story interesting, light hearted and a page turner. The author did a great job in developing both Robin and Nick and their relationship. I loved that Robin wasn't your perfect squeaky clean character. She made mistakes, in fact many of them. But this just made her more likeable to me. Showing a characters "real" gets me every time.

Overall, this was a great read which kept me hooked from the beginning till the very end. I would definitely recommend it to other readers. And it’s definitely made me intrigued to read Laurel's other books in this companion series.

$25 Amazon gift card (INT)
Ends Feb. 4th
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have
parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

About the Author

Laurel Osterkamp becomes very attached to her characters. The Standout, The Holdout, The

Next Breath, November Surprise, Blue State, and American Angst all feature the Bricker family,

but these books can be read in any order. Laurel teaches English and Creative Writing in

Minneapolis, where she tries to stay warm, hang out with her husband and two chatty children,

and find the time to write. Her other novels are the award-winning Following My Toes and

You can find Laurel on Twitter but she needs to work on sending clever Tweets. A better idea is

Starring in the Movie of My Life.
Follow her blog at

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