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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp Blog Tour, Personal Review and Giveaway!

Welcome to my tour stop for The Standout by Laurel Osterkamp! The Standout is a psychological thriller and is a stand alone. The tour runs January 25-29 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About the Book:

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.

***My Personal Review***

This was a great book - I literally could NOT put it down!  I was hooked from the first chapter and could not stop reading.  I love stories about stalkers and crazy people and this fits that bill perfectly - with a little bit of what seems like paranormal in there because Robin thinks the messages MIGHT be from her ex best friend who she thinks is dead.  I am also a huge fan of reality shows and Robin is a contestant on a game show called "The Standout" where she is designing beautiful outfits for ballerinas.  I really loved the way the book started out just about Robin but then morphs into a double-story about Robins ballerina model Zelda as well and her own sordid past.  I think the reason that I like Robin and Zelda are because they are such complex characters and they are flawed in ways that a lot of heroines are not and we see that immediately but still love them.  Robins fiance Nick is such a good guy but something told me from the beginning of the book that no matter what he were to find out about Robin he would still be there.  But Robin is convinced he won't and so hides things from him.  It's spellbinding to read about all the events unfolding and realizing what is really happening.  I highly recommend this book as it definitely caught my attention and made me just want to keep reading no matter what!  5 stars easily :)


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-winningFollowing My Toes and Starring in the Movie of My Life.
You can find Laurel on Twitter but she needs to work on sending clever Tweets. A better idea is to follow her blog at

$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.

 This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions


  1. Thanks so much for this opportunity to win. I look for great books for both my sisters and share with them and they would enjoy this.

  2. Thank you for your honest review, much appreciated!

  3. Thank you so much for reviewing The Standout. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it!


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