“He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.
So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.
Complicated? Awkward? Completely.
But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.
But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.” (description from Amazon)
Flat-Out Love was a great book for me to have picked up. It was hard to put down and very easy to get back into a steady reading pace the few times I had to put it down.
This story really stood out to me as an original and enjoyable read the whole way through. While I was able to make strong assumptions of the outcome, early in the novel, it was the journey to the actual reveal and confirming/disproving my assumptions that might have been the best part. It was less of “wow, I figured this book out. I don’t want to read it now” and much more “Could this really be the situation? I NEED to know. It’d be great if this was what’s going on.” I was impressed by just how much thought had to go into making this story work with the complicated back-story, the unique and dysfunctional Watkins family, and coming-of-age growth that Julie’s character went through.
The characters definitely made for an enjoyable read. My favorite of the book is probably Celeste. She has her issues and definitely adds some awkwardness to situations, but her intelligence and dialogue are what really make her a favorite of mine. Like the rest of the family, she’s smart, but she’s also funny in her own way. Also, even though she’s only in her early teens, she shows maturity well beyond her age. Definitely wouldn’t have been as great of a book without her. There wouldn’t have been a reason to read about Flat Finn without Celeste either. And he’s a very unique character as well. Despite his “flat” name, Flat Finn is very dynamic…but I’ll let the readers fin the pun in that themselves.
Bottom-line: Flat-Out Love is a great book to pick up. I can see what so many people have enjoyed about it, and I am looking forward to experiencing more of Park’s writing.
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About the Author:
Jessica Park is the author of the young adult novels FLAT-OUT LOVE and RELATIVELY FAMOUS; five Gourmet Girl mysteries (written as Jessica Conant-Park); and the e-shorts FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD and WHAT THE KID SAYS (Parts 1 & 2).
Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy addictions to Facebook, Rick Springfield, and super-sweet coffee beverages.
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