Review: Flat-Out Matt, by Jessica Park

Title: Flat-Out MattFlat- Out Matt
Author: Jessica Park
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he’s witty, he’s brilliant.

And he’s also very, very stupid.

When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit?

It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn.

But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most.

You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven Flat-Out Love chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie.” (description from Goodreads)


I recently read and greatly enjoyed Jessica Park’s book Flat-Out Love. I start by saying this only because Flat-Out Matt MUST…I repeat MUST…be read AFTER reading Flat-Out Love. This was a great companion book to Flat-Out Love, and I’m glad I was able to read both so close together. Also, please let me note that I do my best to not spoil any of Flat-Out Love, but it might not be totally avoidable. Read with caution.

This book was an essential addition to my enjoyment of FOL. While I enjoyed a majority of that book, the chapters in Flat-Out Matt that were told in Matt’s POV enhanced my understanding of the romance in the story. I feel that seeing the same events but from another character’s view gave new insight into things. It’s also a great story to see various side from due to the nature of things.

What was also a great part of FOM was the prequel chapters and the chapters near the end. From these chapters and the rest of the ones included in this book, I grew to admire Matt more than from FOL alone. I also think that having only a select few chapters “re-told,” instead of the entire book, was a great choice by the author. It gives just enough of what a reader might want to relive but doesn’t provide too much which could kill the enjoyment of reading something “again.

I’m not normally a reader who’d want to read a story from a different character’s point of view. For the most part, I feel that a story is told from one POV (if it’s a one POV type of book) for a reason and shouldn’t be touched, but I’m glad I picked this one up. Flat-Out Love is still in my mind even a week after finishing it. It’s story will stick with me for quite a while. Now that I’ve finished Flat-Out Matt, I feel that there’s even more to enjoy about the story/stories. Park’s book(s) will definitely be in the running for favorite books of 2013 when the time comes.


You can purchase a copy of Flat-Out Matt from:

Amazon | B&N (print only, sorry)

But please remember that Flat-Out Love SHOULD be read first, FOM is just a companion.

Amazon | B&N (print only, sorry)


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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