Friday, June 24

Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

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Title: Flat-Out Love

By: Jessica Park

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Self Published (April 11, 2011)

My Copy: Author provided Ebook for review

BookWhisperer Rating: 5 button copy

About the book:

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.
Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.
When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.
And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.
To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well ... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Reviews Plate Flat-Out Love is a heart stopping love story that took my breath away. This young girl that finds herself about to begin college, and homeless after being scammed through the internet. Luckily, a family that happens to be her mother college buddy takes her in. Julie seems to make a sudden acclimation into this family. I was impressed by the author’s ability to keep this from seeming unrealistic. It was entertaining to see the seeming sibling banter between Julie and Matt, and the older sister role that Julie embraces with Celeste. As the story begins to unravel the courage is evident in Julie to embrace the situation; rather than move on. She becomes determined to find a way to help Celeste and the rest of her family. She is aware that everything happening with Celeste is not only a danger to her, but Matt as well in that he no longer has a life of his own. Knowing full well that this was a romance novel; the author was creative in establishing relations with various characters. Readers will question “Is this it?” throughout the story. Although, I must say that once you have begun the romance it clear and concise. With a twist it this relationship it will transform, but it still breath taking throughout. This is by far one of the best romances I have read in my book blogging journey. This will definitely be a story that I will read many times over. I found myself up way into the morning hours just to finish this truly lovable story. The wit and charm of the novel with carry readers way. With just the right mixture of love, loss, and tragedy Flat-Out Love promises for a memorable spectacular read.

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