Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

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.

This book is flat out amazing (pun definitely intended)!!! I was so in love with the characters and their witty banter. The dialogue was absolutely phenomenal; the story will have you laughing, crying, and dropping your jaw to the floor in a huge OMG turn of events. The genre was in a category unto itself. You have your teenage/highschool YA fiction or your thirties plus romance/self discovery novels. It was refreshing to finally have a book about the time in which you are transitioning from young adult to adult! I love everything about this book; it is one you will re-read over and over again! Sequel???Yes please!!!!

Other books you may like:

Forget YouEndless Summer (The Boys Next Door & Endless Summer)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)Beautiful Disaster

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (mature)

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