Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Posted February 10, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica  ParkFlat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Series: Flat-Out Love
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 11th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance
Pages: 345
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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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.

It's not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It's about a journey.

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.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

Quickie Review

While listening to this book, it reminded me a lot of the movie Running with Scissors.  The Watkins are really quirky, and unconventional.  They are hiding something but Julie can’t figure it out.
 
There are some hilarious moments.  The status updates would have me giggling, and the way Julie responds to situations are funny at times.  She takes it all in, and just goes with the flow.
 
I kind of figured out what was going on by the middle of the book, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable.  I loved seeing how Julie’s presence help this family.  Things needed to be said and actions needed to be taken in order for the Watkins to become a family again.
 
There are ups and downs, broken hearts, and tragic situations.  Overall, there is growth and coming to terms with things that have happened.


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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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