Review: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

August 1, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 11, 2011
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 400
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
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.

     Flat-Out Love was a fun book but unfortunately, it was not for me. The story was different yet quite obvious which took the suspense out right away.
     The protagonist, Julie, was normal enough; I liked reading about her & Celeste's (Matt's sister) interactions. One of the guys, Matt, was too geeky for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I love geeks but Matt just crossed the line between being knowledgeable and just flat-out weird. I mean, come on, he doesn't even know about Dunkin Donuts. Anyway, the best part of the story was Celeste. The kid was sweet, funny, and I just wanted to hug her.

     The author tried something different, and it worked for other readers, just not me. I would recommend to get this book from a library, if you want to give it a try. Oh, and I think it has one of the coolest book covers ever.  


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