Saturday, March 09, 2013

REVIEW: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat-Out Love

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.

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

My review:

I love this book so much. The story line was great, the humour, the characters, the way Jessica Park wrote this book, it just make me want to BE Julie.

I love the characters, I mean, the main characters were fantastic, funny and really easy to love.
The side characters was nice as well. I love Dana and Jamie even though they didn't come up that much.

"Dana leaned over "I'll hump your leg to signal the torture has ended."
Jamie shut his eyes and smiled. "Nice." "

I love all the humour that was in the book, so many part were hilarious that I was practically on the floor laughing. The story was like a roller-coaster, it was cool, funny, brilliant in a dorky way. But then the story made an unexpected turn and I was so flabbergasted. I might have shed a few tears or so.

This book just make me want to be Julie and have her perfect (not that perfect) life. 
10/5 star for this book.

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