Published May 2014
Series: Flat-Out Love #2
Genres: New Adult
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For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.
But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.
Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.
Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.
Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.
Celeste Watkins has always been peculiar. It would appear she suffers from Asperger syndrome since she has brilliant intellect but also has difficulties socializing and does sometimes act and speak in a weird manner. But the root cause of her problems might as well be the death of her older brother Finn, which struck her and her family deeply.
Now that Celeste is months away from graduation and from having to choose which college to attend, she wonders if it is not time to make a new start, create a new her and try to mingle with the crowd once and for all. During her quest of finding herself, she makes the acquaintance of Justin Milano, a quirky college student who is desperately trying to woo her into attending Barton College on the West Coast, and he might just be the one to help her find herself.
Flat-Out Celeste is the sequel to Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt and even though this can be read as a standalone, you should definitely have read at least Flat-Out Love in order to better get into the characters. Since I read and absolutely loved Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt, I had huge expectations of this new book, and I can say that I have not been disappointed at all.
The story is gut-wrenchingly sad yet so very funny and cute. Jessica Park has the wonderful talent to bring such great characters to life, who are so soul-touching it is difficult for the readers not to relate.
In case you were wondering, this is not a hot and steamy book. It is definitely lovey-dovey new adult romance, but it is in no way sappy – it’s inspiring and hopeful.
Now would I say that this book is better than the first ones? Not really, since they are equally great. They’re fundamentally different in terms of the story, yet so much the same in terms of the feelings they make you feel as a reader.
Also, I appreciated that this book gave closure to each and every character involved – not that I was missing it in the previous books – but it was definitely a nice to have.
So I absolutely recommend Flat-Out Celeste, as well as the prequels.