Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) by Jessica ParkFlat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Published April 2012
Series: Flat-Out Love #1
Genres: Young Adult
five-stars
Format: eBook
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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 one of my favourites this year. Not the steamy and sultry kind I am used to, but a young adult story that really, really got to me. I couldn’t lay the book down – it is part romantic, very funny, and slightly dramatic. Basically, it is the story of a slightly abnormal family, with an online long-distance relationship thrown in the mix, which young people can especially well relate to.

I loved absolutely every character in this book on how they interacted. They all held some secrets that I couldn’t wait to uncover (however sad they were), yet so many parts of the book were sweet and funny.

Flat-Out Love reminded me a lot of Little Miss Sunshine as it is very quirky yet a bit dramatic and I wouldn’t be surprised if this book made it into a movie. Unfortunately, this looks like a closed story with no possibility of a sequel, because I would have been happy to find out more about the couple and/or other parts of the family…

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars