“Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park

Published: 9/11/12
Publisher: Amazon’s Children’s Publishing Services, Inc

The Story:
Julie arrives for her first semester in Boston – at her first apartment, only to realize that she was jipped – and unless she wants to live amidst a skanky restaurant her craigslist renter has pulled something very expensive over on her – and left her homeless! Then there is Matt, a tall guy with dirty blonde hair that hangs over his eyes – and who wore a t-shirt proclaiming Nietzsche is my homeboy..

Julie likes Matt, but then there is Finn – who she LOVES! This is a very complicated, very awkward situation, funny and romantic and lovely! Julie falls in love with not just Finn, but the entire family, especially Celeste – who steals her heart from day 1. But love is a twisty and bumpy, and no one survives unscathed completely. How will this all wind up? Can the bumps be overridden- or will it break all the characters?

What I thought:
This is one of my favoriate stories, EVER! Yes, I am yelling because i literally loved this story THAT much! I have never laughed or cried as much as I did while reading this book. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the back drop scene – get it TODAY!!

The characters are all so real, and loveable. Julie is a strong, caring, and funny main character. She brings the famiy back together, they all endure some type of “growing” pains – but it’s the ending that matters. This was one fabulous, funny, and unforgettable journey! I had a feeling from the story’s begining about the possibility of part of this ending, but even that didn’t keep me from loving it all the more because of that – even what I thought may happen was handled so well – amazing!

5 plus plus plus stars — again, BUY this NOW, this minute and read it ASAP! This is a book I will re-read so it’s a keeper. It’s so witty and wonderful, I just can’t say enough. These will be forever some of my favorite characters to revisit! And BEST of all, I just found out today – thank you Amazon that there was a novella written too – WHAT?? I already bought and you can bet this is being read starting..NOW. It’s Called “Flat Out Matt” and it came out 3/25/13. I can’t wait to review this too – so more to come!

Quotes I HAD to point out:
“Then she did what any girl would do, she googled him.”

“Mom, I have to go. I think this Matt character is here.”
“Are you sure it’s him?”
Julie peered into the car as the window lowered. “I see a manical-looking guy with brightly-colored candy in one hand, and he’s waving a sickle in the other. Oh! He’s beckoning me to the car. This must be my ride.”

“It was always you. I thought it was someone else, but it was you. You were the person I felt.”

“Normal people can become annoying if put in annoying situations.” This on behalf of Celeste – You can’t not love her!

“Julie swallowed. “Flat Finn is on Facebook?” She’d love to see those status updates. “Got strapped to the roof of the car today for a trip to Starbucks, would have loved to taste caramel mocha, but can’t move arms and so was forced to stare longingly at delicious hot beverage. Will the taunting ever end?”

“It’s not what you know-or when you see- that matters. It’s about the journey.”


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