Flat-Out Love


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I bought it!


He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.

So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.

Complicated? Awkward? Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.

But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.


I’ve seen this book so many times on Top Ten lists, so I decided I should get around to it pretty sharpish. I’m SO glad I did, because I thought it was a beautiful book, which I shall be highly recommending.

I have to admit, based on the cover, I thought it was going to be a typical chick lit. It’s not. It’s so much more than that. I guess it is slightly predictable, but I think it’s highly enjoyable. I would recommend it to my sister and that’s saying something.. if I judged on the cover this is definitely not her kind of read. But that’s why you should always try and give a book a chance.

Flat-Out Love is a love story, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about family and the lengths we might go to in order to protect and help the ones we love. Flat-Out Love does have a twist, if you do work it out, I don’t think it particularly spoils your interest in the book. I know I started to have my suspicions, but at no point did I want to stop reading, because I was annoyed with it. I just wanted to continue until I found out for sure what had happened.

Julie is a college student living with a family friend after a massive mistake with accommodation. She begins to change the lives of the family she lives with, in a way that no one thought would happen. I thought Julie was a fantastic character, she had her own issues, but really wanted to help the family she had grown to care about. She was a character with a huge heart. Immensely likeable. The Watkins family are incredibly special too. Matt is instantly likeable with his geekish ways and his protectiveness over his little sister Celeste. I absolutely adored Celeste. She’s such a unique, troubled character. She carries a cardboard copy of her older brother Finn. Celeste is such a quirky character. I think it’s very easy to warm to her.

Flat-Out Love includes Facebook statuses and IM conversations, which really added to the story. The banter between Finn and Julie was brilliant.

I’m so impressed with the writing from Jessica Park. It’s so easy to read, and I practically read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh with the banter, but at the same time made me feel compassionate for a family that desperately needed to be helped. Flat-Out Love is a funny, but poignant read. I will be checking out Flat-Out Matt, hopefully very soon!

Reading next:
The Naturals- Jennifer Lynn Barnes

11 thoughts on “Flat-Out Love

  1. Eek! I’m so glad to finally see a review of this! It’s one that looked interesting but, like you said, the cover also makes it look like your everyday chick lit so I hadn’t quite convinced myself to pick it up yet. I’m really happy to hear that it’s so much more! Will definitely be picking up now!

  2. This is the second review of this book I’ve read today – it must be fate! I’ll give it a go for sure! And have I mentioned Left Drowning before? Also by Park. It’s darker and heavier than Flat-Out Love, as far as I can tell, but it’s still really good.

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