Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out #2)

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Flat-Out Love
Flat-Out Matt
Left Drowning


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.


I have so much love for this series. I read Flat-Out Love quite a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it. I then devoured the novella, Flat-Out Matt. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get around to Flat-Out Celeste, but I’m glad I did because I thought it was wonderful.

Flat-Out Celeste follows Celeste, the sister from the previous stories, as a senior in high school. Celeste is no longer the scared little girl she once was. She still has her problems, but she’s much stronger than she was before. However, she is lying about her friendships to her family. Really, Celeste doesn’t have any friends. She finds social interaction really tricky. She feels alienated from her peers as she’s different. Her speech is affected (she doesn’t use contractions often) and she’s incredibly smart. All Celeste wants to do, is to get into an Ivy League college and she’s on her way to that dream being realised. One day, Celeste receives an email from Justin who is at Barton College. He’s been told he has to try and ‘woo’ her into applying to Barton. Celeste finds herself bonding with Justin and at the same time making friends with her peers. Celeste finds herself changing, but she’s not sure whether a relationship can work. She has so many insecurities and Justin lives far away.

I thought Flat-Out Celeste was such a strong YA read. Jessica Park creates some amazing characters. I adored Celeste in the previous book and I loved getting to know her more. I felt myself really wanting things to work for Celeste. She’s such a sweet girl.

Jessica Park really takes her readers onto an emotional rollercoaster in this story. I felt like I was inside the book, on Celeste’s journey to find herself. She grows so much as a character, and whilst her quirks might be irritating to some, I found her utterly likeable and her story to be incredibly moving. I just wish there was another book to see how Celeste got on at college…

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another highly enjoyable book from Jessica Park! I loved it!


8 thoughts on “Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out #2)

  1. This sounds like an interesting read 🙂 I had a teacher who used to punish us for using contractions in speech, which was stupid, but I remembered it when you mentioned how Celeste doesn’t use them. Great review!

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