/, Flat Out Love, Jessica Park, NA, New Adult, review/Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

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.

New York Times Best-selling author Jessica Park mines the territory of love’s growing pains with wit, sharp insights, and a discernible heat and heartbeat. Her previous novels include Relatively Famous and she authored the e-shorts What the Kid Says (Parts 1 and 2) and Facebooking Rick Springfield.


Actually, this one is 6 star book for me! And I have to apologize for this but it’s impossible to truly review this book without spoiling all the fun I had figuring out some of the stuff, though that will contradict what I’m about to say…regardless, I’m just going to use this space to help you figure out if you might want to read it. It’s free for Amazon Prime, btw.

After sifting through some of the 1 and 2 star reviews of it, I noticed two things people kept saying over and over again:

1) they hate that the book contains facebook status updates/messaging and email exchanges. As someone who loves when authors explore alternate forms of narrative, I quite enjoyed this aspect. But if you hate facebook and think it’s horrible that someone would reference facebook then you probably shouldn’t purchase this book (or The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler while were on the subject) and you should probably check every YA book from now on for this type of narration because guess what? The target audience (teens) text/use facebook/twitter. In fact, to them its as common place as VCRs to my generation. BUT, if I were to write a book that revolved around characters who leave each other “love notes” by recording shows with their VCR to my Grandparents generation they might get a bit annoyed with that. As an author, you have to know your audience and create a world for them that’s believable. And I believe that includes Facebook. But that’s just me and my thoughts. The status posts in this book were like poetry. You have to read between the lines.

2) People got so mad that they predicted the ending after reading a few chapters. I predicted the ending/big secret from reading the blurb. Honestly, I never care about that. If the writing is good and the characters are layered then I want to read it and see how it all falls into place. Let me put it this way and you can decide for yourself if you can handle a book being predictable, what if you suddenly became cursed with the ability to know the final score of every sporting event you ever watched right from the coin toss before the game or match even begins. Would you stop watching sports forever? Would you find no enjoyment in seeing the actual plays? If the answer is yes, then probably don’t read this book.

Here’s why I loved it:
1) quirky characters are so my thing. Seriously.
2) I believed it. I believed all the choices the characters made and they were some odd choices but I truly believed that that’s what they would do so the author sold it to me and I was in. 100%.
3) every major character had like 10 layers to them and it was entertaining and emotional to peel these layers off as the story progressed.

My Only Issue *mild spoiler*
I almost can’t explain exactly without spoiling, but there’s a three month period of time that passes toward the end of the book and I thought that was a bit extreme for young people. If keeping it true to teens and the target audience for the book, a week can feel like a year when you’re that age. I didn’t actually believe the characters would have allowed that much time to pass. But honestly, it’s so minor it’s almost not worth mentioning. I’m pretending it was a week in my head.



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