Flat-Out Love

Flat-Out Love

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by Jessica Park, Julia Whelan
     
 

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Chosen as a 2014 YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults

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

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Chosen as a 2014 YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2015
Julie, a young student, moved to Boston for her freshman year of college, without a place to live. She goes to live with one of her mother's friends and finds herself growing closer to this strange, eccentric family, especially brothers Matt and Finn.
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 11 Up—In Park's tale (Amazon Children's Pub., 2012) of grief and healing, Julie Seagle moves in with the eccentric Watkins family, whose disturbing idiosyncrasies seemingly center on perpetually globetrotting oldest brother, Finn. Nowhere is this more manifest than in teenage Celeste, who is never without a life-sized cardboard representation of her absent brother. Then there's pretentious Matt, who antagonizes Julie at every opportunity. Julie begins a flirty online relationship with Finn and falls hard. But when a lie involving a gift Finn sent to Celeste from "abroad" is exposed, Julie becomes suspicious and uncovers several more discrepancies in her crush's stories. Julie learns that Finn is dead and everyone's odd behaviors stem from a morbid failure to cope with the loss. The boy she'd been communicating with online was Matt masquerading as his brothe. Julie is angry, but eventually forgives this deception when she realizes she's in love with Matt. Despite an inspired concept, the story's execution falls flat. Characters are difficult to relate to, romance lacks chemistry, and the ending is overly clichéd. Listeners will likely guess the big plot twist early on and spend the remainder of the story wondering why Julie is so oblivious to the obvious. Mature situations make this a poor choice for younger audiences. Julia Whelan's clipped dictation seems far too formal for the genre. Skip this and consider Twenty Boy Summer (Little, Brown, 2010) by Sarah Ockler which deals with many of the same issues.—Alissa Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI
Heather Webber
Humorous, thoughtful, clever, and at times heartbreaking, Flat-out Love is about love, loss, and the great lengths a family will go to protect one of their own. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll root for a seemingly elusive happily ever after. No doubt about it, Flat-out Love is flat-out fabulous.
Lindsay Jones
This book was so outrageously good... It's at the top of my favorites. It has surpassed...dare I say it?...my deeply beloved Nicholas Sparks. Park wrote a novel unlike any other... Characters? Check. Fantastic writing? Check. A book that clearly stands out among any other? Check. A book that is so wonderful that I practically demand that you buy it right now so we can talk about it? Check.
Ashley Booklabyrinth.blogspot.com
I loved it so much that I’m already considering how long I should wait before re-reading it. Yes, I loved it that much... The romance in this one is amazing because it’s a slow building, feel it in your stomach kind of love...
Caitlyn Henderson
This is a beautifully written novel with incredibly crafted characters. Every person in the story feels like someone I know personally. I was drawn so deeply into the story that I stayed up all night finishing the book. The end may not be what everyone expects but the journey is everything.
Shel Franz
Jessica Park has put out a YA novel that pushes the boundaries. Instead of another vampire book, she chose to treat us to a look at a uniquely dysfunctional family. Absorbing reading for any student of psychology, or just humanity in general; this book explores what happens when you drop a stranger into a family who is adept at covering up their past pain - to the point of denying it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469253060
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling 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 Flat-Out Love, Relatively Famous, and she authored the e-shorts What the Kid Says (Parts 1 and 2) and Facebooking Rick Springfield. Visit her at jessicapark.me.

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