Published: April 11th 2011
Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.
And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.
To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well ... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.
Flat-Out love is a remarkably wonderful and unique book! After hearing so many positive things about this book and author I thought I would discover for myself the complete awesomeness that is Flat-Out love.
Jessica Park has given us some delightfully bonkers characters that have become my favourite characters of all time. Celeste is such a unique and quirky character. She has a lot of issues which she has to conquer in this book with the help of her brother Matt and their new house guest Julie. Julie is such an understanding character and I instantly liked her, her relationship with Celeste is sweet and I love how she helps Celeste to conquer her issues. Her love story with Matt and Finn is a great addition to the story but it is not the main focus of this book. The main focus of the story is the dysfunctional Watkins family coming to terms with recent events and moving on as a family. Matt is adorably geeky and I don’t know how anyone cannot love him, his devotion to his sister and family is remarkably sweet, he would do anything for them.
Flat-Out Love made me laugh and cry and left me craving more. A unique story with fabulous characters and a plot with a few twists to keep me guessing. This book has to be one of my new favourite books of all time, I cannot rave enough about this book it is just completely brilliant!