Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

5-stars Overall Rating: 5 Stars Title: Flat-Out Love Author: Jessica Park Series: (Flat-Out Love #1) Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis: Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance. It’s not what you know – or when you see – that matters. It’s about a journey. 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.



This unique, quirky novel was such a refreshing read. I’ve had this book in my Audible library for far longer than I’d like to admit. I didn’t know what to expect going into it, and it wasn’t a bad thing at all. This book was filled with all the feels and discoveries that I come to expect when I pick up YA romance novel, with a few twists and turns here and there. Getting thrown into the dynamic of the Watkins family right alongside Julie was certainly an interesting experience. I felt like I was right there with her and she tried to navigate this family’s quirks and issues. Typically, with YA novels, I find myself wanting to shake some sense into the main character, but I actually felt like I was on Julie’s side throughout most of the novel. I really enjoyed her character and appreciated the oddities of all the characters around her. And though they are a bit odd, the other characters are perfectly believable. I felt like these people could exist and it made sense, given their history, why they are the way that they are.

Audiobook Performance: 5 stars


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah

Bookshelf Placement: Maybe

Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars


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