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.
Every June 1st, the first thing I think of is this:
— Dear Evan Hansen (@DearEvanHansen) May 31, 2018
The second thing I think of is this:
— Bree Lauren (@inloveandwords) June 1, 2018
My birthday is June 14 and I’m putting together an exciting giveaway, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, I want to share my favorites from May.
I would like everyone to take a moment and notice that I, shockingly, did not download 8 million free Kindle ebooks this month.
Thank you, thank you. I know. First time for everything.
Of course, I fully balanced that out by spending money on a bunch of audiobooks.
In my defense, Audible had a sale and I cannot be held responsible.
Anyway, here is my February Book Haul!
Covers link to Goodreads.