Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Good Reads Description:

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.

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 comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

Mary's Review:

I found this book (kind-of) by accident.  It was on my Amazon account recommendation list.  I hardly ever look at that list but I was just looking to see if there was something that I had not read yet.

So, after reading the GoodReads description I thought ... sounds good let's try it.

WOW.....JUST WOW!!  I am so glad that I did.  I really enjoyed this book.

Julie is in Boston to go to college and it does not start out well for her.  Thankfully, her mother's old college roommate, Erin, helps her out and moves Julie into her home.  Now, Erin has 3 children, Finn (who is traveling the world), Matt (middle-child, MIT student, geek) and Celeste (13 years old and goes no where without a huge cut-out of Finn).  Jessica is trying to figure out this whole family all the while talking to Finn, who is traveling the world.  Through out the book there are emails, texts, and Facebook status that just cracked me up and some that made you really think!

Sounds weird right!?!?! Well, it is but I loved how Jessica Park wrote this book.  I did not figure out the "secret" until the very end and I was a bit shocked.  However, Jessica Park really made me fall in love with all these characters and I have to say that I "borrowed" a couple of Finn's and Matt's Facebook status updates....haha!!

This is a good, quick, and lovely read and I would recommend for others to read it!

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