Blew my mind! This book was astounding. Some parts broke my heart and others warmed my soul. From celeste to Julie to Matt to Finn my mind was going in so many directions towards the end I thought I couldn't possibly be more in love with each of them.
This book is a story of growing, loving, and finding one's self. Each character in this book had growing up to do and some self realizations to experience. I feel so special to have gotten to read this book. I felt like as the book progressed everything began to fall into place even with some major hiccups. Each character had their story and their path to follow and it was so elegantly written that learning about each character felt seamless.
“I 'Facebook like' you, but I'm not IN 'Facebook like' with you.”
You were so drawn into the book by the social networking references and the personal emails that it truly felt as if you were experiencing it as well. Every update or email I was drawn further in. The Updates and the writing itself in this book is witty and entertaining.
Jessica Park can sure write one kick ass book. Every chapter was amazing. I don't have one complaint about it. Definitely one of my new top reads. It was gripping, held interest and kept me on my toes. I cannot be more happy with the ending <3
So I'll be off now, I feel the need to go buy some comfy witty t-shirts :) I'm thinking my first one should be something along the lines of a Star-Wars reference :)
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.