He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.
So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.
Complicated? Awkward? Completely.
But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection. But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations - it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.
©2012 Jessica Park (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I really enjoyed listening to this book and thought the performance was very good. The performer portrays emotion and vocal nuances very well and for the most part the character voices are easily distinguishable. While it took me a little time to connect with the protagonist, she is likable and develops throughout the story. The story has depth, is intriguing, and is easily relatable for a wide audience due to its realistic and quirky nature.
This was in the "Romance" category, and while there is a romance within the book it's story would hold up well without it, which is not very common in the romance genre. I would categorize it as Young Adult - Contemporary - Coming-of-Age, and think it could be enjoyed by "Tweens" through adults (depending on the maturity level of the child). Check it out, and as always with audiobooks, give it a fair chance to draw you in since it often takes time to get accustomed to the performer and writing style. I hope this helps a little bit.
Best audio book I have read so far. The narrator was fantastic.
I don't read YA books so I don't have any comparisons.
When she was doing Julie’s voice she sounded like Kristen Bell to me, which was pretty cool. From Erin’s haughty voice to Celeste’s high pitched younger voice I liked them all.
The narrator did the cracks in her voice when Matt got choked up so well I started crying. It felt very real to me. Bravo!
I am diving into Flat Out Celeste next and I am kind of sad Julia is not narrating this book.
I suspected this would be a light weight teen love story and was still drawn to give it a listen. So Glad I did. The story turned out to be a mystery with depth that explores our human coping mechanisms and the fascinating way simplicity of caring and taking action can help us heal.
This has to be one of my favorite audiobooks ever! Refreshingly witty and clever, but heartwrenchly beautiful in so many ways! WOW 😂
I listen to audiobooks on my long commute, when I'm typing away in patient charts, and as I'm going to sleep. Murder mysteries are my fave!
I did enjoy it but it took me less than half the book to figure out what was going on.
I was only expecting a fun little New Adult type read, but I got way more. I laughed out loud while listening at work, so much so, that several of my co-workers wanted to know the title. I laughed, I cried (a tiny bit) and I loved. I have to say there were a few twists that I did not see coming and I just loved it as it went along. It was a drama and a comedy and a romance and a little bit of mystery. Good for ages 14 and up for sure!
I don't know that I have ever listened to another book that was so charming and funny as this. I read a lot of romantic comedy, but this was so much more than that.
I haven't read anything else performed by Julia Whelan, but now that I have I might seek her out.
A little over an hour away from the end of the book there was a moment between the two main characters that really wrenched me. The male character comes across so heartfelt that I just wanted to tell him it would all work out. I also kind of wanted to shake the female character at the same time.
I would recommend this for almost anybody. I read about 4 books a week and listen to about 2 a week and I would say I was more entertained by this one than I have been in quite some time.
Readers under 20 would probably enjoy this book more than I, but, even after saying that, I did enjoy it. The narrator was good, the characters well-defined, and the story flowed very well.
Good story with an equally good storyteller. It's my first time to write a review and I felt obligated to share to the other readers what a good book this is to purchase. Others might find the story too romantic but I think sometimes, in this kind of world, each one of us needs a little love story that will make us laugh, cry, mad and fall in love all at the same time.
I was torn while listening to the book... Torn because I definitely wanted to finish it in one sitting but wanted to linger on so the story telling won't stop. This book will confuse you on what emotion you are in. But trust that you will definitely like it.
But I wanted more relationship time together.
Julie moves in with a dysfunctional family during her first year at college. I loved how she improved their lives and they were good for her. I wanted to be in her shoes. This is my nerdiness showing but I was so excited when Erin the mother gave her user name and password to Julie, so Julie could have access to the Harvard Library! (Erin taught at Harvard.) I love libraries! Back to the story. I loved the Flat Finn cardboard idea and the things happening with that. (Creative) I liked the dialogue. I liked the mix of characters.
I’m not sure I can put my finger on it, but the last half was a little draggy. Then, the big separation was a downer with angsty stuff. At that point I did not care for Julie’s actions. She was too rigid and unforgiving. I wish the author skipped the separation and spent that time developing the romantic relationship. I would have loved seeing the couple spend time together as a couple and hold each other and kiss each other on purpose. Because their relationship didn’t develop much, the ending felt too quick. I wanted fuller feelings at the end. But overall it was a good story.
I’m so happy that this was written in 3rd person. Thank you author. I don’t like 1st person.
Some reviewers complained that they guessed the secret before Julie did. That didn’t bother me. It’s not mandatory to keep readers in the dark. Another thought: You’ll need to suspend disbelief the way everyone lied about something. But it made the story better so I was ok with it.
Julia Whelan was excellent.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: contemporary romance, less angst New Adult.
One of the best, next to the Hunger Game Series.
I loved the characters...though I called the ending almost immediately, it was nice how the story developed.
Everything! She reads so beautifully AND consistantly that you forget you are listening to one person.
I think the title says it all: Flat out love!
I could say that as an almost 40 year old woman, I enjoyed this story of young love immensely. It was appropriate without being graphic and I really appreciated that!
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