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Flat-Out Love | [Jessica Park]

Flat-Out Love

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.
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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.

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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA 02-26-13
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA 02-26-13
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    "Wonderful story with wonderful narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it because this book is amazing and the audiobook is as well!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 22 was one of my favorite scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed that the narrator of the book took on each character and portrayed the emotions like we imagined them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 03-04-13
    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Fun reading!"

    The story was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it. The narrator did a great job. I would read other stories by Jessica Park.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 03-09-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Growth and Evolution: Awesome read"

    It was not what I was expecting and it wasn't the usual, run of the mill romantic comedy. What a pleasant surprise. The narrator made all the difference...took this story to the next level.

    This books starts off with Julie Seagle, leaving home in Ohio, arriving in Boston Massachusetts to attend Whitney College. Upon arrival, she found out the apartment she rented on Craigslist, didn't really exist and she had no where to go. Luckily, her mother's college roommate Erin Watkins lived in Cambridge, so Erin offered Julie a place to stay until she found accommodations.
    Erin's son Matt came and picked her up, and thus began Julie's introduction to the Watkins Household.
    This family was definitely a circus and it takes the entire book to unravel. see Erin was an attorney and also a scholar. Her husband Roger was another scholar who researches ecosystems involving algae etc. Oldest son Finn wasn't there but was supposed to be gallivanting the globe during humanitarian work. Matt was a double major at MIT and youngest sister Celeste carried around a cut-out of her older brother Finn because she missed him so much.

    This family was really smart and really strange, and soon Julie's arrival began having profound changes in the family dynamics and forced the family to confront issues long swept under the rug.

    This book was layered yet so enjoyable. It seemed that Finn was the family connector when I started the book because he was the golden child. But as the book progressed, it became clear that Matt was the glue that held the Watkins family together. I loved the individual as well as the family growth as everyone had to face the issues they were running from. By the end of the book, everything made more sense and I was blown away. I loved it. The narrator was awesome. This was definitely YA-NA with a bite.
    If you want a YA book with some substance and was more about familial love than romantic love, then give this book a whirl. It has romantic love but this book was about personal growth and continuing a journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 02-15-14
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 02-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly Good"

    I read the reviews and I am glad I chose the book. Good story. The narrator was great. I will look for more books by the JP and other books narrated by the JW. I did question whether someone straight out of high school would be so knowledgeable of life but then I remembered from the start you could tell/feel she was quite intelligent. I will listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. R. Bush CA, USA 08-23-13
    J. R. Bush CA, USA 08-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a cute story"
    If you could sum up Flat-Out Love in three words, what would they be?

    Modern. Sweet. Clever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A lot of stories with 'surprises' do a bad job with them, and this one did a good job. I had guessed before the reveal, but I liked how they did the reveal and then the open questions had answers that made sense.

    I loved the sweetness the author captured. Young love is hard to describe in a way that rings true, and yet is not annoying to adult readers, but she got it.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I love Julia Whelan - so much that I often pick books based on her being the narrator. I have yet to see a bad performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What does it mean when you fit in to a group people you perceive as misfits?


    Any additional comments?

    This story is YA, but as a not-so-young adult, I enjoyed it quite a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-13
    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Flat-Out Loved it!"

    I actually give this book 4.5 stars.

    This was an incredibly clever story with a great plot. I love it when the author makes the characters so real and vivid that I become so invested in their lives. I cared about them, cried for/with them, and rooted for them.

    Celeste was adorable and quirky and perfect. Just like Julie, I didn't want Celeste to change completely and I'm glad she didn't. This family was so broken but put on such a facade. It was heartbreaking and sad.

    There is something that happens in the story that I guessed right off, but then doubted myself several times only to be right in the end. It was just so weird how the family lived. However, it was all explained in the end and was realistic. My small issue with the "thing" (I don't want to give it away) is that I feel it went on too long. I was ready for it to be over long before it was.

    I love angst and heartbreak but I love the happy endings and the romantic love story the most. In some of these angsty books, I feel like the happy ever after is so short at the end. I need more. I want to see more happiness for these characters that suffered, cried, and hurt so much throughout the story.

    This was a really great story with some exceptional characters. I recommend this for anyone that does like to cry, laugh, and have their happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    VanDelay Boston, MA 04-25-13
    VanDelay Boston, MA 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable Listen"
    Would you listen to Flat-Out Love again? Why?

    I don't generally repeat a book (I have a few too many new ones to catch up on), but this was an enjoyable listen (I found this book by searching for narrator Julia Whelan) and a story that kept my attention. It's YA, but perfectly suitable for anyone (it is certainly less YA than say, Twilight). I would describe it as in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine, though a completely different story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The snarky banter was great. I've know people who hide behind sarcasm, as these characters seem to do, but truly good "snark" is a honed skill. I would definitely enjoy hanging out with these crazy people.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I first heard Julia on Gone Girl and loved her performance. I've searched for her specifically and liked the two (this included) books I've listened to since. Not all narrators invoke the characters and story as well Julia; some sound as though they are reading the book for the first time. Julia pulls you into the story and enhances the experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciated the way in which the author describes the paths the characters take in this story (to be vague enough not to reveal story spoilers). She avoids melodrama for the most part.


    Any additional comments?

    Time and a credit well spent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1ObsessedReader Spanaway, WA, United States 02-06-13
    1ObsessedReader Spanaway, WA, United States 02-06-13
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    "Great story and finally a Narrator that was good"

    I have just recently started listening to audio books and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. This is the first book where I truly enjoyed the Narrator and didn't feel like they sounded goofy. I loved this story, it had allot of funny parts and I found myself actually laughing out loud. The narrator did a great job of playing out the different emotions without sounding ridiculous. Out of the 4 or 5 books I have now listened to I am most happy overall with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 02-01-13
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I flat out loved this book"

    not exactly what i was expecting when i read the blurb of the book. I knew what was going on very early on in the book but still didn't make me like it any less. I loved the characters (especially celeste) I loved all the quirkiness. Made me laugh out loud & tear up at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R FORT WORTH, Texas, United States 04-05-13
    R FORT WORTH, Texas, United States 04-05-13
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    "HATED IT"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrorator was good and she made some LOL moments, but that was it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was seriously not somethig for me. Seriously I dont know why the ratings for this book is so high this is more of early teenager rated PG read. It took forever to get to the point of the love and the moral to the story that by the time it did I was so annoyed that I didn't even care any more and that was the last 2 chapters of the book. What a waste of a credit! UGH so disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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