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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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    Ashley United States 01-29-14
    Ashley United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Weak all around"
    Would you try another book from Jessica Park and/or Julia Whelan?

    Terrible story line. Cheesy. Waste of my time.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan’s performance?

    No I definitely won't be choosing her again. Too adolescent.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindlefan Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 01-29-14
    Kindlefan Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2011

    US Kindlefan

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    "Predictable and for teens"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found it entertaining at first, however, it became predictable somewhere after chapter 18 and towards the end.


    What was most disappointing about Jessica Park’s story?

    I hate when it takes only a short read to figure out what was to happen in the story. But it is cute and rather stupid. A pleasant enough journey, though I was waiting for it to end too early in the book. The characters are somewhat flat as is the overall love affair which is the basis on which the book is built. But take it for a day and that is enough.


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

    no, she was ok


    Was Flat-Out Love worth the listening time?

    not really, i got bored after first 10 chapters


    Any additional comments?

    People 21 and younger would enjoy it more. Facebook updates bored me after a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 01-28-14
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Flat-Out Love . . . aka Teenage Drama 101"

    This listen was disappointing, however I am probably not the target audience. Teenagers or college students might find this book interesting. I only got to chapter 7. The beginning of the book is about a freshman college student in Boston. Due to some unfortunate circumstances she is forced to live with a friend of her mother. Also, living at this house is the son of the friend. The majority of the first 7 chapters is comprised of the facebook conversations and interactions between these two individuals. It seems that they are continuously trying to see who can have the coolest response to the other. It just seemed like teenage drama to me. They also took the Lord's name in vain several times and that is unacceptable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Pomona, CA, United States 03-27-13
    Maria Pomona, CA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!"
    Where does Flat-Out Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books I have listened to. The story is sad, funny, and happy I want more..


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Matt


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I didn't want to stop listening I loved the narrator what a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Where was this book that I hadn't listened to it before!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 03-04-13
    Dog Friend 03-04-13

    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.

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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 08-23-13
    J. R. Bush 08-23-13
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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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