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'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
Over all, I really enjoyed this. There were some heart fluttering moments, really funny moments, quirky characters and just a general good time.
However, some of the humor fell flat, Julie had some really bitchy and annoying moments, and the plot was (at least for me) fairly predictable. But it was still enjoyable and will read the others.
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters from the start, and although I was pretty sure I had figured out the family's secret early on (and I had), it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I was quite addicted to the story while I was listening to it, and couldn't wait to get back to is when I would have to stop. It's not a deep piece of literature, by any means, but it's a good story with sympathetic and entertaining characters, and a love story that you can really believe and that makes you feel good.
Creative, relatable, touching and funny. (oooops that's 4)
There were many memorable moments. I liked how each chapter began with a Facebook status of the main characters.
Julia Whelan is my favorite narrator of all time. She is easy to listen to, and provides the proper emotion for the story. I especially like the way she performed the voice of Celeste. It appropriately conveys the child's social awkwardness.
I listen in the car, but yes, it was very easy to get into.
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
Flat Out Love is a book that has been recommended to me by several people over the last few years but I never got around to reading. When I saw the audiobook on sale last month, I jumped at the chance to get it. I’m not sure yet what I feel about this book. There were a lot of parts that I really liked. The story (once I got it) was a good one, Matt was one of those good guy characters that I wish we had more of, and I liked Celeste even if she was batshit crazy. What I struggled with the most was Julie’s character. Sadly, I didn’t like her most of the time. Also, I didn’t understand what the hell was going on most of the book. What was the deal with Flat Finn and Celeste? What is wrong with this family??? The big reveal didn’t come until very late in the book, and by this point I was frustrated about being lost. Once I was able to understand the whole scope of the story, it really is a beautiful but sad story that I did end up enjoying. Julie still got on my nerves though…
When Julie’s college living arrangements don’t work out (she’ gets swindled on Craigslist), her mother calls in a favor from her college friend. Julie ends up staying over at the Watkins home until she can find a new place to live. This eventually ends up being a semi-permanent solution when Julie ends up getting along with the gang, especially Matt and Celeste. Matt was such a lovable guy. He’s a total nerd and one of the good guys with an impressive t-shirt collection. Celeste is his younger sister and her and Julie immediately bond. But Julie realizes right away that something is off with the Watkins. The parents ride their bikes everywhere (which is weird considering they have high position jobs), they’re absent most of the time leaving Matt to care for Celeste who has a few…quirks. Celeste in some ways has the mind of a child and she doesn’t have any friends. This is nothing compared to the life sized cardboard cutout she keeps of their older brother, Finn. Celeste traets Flat Finn as a member of the family, he sits down at dinner with him and they even cart him around everywhere she goes. This alone was weird, but the fact that the rest of her family just goes along with this weirded me the fuck out and had me dying to know what the hell had happened to this family!
Julie was such a hard character for me to like. My main issue was that I thought she was so bitchy to Matt most of the time. If she wasn’t making fun of his ‘nerdiness’ to his face, she was doing it to her friend or someone else. Yet, she couldn’t help but like him. What are you in kindergarten Julie? I don’t know why but it really bothered me how being smart was this thing she kept making fun of, even if she was joking around. So then Julie develops a facebook friendship with the Finn and ends up falling for him. This happens through facebook/texts/virtual communication only since they’ve never talked on the phone or even met in person yet. Maybe because I don’t have a facebook I didn’t buy the ‘I love Finn’ thing. She shared these great moments with Matt, then would have these conversations with Finn which left me wondering ‘who the hell is the love interest?’ Was this a weird virtual love triangle? Was Matt even in the running anymore? The other thing that drove me crazy about Julie was that she was so damn meddling! She’s known the Watkins for a short time and all of a sudden she decides she is the best authority on all things Celeste. Granted, her parents were doing a shitty job but poor Matt was doing the best he could and this girl kept making drastic changes to Celeste’s life, even when Matt didn’t agree with her. She forces her way into a meeting with the principal to discuss Celeste, and the incident where she pushed her to go to the party was crossing the line big time! Yeah, some of these things did help Celeste but I don’t think she should have butted in. If Celeste were my sister, I would have punched Julie for trying to butt in, especially since she had no idea what was wrong with Celeste or why she had Flat Finn. That was more ranty than I thought it would be but this is what made me not enjoy this book as much as I otherwise would have.
Once I found out what the deal was with Celeste and Flat Finn and the pieces fell together, I really liked the story. Sadly, Julie still kept getting on my nerves. I was expecting a light and ‘feel good’ story and was surprised at how emotional it was, especially towards the end. Julie issues aside, I enjoyed this story. I just found out Celeste is getting her own story next and I’m excited to read it because that girl has some serious issues! I do find that girl characters annoy me more than guy characters do so chances are that my Julie issues might not even bother you.
Audiobook Review: I had no complaints with the narration. I liked it but it wasn’t my favorite. I liked her Julie voice and I loved her Celeste voice but I didn’t particularly care for her Matt or Finn voices.
I’m torn between a 3.5 and a 4 star review for this…
I loved every moment spent with the story. Positive attitude of the book brings pleasant atmosphere for readers. Sense of humor is amazing.
The story absorbed me totally. Laugh was changed to sadness in a moment. Exciting journey with the book.
The calmness of Julia's thoughts is impressing. Such a self-organized, challenging and goal-oriented personality!
Totally. I could not take myself from the book.
The episode with psychiatrist, the switch to Julia's personal problem resonating with the hosting family's one was an awakening. The narrator's voice is still echoing in me - every feeling of the characters' was performed perfectly.
Trying to figure out all of the dysfunctional attributes of each character and then watching them begin to heal.
I enjoyed the elevator scene and the ending.
When you fully realize the extent of the emotional breakdown for each character.
I found this story to be an emotional roller-coaster both heart warming and heart wrenching. You feel from the very start that each character has some form of dysfunction in their lives. It is an experience learning what each one is dealing with and how they deal or not. The banter between Matthew, Finn and Julie is clever and witty. Each character is vivid and real, with deep relationships that draw you in. I definite recommend.
It does deal with some issues that I believe are better for older teens.
I don't remember why I chose this book, but I am glad I did. The story is a bit weird at first but weird becomes normal very fast. It is a little unbelievable, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Without giving much away, the story was very unique and the characters drew me in from the start.
She did a great job of narrating and I think she brought out the right amount of emotion that would have been lost in just reading it. I'm so glad I listened to it versus reading it.
This is one of those books that took me by surprise. It had good reviews, so I thought I figured it would be worth a credit...but I really enjoyed every moment of it.
I loved the story and all that transpired!
Everything was good
This was my first book by Julia
Yes, but I listen on my commute to and from work
This is a strange one and I kinda saw the twist end coming from the start, but Ms. Park did a good job of almost convincing me I was wrong. If you like YA and want a nice beach read, this is worth picking up. The plot revolves around an oddball family and a college student who ends up living in their home after her Craig's List rental falls through. It's got absentee parenting, a daughter who carries around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her brother, math, and romance. Like I said, it's a strange one. Enjoy.
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