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.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Award winning audiobook, narrated by Julia Whelan. Excellent performance. However, her voice for Julie's mom sounded exactly like her voice for the hero's mother in The Witness, by Roberts. I mean EXACTLY.
I enjoyed this novel. Is it young adult or new adult? Chick lit? I think NA, since the H/h are in college. Set in current day Boston, it's family-oriented drama. It's a mystery. It's a romance in the old-fashioned sense, with only one hard passionate kiss and no sex at all. The ending felt abrupt — I wanted more "happy ever after" time — and I could do without the swearing and profanity, but the slowly growing relationship was a flat-out treat, especially given it's rarity in contemporary romance novels. The author kept the pace flowing nicely. As for the closely guarded family secret, I guessed some of it, but not all, and certainly not the specifics.
I really liked watching Celeste — a traumatized 13-year-old — gradually overcome her emotional paralysis. Loved seeing her fearfully release her tight grip on Flattened Phineas, or Flat Finn. Julie's mechanically inventive method for prompting a change in Celeste nearly unhinged me.
Loved Matt. A wonderful brother. Nerdy. An MIT geek. But strong and true when his family needed him most. Like his older brother Finn, he's also Prince Charming.
Good portrayal of a dysfunctional family, including the parents, Erin and Roger.
Julie's relationship with her own father was only lightly textured, but I was definitely moved by that scene on New Year's Eve, with multiple lobster plates and the most expensive champagne in the cellars. ;-)
Each chapter starts with a brief but clever Facebook status update from Julie, Matt, and Finn. Sometimes those postings helped me predict the next scene. Other times, they more fully fleshed out the character's reactions to a completed scene. I chuckled at several of the postings.
Two sequels: Flat-Out Matt, Flat-Out Celeste.
I ended up liking the book in the end. However, Julie was an irritating know-it-all who sticks her nose in everyone's business while not seeing her own flaws.
I liked that author made me think of several different theories throughout most of the book, but the most obvious one was the answer. That was a bit of a let down.
The narrator could have used better male voices. That is hard to do and I don't think it distracted me through the entire book.
This is definitely worth the time once you get into it.
There is no way I was ever able to like Julie. She forced her own opinions down everyone's throat and treated her own family with disdain. I was disappointed there was no confrontation with her father or that a few other small issues weren't followed through on. I especially hated how Thanksgiving turned out, totally did not expect her horrible behavior there. The best review that sums up my thoughts was written by Nereyda. Check it out and do read the book.
Nicely unfolding character psychological development. Surprises abound. I really expected something different but was pleasantly surprised.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
Prior to Flat Out I read two quite dark books. Both featured psychotic, uncaring main characters. This book was certainly what I needed to change that virtual taste left over from my previous choices. Had I known in advance that this bordered on (or maybe actually was) a YA romance book, I wouldn't have purchased it. I'm glad for what I didn't know.
Julia Whelan is a gifted narrator who is particularly entertaining when she voices young girls and women. She brought humor and a touch of wryness to the story that was great fun.
Yes, the story was rather predictable, but this listener didn't mind figuring it out 1/2 way through. Yes, the character development didn't proceed with much depth, but that was fine. Yes, the romance was laced with naivete, but grinding sex wouldn't have worked with this book.
All in all, it was an enjoyable break from deeper, darker books. However, I will now return to my normally scheduled programming.
Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators, so anything she reads gets a second look from me when I am shopping. She never disappoints.
Flat-Out Love is a different type of love story and centers around Julie, a college Freshman who is living with the family of her mother's college roommate. This family has issues, the only one who seems normal is the brainy, middle child, Matt.
Celeste, the youngest child and only daughter, never goes anywhere without a life sized cutout of her oldest brother Finn, who is traveling the world doing volunteer work and having adventures. Matt is, for all intents and purposes, in charge of Celeste and her day-to-day life and when Julie (wise beyond her years) moves in she picks up the slack and tries to bring Celeste out of her shell and help her get over her phobias.
The book takes us through the school year and you will really get to know these people, it just takes time for the truth to come out.
You will be entertained.
I like a lot of different books, but I'm a sucker for a good love story.
In the top 25%.
Character development, and the setting. I'm from the Boston area.
She has an easy style and it did not seem like she was reading.
Flat Finn's intruduction.
Good book, good performance, I will definately listen again.
Say something about yourself!
That she ended up with the guy I (and I assume most) wanted her to end up with. I admit I purchased this one solely based on the ratings and the fact that it was on sale. I was very much pleasantly surprised to have liked this chick-flickish, quirky, and romantic story so much. Other than quirky, those aren't typically what I like in my books. Though a bit predictable, the story was very enjoyable and I could not put it down because I was so curious to confirm if my suspicions were correct. I suspect many readers felt the same way and I think a book that keeps me curious the entire time is always a good read. The Watkins with all their eccentricities and secrets are also very likable. Overall, I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend it.
Finn and Matt. They are both very likable and charming characters in their own way.
Who doesn't enjoy being transported to another world, and traveling on an unforgettable adventure? Thank you audio books! Happy dance <3
I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more... Then enjoyed the ending entirely to much. Huh... still wishing it isn't over already. I will definitely be listening to this again and would recommend!
Uuhhhh, all of them! :D OK um, seriously I loved the scene after Celeste's meltdown and the big fight (you'll know the one). Also all the witty banter going on, was awesome. I also really want a few of Matt's shirts. Oh, and the elevator scene, was ya XD
Hmmm, not me favorite. But I think that's because I just don't care for the sound of her voice for some reason. I do think she did an awesome job infusing emotion into every character and really bringing the scenes to life. So ya it's probably just me...
Are you ready to jump for Flat-Out Love?
Lol, got this off apparel for the book. But it totally fits this question.
And yes I would go see this movie in theaters then promptly buy it as soon as it came out on DVD. This would be an awesome movie!
I kind of knew what was happening through the story with Finn and everything. But I did question myself a couple of times. Every time I'd think I knew what was going on the story would switch up on me. A lot of laughs along the way, and a few tears. I loved the happy ending (I'm a sucker for them). I will be listening to again to catch all the little bits I missed the first time knowing now what happened. If you like cute, quirky, and sweet love stories with kind of corny but adorable happy endings give this one a try, you won't be disappointed!
I LOVED this story and when I finished it last night I kept thinking of it long after I had turned out the lights. The characters are wonderfully lovable and flawed. I saw the plot twist coming half-way through but it didn't ruin the story at all. It was a light, clean romance.
I had purchased both the Kindle book and the accompanying audible book but I just couldn't listen to the reading. I couldn't stand the way she read the male characters. blech! It didn't sound like normal speech, but rather something affected and awkward.
So I would recommend the book for sure, just not the audible version.
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.
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