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 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!
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.
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