Title: Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love ~ Book 1)
Author: Jessica Park | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: April 11 2011
Length: 389 Pages
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Buy It: Amazon US / Amazon UK
Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: So very cute, fitting and flat-out perfect
Point of View: 3rd person, following Julie mostly
My Rating: 5 Stars
I loved this book. I loved every tiny little detail and there is absolutely nothing that I would even dream of wanting to change. The setting, the humor, the characters... *sigh* the characters. Every one of them are special and add so much life to the story. It is going to be difficult to write a coherent review so if you get bored of my rambling and move on to the next review I just want to say, right up front, read this book. If you have then you know how very special it is, if you haven't yet then please do so soon.
When I started Flat-Out Love I was expecting the same old Young/New Adult romance. But I could not have been more wrong. Yes there is romance, and yes the characters are of the right age for this genre but this was just so much more. If I had to pin point one reason that made this book stand out for me it would be the characters. They are so witty and smart and I just found myself smiling from ear to ear for almost all of the book. The action that they take, the way they speak, the way they interact within the family and with the outside world. I can't say it enough.. it is just something really special.
I am not going to get into a large plot retelling because honestly the less you know going into the story the more enchanted you will be about the journey it takes you on. I honestly hadn't even read the synopsis before I started and I am so glad that I hadn't. I only knew I saw my friends on Goodreads talking about it so I knew I wanted to give it a go... I am so glad that I did.
I can't even pick a favorite character if I tried. Julie was simply amazing and as of right now probably my favorite female character of all time. She is smart, strong and understanding. And Matt is just perfect. Smart, geeky, loyal and has so much love to give. I didn't even care that when he starts to go on about his physics work and the classes he takes at MIT that I didn't understand even half of what he was talking about. I was captivated by what he was saying even though I didn't have a clue. And his banter with Julie is epic. Honestly, just thinking about it now is causing me have the silliest grin on my face.
Then there is Celeste, Matt and Finn's little sister. Amazing. That is how I describe Celeste. I have never wanted to crawl into a book more. I wanted to just crawl in and give her the biggest hug and let her know how much I loved her. Thankfully that is what Julie is there for because if I were to find a way to crawl into the world of Flat-Out Love, I wouldn't want to crawl back out.
I feel I haven't done enough to express how completely spectacular this book is but I also feel that if I keep going on I will just get all mushy, you will get bored of my ramblings of love, and stop reading. So even though for me this seems like a short review I will leave you with only this.
Read. This. Book.
Please do not hesitate. You will fall in love with everything about it and then you will be the one trying to write a review or trying to find the appropriate words to explain how awesome it is to your friends. Trust me when I say that it is not an easy task.