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Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It’s not what you know–or when you see–that matters. It’s about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

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  • Characters (24)

    • Julie Seagle: Julie moves to Boston from Ohio to go to college, and when she gets there, finds out her apartment rental was a scam, so she moves in with her mom’s college roommate and her family, who are just a little different…
    • Matt Watkins: Son of family Julie moves in with.
    • Miss Celeste Watkins: Daughter of the family Julie moves in with. She is a little different, and is a recluse from the other girls in her school because of one special quirk she has, and Julie helps her overcome that and become “normal”
    • Erin Watkins: Julie’s mom’s college roommate who lets Julie stay in their house, and is very distant from her family, for some reason.
    • Flat Finn
    • Dana
    • Matthew Watkins
    • Roger
    • Seth
    • Matty
    • Rachel
    • Dr. Cooley
    • Kate
    • Jamie
    • Julie Watkins
    • Pete
    • Matt Damon
    • Andrea
    • Jared
    • Dad
    • Mr. Alberta
    • Ms. Seagle
    • Queen Celeste
    • Facebook Finn
  • Notes for Parents

    • Reading Level: Young Adults

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I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else. It’s the way I take them OFF that makes me better than you. &quote;

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If you get off your high horse, you’ll notice that it, too, poops. &quote;

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Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.” &quote;

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You can look back now and see how you should have known, but you were focusing on the facts instead of the feeling. &quote;

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I “Facebook like” you, but I’m not IN “Facebook like” with you. &quote;

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thinks that Twitter is like Facebook’s slutty cousin. It does everything dumb and whore-ish you’re too responsible to do &quote;

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“The best way to hold a man is in your arms.” –Mae West &quote;

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“One’s life should never be so boring that one resorts to making up quotes and falsely attributing them to famous people.” – Winston Churchill &quote;

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It’s not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It’s about the journey. &quote;

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If you can’t stop thinking about someone’s update, that’s called “status cling.” &quote;

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IBD Verdict

Flat-Out love has an alluring story line with characters that you will root for. The author has done a great job in portraying love with elements of humor, family, current tech and a unique plot – all packed into one.

Book Insight

  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461085977
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jessica Park (April 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W9BYR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled

Jessica is the author of the novel FLAT-OUT LOVE, the YA novel, RELATIVELY FAMOUS, and the Gourmet Girl mystery series. She also has a few eshorts out: WHAT THE KID SAYS (1 & 2) and FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

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