Book rating: ♡♡♡♡♡
Narration rating: ♡♡♡♡♡
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.
Gush gush gush gush gush……….
If I didn’t gush enough for you then let me break it down for you, I kinda LOVED this book.
I’ve read so much YA at the minute with instalove, rippling muscles and lopsided smiles ( What the hell is a lopsided smile anyway? I mean try to do one now….GO ON … see, you look like a total freak, do it in the mirror ……do you look sexy hmm? NO you look like a serial killer! )
Anyway where was I …….. oh yeah gushing haha.
So this was not the usual YA book it was a little bit different.
Julie gets a placement for a university in Boston, gets her bags packed and off she goes, however when she gets there the apartment she has secured is not so much as secure but non existent.
Good old mum calls a friend of hers from years back who tells Julie to go and stay with them………….thats when the weirdness starts.
So Julie is collected by Matt who is a quite handsome but geeky to take her back to the house.
Later she is then joined at dinner by Erin (Mother and a bit of a snob) Roger ( A biologist who studies the excitment of shrimps!) Matt ( Geeky know it all with bad dress sense) Celeste ( Matts younger sister who talks like she is in a period drama) ……..And Flat Fin (A lifesize cardboard cut out of the older brother!)
This at dinner is all perfectly normal with everyone no one even bats an eyelid at FF, and they just go about their dinner as normal.
This is also a tiny bit wierd for Julies liking, but then finds out that Fin is travelling around the world and Celeste uses the flat version to compensate for the fact her brother is not there.
Julie settles in nicely and gets close to all of the family especially Matt and Celeste, but most of all Fin.
Ahhhh Finn …..swoon.
Have you ever fallen in love with someone you have never met?
After friending him on facebook and chatting regularly Julie realises that they are falling for each other.
NOW dear readers after reading that little bombshell you would in fact be doing the whole erghhh…… come on Vicci you told us it wasn’t an instalove book.
But this book is different……. it’s like a jigsaw, you know when you start doing it you find the nice straight edges, fit them together and then the fun begins, and there is always that last piece, that you can not find, and it’s always there but it’s hiding behind the others. …THAT IS THIS BOOK.
I laughed out loud
I nearly cried
I shouted OMG at the top of my voice.
What can I say…………but gush!
After reading V’s fabulous review reminded me of my love for this book as well, so here is my flashback review!
Read in 2015
Actual rating 4.5
This book was so close to being perfect, but it just didn’t get there for me…..
I loved, loved, loved the love story in this book… so sweet, so swoon worthy, so simple, yet so complicated….
I also really enjoyed the relationship between Julie and Celeste…. it was very unique and slightly unrealistic…. but my hat goes off to a girl that is 18 and goes off to college… then very unselfishlyreally tries to improve the life of a 13-year-old girl…who she has no relationship with….*** looking back I think I found it a bit unrealistic that an 18-year-old would be this selfless, but I’m sure it could happen***
Where my biggest problem with this book was the extremely dysfunctional family…. it was just really hard to understand these parents and their motivations….*** why there are so many YA/NA books with horrible parenting is really unfortunate*** and then for it to be fixed so easily…. I just don’t feel it or find it likely….. Also Julie bugs me a bit with her need to not be shallow….. it almost made her more shallow…. if that even makes sense? I could really pick some things apart, and go on and on, but I digress…
ultimately I really enjoyed this book… and absolutely adored the love story!😍
PS: I believe this book is on KU