Flat Out Love – Featured on Flashback Friday

Flat Out Love

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

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.

Double Review

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




Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Featured on Flashback Friday

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

6 stars!!!!


In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life – someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.


Narration was perfect, all of the characters were beautifully spoken and created with the narrators lovely voice. Thank you.

I finished this book last night at 1 o’clock in the morning, I couldn’t not finish it.
With tears running down my face and proper ugly crying, I managed to get to sleep, but this was the first thing I thought of when I woke up.

This beautiful story is written in the voice of June, she is 14 and a little bit quirky, but she doesn’t care what anybody else thinks, only Finn.

Finn is her uncle and she worships him, he is also quite a famous painter, and also dying of AIDS.

June knows this, as does the rest of her family, her sister Greta who is always mean to her but really just want her sister back, and her Mother Dani who doesn’t really know what to do with June.

The story is set in 1987 when AIDS had just come on to the scene, and everybody was ignorant about it.
You remember when it was just a “Gay disease?” and people were careful about who they touched?

A couple of the things about that made me laugh, but then thinking back, it was actually like that. Rude ignorant people, not touching someone incase they caught “The AIDS”

After Finn dies, June has nobody that understands her, not like her uncle Finn, and she starts up an unlikely friendship with her uncles boyfriend Toby who she never knew before, and was and still is a secret.

The book is so beautifully written that I found myself going back to passages to re read.

This book will make you laugh, cry, and even break your heart a little, Please please read it, you must.