Review: Flat-Out Love, by Jessica Park

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flat out loveTitle: Flat-Out Love
Jessica Park
Date(s) read:
February 23 – 24, 2013
New adult
Purchased (eBook)


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 Seagle 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.

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When I bought a copy of Jessica Park’s Flat Out Love, I’ll admit that I really had no idea what it was about. I figured it would be another new adult book, just like the others that had been so popular these days.

I really, really loved the romance in this story — some of it was a little predictable, but it was one of those good kinds of predictable. I kind of new what was going to happen and I was so happy when it did. I also liked that the romance really wasn’t instantaneous, but rather slow-building throughout the book. We really get to know the characters and fall in love with them first, before they fall in love with … well, I don’t want to ruin it … before they fall in love with the people they fall in love with. 🙂 

And the characters! I loved Julie, but I think I really loved Matt the most. He was just such a nerd, but a cute nerd who I really wanted good things for. He was so sweet to Julie, and to his little sister. Really, Matt’s whole family was awesome and very memorable. I wanted to be in their family! I also have to comment on the character of Flat Finn. I think this is the character that made me wonder what the heck I was reading, but I was amazed at how much I loved a character who was basically an inanimate object. It was great that all of the characters had such depth and were all so different from one another. It really made for an interesting story.

I thought that this story was so great in that it had so many layers to it and so many things that weren’t shown to the reader right away. There was always the inkling that something was going on, but I liked that it was always alluded to and not revealed until towards the very end. And even though this is a romance, it’s not ALL about the romance, but about family. I think that’s what had me turning the pages until the very end — the family drew me in and I just couldn’t put the book down! I

The only thing that I really didn’t like about this novel — and this is probably me just being super nitpicky — is the fact that everyone Julie seemed to come into contact with would have a witty repartee with her. To me, it just didn’t seem like everyone should be so clever with their dialogue. Still, the dialogue was great and I found myself smirking a few times as a read, so that might just be my own opinion. Another thing I kind of wished for was that the book had been in first person point of view. I loved Julie and felt like the third person held me back from really connecting with her.

This was a very fun read — full of serious subjects, witty dialogue, and memorable characters. I look forward to trying out more of Jessica Park’s work in the future.


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12 thoughts on “Review: Flat-Out Love, by Jessica Park

  1. I’ve been meaning to read this one for forever, as part of my decision to start reading more new adult/adult. It seems like such a great book, from what everyone has said. I’m super psyched you liked the romance so much! But yeah, I don’t think it’s realistic for EVERYONE to be so super witty.

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  2. Like you, I often find a first person POV makes it much easier to connect with the characters. I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall and the family sounds awesome!

  3. Glad you liked it!! I am a long time advocate for this book, and I’m glad it’s still finding new readers. It was one of the first popular NA novels, and I’d like to think it stands on its own… very different from what the most popular NA novels have become.

  4. I MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!! I think the romance sounds like what I’ve been craving, and unable to find lately. (I’m digging the New Adult stuff – which kind of shocks me, I didn’t want to! LOL!)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. I absolutely LOVED Flat-Out Love! 😀 I read it back when it came out and I thought it was amazing! And it was pretty much the first NA…back before someone gave New Adult the name. 😛 It was the reason Jessica Park had trouble getting a publisher for it…it was that in-between age that publishers didn’t think people wanted to read…guess they’ve seen that they were wrong by now! haha I’m glad you enjoyed this one though, Kristilyn. 🙂

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