It’s Book Review Monday!
Today, I will be doing a review on Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Matt is a novella).
Flat-Out Love Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: AHHH! I love LOVE Flat-Out Love with a burning passion. I read it for the first time about a year ago and since then, I can’t seem to put it down. It’s sad, it’s funny, and it’s BEAUTIFUL! I fell in love with the characters almost immediately and I felt so connected to them. Julie, Finn, Matt, Celeste….They were all amazing characters! It’s going to be hard to give you a descriptive review because I don’t want to give anything away! But I will share that there is a major cliffhanger..
I was incredibly stunned of how deep Flat-Out Love was. I was laughing one minute, then crying the next. Julie is a new college student who arrives in Boston and due to an unfortunate turn of events involving craigslist and a burrito joint, finds herself homeless. Her mother ends up calling her old college roommate ,Erin, and tells Julie she can stay temporarily with them until she finds an apartment. Or so she thinks. As Julie continues on her journey to find an apartment, she begins to get to know the family, becomes comfortable with them and settles in, eventually she falls in love with all of them and their craziness. After a while, she realizes there is a story behind their odd tendencies, but no one wants to tell her..
We are introduced to so many amazing characters: Erin’s son, Matt, who is a total nerd, but secretly sexy. Flat-Out Matt is a selection of chapters from Flat-Out Love in Matt’s POV. Celeste, the youngest, who was super cute and strangely eloquent. Julie ends up staying in Erin’s older son’s room while he is on a journey around the world. After a while in Finn’s room, she decides to email him about her experiences in the household. I FLAT-OUT loved Finn and Julie’s witty conversations. I could not wipe the smile off my face! They become very close through the emails and Julie finds herself falling in love, but she soon figures out that things are more different than she thinks.
I have to say I knew what was coming about halfway through the book, but It wasn’t a total giveaway because I still didn’t know the details of “the story”. There’s a reason this book is called Flat Out Love because love is the one thing that can heal our wounds and help us grow from those wounds. Love brings us back to that level of being normal after traumatic experiences.
I FLAT-OUT loved this book with all my heart. Buy it. Read it. You will FLAT-OUT love it, too!
Until next time…
Catcha later bookworms!