I first heard about this book from Lucy of The Reading Date with her glowing review. I then entered a contest for a copy of the e-book which I was ecstatic to have won!
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park begins with the lead character, Julie, literally stranded in Boston. Her housing plans during her first year of college falls through because of a shady Craigslist deal and she finds herself in quite a predicament. Saved by a family friend, she becomes more and more immersed into the family’s lives. A seemingly perfect household on the surface, there’s something that they’re not telling her and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.
This captivating novel features a cast of memorable characters, each with their distinctive qualities and quirks. From the eccentric Celeste to the nerdy Matt, Park develops the characteristics remarkably – allowing the reader to feel like they’re getting to know these people too. I had to chuckle at Julie’s escalator phobia, as a good friend of mine is also quite terrified of escalators.
I loved all the pop culture references and how timely the novel is with constant Facebook updates by the characters, conversations about Twitter, Robert Pattinson and even Glee. Reading the “About the Author” page, I find out that Park is a Gleek as well! Which I actually wondered about… with Julie being from Ohio (McKinley High!) and one of the characters named Finn (Sigh. Maybe it’s a fellow Gleek that would pick up on such nuances… :cool:)
I know it’s been used among other reviewers of this book, but I really do flat-out love this book. 🙂 I honestly would have given it a full 5/5 mark had I not unknowingly figured out the story so early on. Without giving anything away, I started getting an inkling on one of the plot points and I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I kept reading. Because of that, it ruined a bit of the climactic part of the novel for me, but it was still so well written and built up to have it be satisfying nonetheless.
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5)