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Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 22, 2014
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Jessica Park is the author of FLAT-OUT CELESTE, LEFT DROWNING, FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.
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I do think this book works better if you have read Flat-Out Love. I don't want to give spoilers for this book but I think some of the smaller plot lines would work best for someone who has read and enjoyed that book. However, you could enjoy this book on a simpler level without first reading that one. The essentials are summed up in the book.
Celeste is a quirky character that many of us fell in love with in Flat-Out Love. She has retained all of that quirkiness and has grown into a young lady trying to find her place in the world as well as self acceptance. We go with her on this journey through her senior year of high school. She is achingly lonely but doesn't know how to change that. The world has sent her too many messages that her quirkiness is too extreme for anyone to accept as anything more than a casual acquaintance. Luckily, some people and events occur to try and change her mind.
I adored the new character of Justin. He is delightfully quirky, like Celeste, and I was totally charmed by him as she was. I love the way they center each other and accept each other's uniqueness. I also loved the way Jessica Park wrote about the smaller and more subtle ways he gets Celeste and cares for her. I also loved the small every day things she does for him. These two together brought out the swoons. I love when authors write instances of romances that are good examples of what people should emulate. Too often people accept less and maybe it is because they don't know what a good relationship looks like. These two show a relationship done right.
I will say one thing I found interesting. This book has instances of "the Grand Gesture". By the grand gesture I am referring to those super big romantic gestures that populate books, TV and Movies designed to make us swoon. However, I am not the biggest fan of "The Grand Gesture" because anyone can throw out a grand gesture. These are not things that make relationships work. Sometimes, even, they become devices in books that take attention away from the fact that not much else is shown as to why a relationship works. I am a fan of the every day little things that couples do and go through together. These are the things that ultimately make me believe in any relationship be it romantic, familial or friendship. So while there are instances of "the Grand Gesture" there were many more instances of the everyday little and small connections depicted that made me believe in the relationships. So that allowed me to sit back and enjoy the grand gesture much more than I usually do.
But lets talk about the romance. Holymygosh, the romance. It was a double-decker rollercoaster ride of romance!! I was so excited that Matt and Julie played such a pivotal part in the story. But they weren't the stars. Justin and Celeste were cute and quirky...and totally swoon-worthy. I didn't think that this story would grab me like Flat-Out Love did. I knew I would love it, but I didn't know I would FREAKING LOVE IT as much as I do.
I love elevator scenes. love love love them. and all the sweet texting. and the drunken decisions. and christmas trees. and everything.
I really enjoyed Celeste in a Flat-out Love but I'm not enjoying her the same in this book. I understand Celeste's character to be socially awkward but this takes it to the extreme. I have yet to laugh as I did in the first story. Celeste has a very dry personality that I cannot get into.
Celeste reminds me of Sheldon from The Big Bag Theory.
Celeste is on a trip of self discovery trying to find her place in life. Celeste is looking for a college that fits with her quirkiness.
Both have a tendency to ramble when communicating with one another. Justin is funny and clumsy. Justin's meandering is quite charming and very entertaining. Justin is the redeeming character in this story.
The story is at its highest when Justin and Celeste communicate. Other than that I get bored with the story. The story is written from a third party perspective which is interesting. I much rather it be told from the first person point of view because it gives incite into a persons emotions. Well I guess in this case Celeste does not show much emotion because she is too busy perfecting her etiquette and professionalism.
The only part I enjoyed was the texting between Justin and Celeste. The rest of Celeste's experiences in life were boring. I could have done without reading about Celeste. She no longer held fascination for me as she had in Flat-Out Love.
Celeste's social awkwardness was understandable in the beginning of the story but as the friendships form and a boyfriend is encountered I no longer felt the need to keep hashing Celeste's social inexperiences at this point she should chalk everything up as a learning experience which we all encounter at one point in time.
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