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Flat-Out Love Paperback – April 10, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Flat-Out Love Series

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"Flat-Out Love is the first book in a long, long time that has touched me this deeply."
---Book & A Latte

"It made me feel emotions I thought my black heart wouldn't allow."---See K Read

"This book was so outrageously good. It has surpassed--dare I say it?--my deeply beloved Nicholas Sparks."
---Just Another Book Addict

"...This is The Best Book I Have Ever Read...I have read a lot of books but none like this one. It made me laugh until I nearly cried. It's funny, sad, romantic and just simply fantastic..."
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"Within the first chapter, I laughed out loud no less than four times. The characters were well-rounded, and strong while still vulnerable...Flat Out Love is a shining example of romance in the internet age..."--Random Musings

"I loved it so much that I'm already considering how long to wait before re-reading it. The romance in this one is amazing because it's a slow building, feel-it-in-your-stomach kind of love."
---Book Labyrinth

About the Author

Jessica Park is the author of the young adult novel RELATIVELY FAMOUS, five Gourmet Girl mysteries (written as Jessica Conant-Park) and the e-shorts FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD and WHAT THE KID SAYS (Parts 1 & 2). She grew up in the Boston area and then went to Macalester College in frigid St. Paul, Minnesota. During her freshman year, there was a blizzard on Halloween, and she decided that she was not cut out for such torture. So she moved back to the east coast where, she'd forgotten, it still snows. Oops. She now lives in New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, she is probably on Facebook , pining over 80s rock stars, or engaging in "Glee" activities. Or some combination of the three. Probably with a coffee in hand.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461085977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461085973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,504 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa C. Douthit on July 4, 2013
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Occasionally you come across a book that goes so deep, it stuns you. This was one of those stories. Without giving away too much, the basic storyline goes something like this: Julie is a newly minted college student who arrives in Boston and due to an unfortunate turn of events involving craigslist and a burrito joint, finds herself homeless. But not to worry, her mother calls her and tells her she can stay temporarily with the family of an old college friend until she finds an apartment. Or so she thinks. As she proceeds, in vain, to find a suitable apartment, she begins to get to know the family, becomes comfortable with them and settles in, eventually learning their strange eccentricities and falling in love with them. The more and more the inexplicable oddities pile up, however, she becomes suspicious that all is not well, until the big revelation at the end (not going to give it away).

I have to say I knew what was really happening one-fourth of the way into the book, but I still didn't know the details about the older brother and regardless, loved the ending. There's a reason this book is called Flat Out Love. Because despite the precariousness of our human condition, the shallowness of our sanity, and the fragility of our minds, love (flat out love) is the only thing that can heal our emotional wounds and bring us back to that level that we call sane or "normal", however elusive or ethereal that is. Flat Out Love is an exploration into the human psyche, how it behaves in extreme circumstances, and how it heals itself with this beautiful thing called love.

So, although terribly cliched and used by way too many readers, I'm going to say it, too. I flat out loved this book. Buy it. Read it. You will flat out love it, too!

My hat goes off to you, Jessica Park! What a terrific book!
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I’m going to try very hard not to be all gushy and a flat out girl. Even though, it is what I am. Sorry folks, can’t argue with biology.

Flat-Out Love was a book that was recommended to me by my Kindle Paper White the day I received it in the mail. I checked it out and after deciding that it was a good gamble I bought it. Needless to say, I do not regret my decision. I absolutely fell in love with Jessica Park’s unique, witty, and quirky writing style. It’s a fresh and new read that will have readers fully engaged and enthralled until the last page.

After Julie Seagle finds herself apartment-less in Boston, her mother, Kate, comes to the rescue. Kate contacts an old friend from college who resides in Boston and has her daughter there faster than you can say Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. Cue in incredibly smart, techy, cute, and sweet Matthew Watkins. It’s in that moment that Julie’s life becomes interwoven with the Watkin’s. She never expected to get close to them. Never expected to think of them and their house as home. And she most certainly did not expect to fall in love with Finn Watkin’s, the older son who she has never met but knows fully like she’s never known another boy before.

There’s a secret surrounding Celeste and what happened to her. Celeste is the youngest daughter in the family. She’s rather quirky and very mature for her age. From the moment that she walks into the Wakin’s home there is some mystery surrounding Celeste. Everyone seems to be walking on egg shells around her and oddly go around with her protective nature over Flat Finn – a life size cut out of her older brother. You see, Finn is traveling the world and Flat Finn is a way for Celeste to deal with her brother being away.

Of course, there is something more.
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FLAT-OUT LOVE is currently being touted by Amazon as an example of their self-publishing program. Apparently some people find this offensive. I'd urge you to separate the book from the company, however. There's no reason to penalize either this book or the author for Amazon's advertising choices. The fact is that FLAT-OUT LOVE is an original and charming story that is every bit as good as the genre fiction being produced by the Big Six.

FLAT-OUT LOVE is not a complex work, but a heartfelt one and a creative one. The protagonist, Julie, is very likeable and her development as a young adult is charming. Unlike many works that are tagged as YA, this book is about imperfect people, not just those who struggle only because they are missing a parent or money. Julie and the family she attaches to during her freshman year in college are nerdy, maladjusted, disturbed, and genuinely loveable. Their journey through their tragedy and towards healing is genuine and heartrending. Tears are a given during the last quarter of the novel, but it's worth it, because these characters deserve to happy, and you're willing to endure their pain in order to get to the payoff.

If you're looking for literary fiction, this isn't the book for you. This isn't a beautiful medley of words and images. FLAT-OUT LOVE is genre fiction, and the storyline and interactions between the characters are the point. That isn't to say that the writing here is poor, it is as good as the majority of genre fiction, but the point is the story, and the story is a great one.
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