Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Flat-Out Love - Book Recommendation

 Flat Out Love by Jessica Park                                                        
I read this last year, when it was just available as an ebook and absolutely loved it. I was working my way through the Beautiful Disaster read-a-likes and this title kept popping up.(which if you haven't read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and enjoy reading books filled with angst, featuring super possessive alpha males and the girls who love them-you have to read this) . Flat-Out Love surprised and delighted me and I'm so glad our library has now acquired some print copies available for check out now. It is labeled as a young adult novel, but adults will enjoy it as well. It is not filled w/ anxiety or super possessive males, but it has a lot of heart and might even make you tear up.

Book description: 
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.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages

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