Friday, January 25, 2013

Flat-Out Love by: Jessica Park

“It’s not what you know—or when you see—that matters. Its about the journey.”
 -Flat-Out Love, Jessica Park

Julie Seagle must have odd luck. She’s starting school in Boston, but doesn’t have anywhere to live because the housing she picked out was a scam. Her mom calls a favor to a friend from college, who lets Julie stay with them. Julie soon finds out that the Watkins family is a strange bunch. The mother Erin, is emotionally distant and always gone. The father is never there, a true workaholic. Matt, the second-oldest son is a student at MIT with massive social issues. Then we have Celeste. Celeste is a 13 year-old girl who walks around with a flat version of her eldest brother Finn. Celeste has serious separation issues from “Flat Finn”, and the family ignores the fact that she using “Flat Finn” as a coping mechanism for her brother not being there. Julie meets Finn via Facebook, because he’s always “traveling”, and can never make it back to visit. Throughout the story, Julie’s relationship with Finn progresses as she messages him on Facebook. But the best part has to be some of the Facebook statuses. 

 “If you can't stop thinking about someone's update, that's called "status cling.” 
 “I 'Facebook like' you, but I'm not IN 'Facebook like' with you.”

Personally, I would classify this book as weird and entertaining, just like the Watkins family. The romantic relationship in this book isn’t like most of the romances out now. It was like relationships we had back in high school. He has a crush, but doesn’t know how to show it. She's in-love with the older brother; equalling all types of dysfunctionality. The story was a big psychological fest of proportions. I was probably diagnosing everyone in this book with some kind of disorder, which was pretty fun by the way.

So check out this book and let us know what you think. 


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