Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review: Flat Out Love

Book Review: Flat-Out Love

What an outstanding book! This story chronicles Julie Seagel as she goes off to college, and suddenly finds herself with no where to live. She thinks she caught a break when a friend of her parents allows her to move in with their family. Then, she starts to see the dysfunctionality of the family. Don't get me wrong, ALL families function on some sort of dysfunctional level, but the Watkins family has more than their fair share. During her stay there, she uncovers a secret that could destroy the family. Honestly, isn't that the case is so many families?! Elder family members often find it easier to bury secrets, and sometimes it's for the benefit of younger family members, but for things to stay healthy, things need to be brought to light in an honest and sincere manner at some point. Secrets can cause more harm than good, though age appropriate discretion should always be used.

I loved how current the author made the book, including emails, instant messages, and facebook in the story. Aside from my grandparents and dad, ALL of my family is on facebook, and we keep in touch that way. I love to read touching stories from authors such as Elin Hildebrand, Nicholas Sparks, Sophie Kinsella, etc. and for me, Jessica Parks has joined the ranks. I daresay you might need tissues at certain points in this story because it will conjure up emotions from laughing and crying, tp sadness and happiness. I am so thankful I was introduced to this author, and I sincerely hope you'll take a moment to check her out.

The Kindle Edition of Flat-Out Love is available currently for just $3.99 and paperback for $13.49 at Amazon. She has some other books available via Kindle as low as $0.99! If you are like me, you are purchasing the other books so you can catch up. Personally, I like to have physical copies of books of favorite authors, so the other hard copies are on my wish list, to be read and added to my personal library. Also, if you want a sneak peek, the Amazon page currently has the option to Read the First Chapter FREE, but I can almost guarantee you'll want to read the entire book after that teaser!

Y'all know I don't like to give out too many details of a story, so it's not spoiled for anyone, so here's a brief product description from Amazon:

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It's not what you know--or when you see--that matters. It's about a journey.

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.

Author & Book Information:

Jessica Park is the author of FLAT-OUT LOVE, 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. 
Jessica loves to hear from readers and does her best to get back to everyone who writes her! You can e-mail her HERETell her about your ex-boyfriend who was a font nerd. Or send pictures of awesome Flat People on adventures. (You get bonus points for this. Possibly some sort of award, too.) Stories of online romance. Apartment rental disasters. Skydiving experiences... Whatever you want.

And like any normal person, she has an online addiction, so you can find her on FACEBOOKGOODREADS, TWITTER, and blogging at What the Kid Says about her kooky conversations with her son. Her young adult book, RELATIVELY FAMOUS, has its own website (greedy book!), so stop by for more info

Please take a moment to stop by the other blogs on this tour and read their thoughts and opinions as well!
10/4/2011 - Colloquium - http://www.jhsiess.com
10/5/2011 - Reader Girls - http://readergirls.blogspot.com        
10/6/2011 - Kritter's Ramblings - http://www.krittersramblings.com
10/7/2011 - Reviews by Molly - http://reviewsbymolly.blogspot.com                     
10/8/2011 - Laurie Here Reading and Writing Reviews - http://www.lauriehere.blogspot.com
10/9/2011 - WV Stitcher - http://kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com                 
10/10/2011 - A Bookish Affair - http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com/               
10/11/2011 - the bookish mama - http://iam-bookish.blogspot.com                      
10/12/2011 - Books in the Burbs - http://www.booksintheburbs.com                    
10/13/2011 - The Many Thoughts of a Reader - http://hotpinkvixen.blogspot.com             
10/14/2011 - Proud Book Nerd - http://www.proudbooknerd.com/          
10/15/2011 - Hippes Beauty and Books OH MY - http://www.hippiesbeautyandbooksohmy.com/
10/16/2011 - StephTheBookworm - http://stephthebookworm.blogspot.com                  
10/17/2011 - A Cozy Reader's Corner - http://acozyreaderscorner.blogspot.com            
10/18/2011 - Authors Book Corner - http://www.AuthorsBookCorner.blogspot.com             
10/19/2011 - Amusing Reviews - http://amusingreviews.blogspot.com  

***Disclosure: This was not a compensated review, and I am posting this information as part of a tour with Crazy Book Tours. No positive opinion was requested or required, and all opinions expressed are solely mine and were not influenced in any manner.*** 

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