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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Flat-Out Celeste Review By Jessica Park

Goodreads Summary
Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

My Rating

My review
WOW! WOW! WOW! Talk about a book hangover!
I received an ARC of this book last week. After tormenting myself for a few days, I pulled it out to read. I had been anticipating this book for so long, I dreaded reading it only because I knew it would be really over. Jessica Park always writes flawed characters that people can relate to. Her ability to mix humor, love, and realistic situations are what make her goods so good. Celeste is not your normal 18 year old. She speaks so rustic (but to everyone else she speaks oddly)and I loved it. It was a mixture of old-time, proper grammar and genius mannerisms. She does not speak in contractions (which I am praising by not using contractions in my review!), and you can feel her struggle to be normal and fit in. Justin is a bit older, a bit scatter-brained, and has learned that it is okay not to fit into society's molds.
Park gives us an emotional roller coaster of a ride in the seat next to Celeste. We get to be there as she makes college decisions, learns about love, and makes friends. It has been a while since I have found an riveting book that makes me cry, one with a beautiful story that I have to share with all my friends. The writing was flawless, the story was humorous,and we even get glimpses of Matt and Julie with a little bit of Flat-Finn. I hope Jessica gets her next book out sooner rather than later because I don't know how much longer I can wait for my Park fix!
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