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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celeste Fest: First Kiss Story

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We're super excited to share our love for Flat-Out Celeste and we hope you can join us! We have a lot of fun things planned for this! Some events we have planned include: Take Celeste around town, Dress-up Celeste, Curtsying Contest, Hot Yoga Selfies, First Kiss stories and more! 

DAY THREE: First Kiss Story

At first, I wasn't going to do this portion of the Celeste Fest. It felt way to personal. Plus I didn't want the whole world (especially you stalkers, yes, I'm talking to you LOL) to know my secrets. My first kiss isn't a memory I hold dear, and neither is my second or third or fourth or fifth or....oaky do you get the picture? I kissed a punch of frogs hoping each one would love me. I wanted it so badly. I don't know why. All I'd ever wanted was to fall in love and have a family. All my friends were falling in love around me, and I didn't want "the world to leave me behind". 

 I have decided to talk about what I learned from my first kiss. The truth is, Celeste is a role model for me in this department. My first kiss wasn't as memorable or as special as hers was. Justin was an all around good guy. He treated Celeste with respect and honor, the way all men should treat women.  He forgave her short comings and embraced her differences. 

 My first kiss was with a boy who had broken almost every heart in town. My heart was sure to be next on the list, and within weeks, it was. This kiss, which I thought was so special at the time, was just the beginning of bad choices for me. It should have been with someone who stuck around longer than a few weeks. Oh, he told me he loved me, but what do 15 year old really know about love? You don't truly understand what love is until you are faced with the pain of love. Love is this 3D sucky emotional ball of crap. 

I was the last of my friends to experience her first kiss. I was saving it for someone special, Someone who deserved it. I wouldn't say I regret it, but it isn't something I look back on fondly. I'd known him for about a year. He was a friend's ex boyfriend (should have been my first sign).  I remember he smelled strongly of Stetson cologne and the only thing I miss is the butterflies I got when I thought about him. (I wish I got those still, but now I have something better, comfort with a man who loves me.) We had a complicated relationship that consisted of late night phone calls and dates at the skating rink. We dated at 15, broke up, got back together, We rekindled at 17, broke up, got back together. You know, I haven't spoken to him in years, but I'm pretty sure he is in jail now, where I always knew he'd end up.

So to end my lesson learned. I should have waited. I should have held out for my own personal Justin. I should have held out for the one guy I would fly across the county for. The one guy who would fight for me. 

Author: Jessica Park
Release date: May 22, 2014
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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.

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at and on Facebook at and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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