Title: Flat-Out Love
Series: Flat-Out Love, #1
Genre: New Adult
Date published: September 11, 2012
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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.
Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages
I started it because I knew I'd be doing a lot of driving that day. I expected it to last me a few days. Nope. I could not stop listening/reading it. The narration is good, but there are parts of this book that are better read. Especially the emails, facebook statuses, and instant messages bits. I will admit to having paused parts just to pull over my car and read them, because I knew I'd missed something.
Bedtime was an hour later than normal because of this blasted thing... and even in bed, I couldn't sleep. I had to talk to my husband about it... even though the entire time he was mumbling "go to sleep" on repeat. I just couldn't... I kept going on about it until I passed out.
If you don't know me, I'm a very emotional reader. Here's an example that Sofia said I had to share:
Also, as a nerd, I did want to smack Julie a few times. Her NerdHate, although not serious, was a bit annoying. I know people that feel strongly about some of the things she said, and it bothered me a bit. I would also like it noted that I want all of Matt's shirts. Is there a full list of them somewhere? I'd like it so I could give it to my husband and make demands.
It's been almost 24-hours since I've finished it, but I've had a hard time functioning today because of it. I kept thinking about it.. It's times like these that I had the ability to reread books for the first time, just to experience it all over again.