Monday, October 17, 2011

Flat-Out Love

Flat-Out Love
Jessica Park
ISBN: 9781461085973
Source: Crazy Book Tours
"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."
My Thoughts:
Flat-Out Love is a great example of why I love to blog!  In addition to reading pre-released books from some of my favorite authors and helping others weed through the host of books available to avid readers, I find gems, diamonds in the rough, books that make me think “Wow, how is this not a best seller?”  Flat-Out Love is one of these books.  It’s a great example of a talented author that may not be on the New York Times Bestseller list, but really has the ability to end up there.  Flat-out Love reminds me of why I love the Indie publishing scene.  While I’ve read some horrible books that have been self-published, I have also read wonderful ones that make me wonder why a publisher would ever pass it over.
In this novel you’ll find hilarious family and personal dysfunction wrapped up in a great romance that truly reminds me of life.  Who doesn’t have a dysfunctional, imperfect family?  No one is perfect; everyone has their quirks, secrets and phobias.  Flat-out Love doesn’t hide the simple truths of life behind a fantasy.  Instead it makes you feel better about your own world because your life is either less dysfunctional, making you thankful, or just as dysfunctional, making you feel less alone!  I loved the mystery in this book.  The back cover lets you know there is a family secret that will spill out within the pages but I couldn’t wait to discover what it was and how it would come out.  The characters are compelling.  I wanted to know more about them, read more about them and simply enjoy them for who they are. 
In addition to the family, drama, and romance Flat-Out Love mixes the technology of today in with its story.  Readers can expect to read text, Facebook chats, e-mails and random status updates throughout the book as Finn travels the world, surfacing only in technological ways.  The book even throws craigslist into the mix.  This novel has a little bit of everything.  It’s heartbreaking and vulnerable while funny and charming at the same time.  I enjoyed this book!  It’s definitely a keeper!
“It’s not what you know -or when you see - that matters.  It’s about the journey.”
Highly Recommended

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