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Rashika, The Book Owl

So my name is Rashika and I am weird. I read a lot (duh) and I watch a lot of TV. I also like to review. Check out my blog (where I co-blog with awesome people).

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat-Out Love  - Jessica Park

“Gut-wrenching, overpowering, crushing, fulfilling, complex, bring-you-to-your-knees love.” 

Okay so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this. I only read it because of Matt aka the nerdy brother. Yes that is pretty biased of me but you don’t come across a lot of nerdy guys these days. You mostly come across bad boys and such, so as soon as I saw the nerdy boy I had to read it. 

I started this book hoping it would be a light fluffy read, would cheer me up because I was in a bad mood. More like a silly chic lit. I was off the mark by quite a bit.

This was a whole bundle of awesomeness tied in one. Everything about this book is awesome. I am confused about why the hell this is self-published. Books like these should be published without a question!
It’s always the good books that don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Oh well.

This is supposedly a chic lit and despite the fact that it has the chic litish feel to it, I think there is a whole lot more going on. This book isn't about a girl meeting a boy and falling head over heels. This is more about a girl trying to figure out what happened to this family that messed them up so much. This is about a girl healing a broken family. 
It's so beautiful.

Julie as a character is really great, she is relateable. She is smart but she also cares about what she looks like. She is right in the middle like most of us; we cannot totally give up on thing. We cannot totally forget about what we look like in the same way we cannot completely become idiots.

“Mom, I have to go. I think this Matt character is here."
"Are you sure it's him?"
Julie peered into the car as the window lowered. "I see a maniacal-looking guy with brightly-colored candy in one hand, and he's waving a sickle in the other. Oh! He's beckoning me to the car. This must be my ride.” 

She also has a great sense of humor. Her relationship with each of the family members is great. She tries to change Matt, to try to get him to open up a bit because she senses that despite how smart he is, no one can be as holed up as he is. She tries to fix Celeste as well because she notices the little things here and there but she doesn’t get the overall picture until later.

"You can look back now and see how you should have known, but you were focusing on the facts instead of the feeling." 

That quote basically describes the book for me and the book as a whole. I knew what was going to happen but I chose not to believe it. I didn't want to. Who would want that?

I suppose this is what happens when you don't listen to your gut. You get hurt. And that ending, it’s picture perfect. I wish we got to see the whole scene but we kind of know how it would play out so we have something to hold on to. 

I don't think anything I said could justify the beauty of this book. It's something you'll have to read yourself to figure out.