Re-Read Review: Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) by Jessica Park

Posted March 13, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, Audiobook Review, In Review, Re-Read Review / 0 Comments

Re-Read Review: Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) by Jessica ParkFlat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Series: Flat-Out Love #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 17, 2012
Format: Audiobook, Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
Narrator: Julia Whelan
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge
My rating:

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.

So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.

Complicated? Awkward? Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother's? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn't supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she's never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection. But here's the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations - it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.


In Review My Thoughts

Hey there! While I wasn’t successful in the Re-Read Challenge in 2016, I did find that I loved the recommended format of the reviews so I’ve decided to keep it for my re-read reviews going forward. It looks a little different than my typical reviews, and I’m ok with that.

WHEN I First Read

September 2013 (Audiobook)
First Re-Read: May 2014 (Audiobook)
Second Re-Read: February 2018 (Audiobook)

WHAT I Remember

Honestly, I remembered pretty much everything about this book, even though it’d been nearly four years since I read it last. It is one of my all-time favorites so I suppose that’s not exactly surprising though, right?

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

The main reason I decided to read it again was because I knew it would make me cry and I needed such a book for a challenge I’m doing this year. And, I was right. But more than that, I’d just taken a photo of the book a few days before and it reminded me how much I loved it. I didn’t realize it’d been so long since I re-read, so I was totally overdue. I just needed some Julie, Matt and Celeste in my life again.

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

My love for Flat-Out Love knows no bounds and I can’t even properly put it in words. As was true the first two times I read, I was completely and utterly charmed by Julie, Matt, Finn and Celeste. I spent the first 80(ish)% of the book cheesy grinning while I listened. It just made my heart happy. Then, the truth is revealed and I was as devastated this time around as I was the first, when it took me totally by surprise. It wasn’t surprising this time, of course, but it was still painful. My feels had feels. And I loved it.

WOULD You Re-Read Again?

I’m pretty sure I will. As much as I love this book, it’s not one I can listen to TOO often, you know? I don’t want to numb the feelings that come with it. All that said, I need to make time to read Flat-Out Matt and Flat-Out Celeste again soon. Now that I’ve started, I need the full story.


“I’d just have to meet the guy right. Someone who isn’t ordinary. Someone who gets me. Someone I fit perfectly with. I want heat, chemistry, an undeniable connection. You know what I mean? I want it all. I’m done with ordinary and mediocre.”

“Julie, tell me that you fell in love with me, too. I know you did. I can feel it.”

But that’s what love does to you. Gut-wrenching, overpowering, crushing, fulfilling, complex, bring-you-to-your-knees love.

“It was always you. I thought it was somebody else, but it was you. You were the person I felt.”


About Jessica Park

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.


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