Author: Jessica Park
Series: Flat-Out Love, book #1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: November 17, 2012
Source: purchased audio
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
Since both of us listened to the audiobook concurrently, we're going to handle this review more like a discussion. =)
Jen: So, after finally finishing the audiobook, what did you think of the book in general?
Mendy: It was great. Not the typical love story I’m used to. And the narrator was awesome; she embodied the character of Julie to a tee. What'd you think?
Jen: I loved the characters! Even Flat Finn, who wasn't technically breathing, became a character in his own right. Gawd, and I love what Celeste brought to the story.
Mendy: Flat Finn was great. I love their entire dysfunctional family. Very relatable -- of course, maybe not quite to that degree...lol.
Jen: Ah, the dysfunction! It was obvious from the beginning, I think, but then to find out how they got to that point. So sad.
What about that twist? Did you see it coming?
Mendy: I didn't. I had short-lived theories, but nothing I really leaned toward. I just couldn't imagine what was so serious that this entire family would go to such lengths to avoid talking about it. You knew all along, didn't you?
Jen: I did. And it was soooo hard not discussing it with you. Especially when I was finished and you were still taking your sweet time getting to the big reveal. I just knew something truly horrific had to have happened to those poor people for them to all react the way they did. And I was right. :)
So, did you like Julie? I loved that adorable banter between her and her mother at the beginning of the book. I would have loved to see more of that throughout the story. But I got some of the banter back with Matty and Julie, and that was kind of fun.
Mendy: Julie MADE the book. She was the sane one. Even Erin admitted that she was the foundation that held them together. Julie saw what the rest of them couldn't and she stepped in to help. I love her unique relationship with each of the other characters.
TBH, at the end I was a little annoyed with Julie and Matty's banter. I mean, really? You guys love each other and still act that way? Reminded me too much of the married couples I know, and their newfound love is just too fresh for all that.
Jen: Dude, I love banter. Keeps you on your toes. I did think that maybe their familiarity came back rather quickly when all was said and done, but they had some time to make up for, I guess. ;0) Think you'll read Flat-Out Matt? The novella from Matty's POV?
Mendy: Hmmm....not sure about that. I think I already know Matt's POV. What else is there to tell? And I kinda prefer the mystery in wondering what all the characters feel. Don't tell me. Just let me have my own feel for things, my own interpretation. What about you?
Jen: Yeah, I think I'm gonna try to read it this week while I have some down-time at work. Ha! She's also got another book -- Left Drowning -- coming out in July...I just got a copy for review. Think you'll read that one? *sings* I'll let you borrow my copy, if you want. :) It definitely sounds like your kind of book.
Mendy: Does sound interesting! Lemme borrow! :)
So, when all was said and done, how did we rate Flat-Out Love?
Jen: -- mostly because I saw certain developments and found it a little predictable
Mendy: -- I was pleasantly surprised by the turn the story took and found it quite engaging
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