Friday, May 23, 2014

Review Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

Title: Flat-Out Celeste
Author: Jessica Park
Series: Flat-Out Love Spin-off
 Publication Date: May 23rd 2014


Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.
But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.
Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.
Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

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About the Author

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.
Please visit her at and on Facebook at and Twitter @JessicaPark24

It was best, she had learned, not to set herself up for failure.”

Wow. I’m in awe. I’ve loved Celeste since she was just a little girl trying to cope with the death of her older brother, her mother’s depression and her family falling apart. She was that special little girl, hauling Flat Finn after her. She was the little girl people found weird because of her coping mechanism. I loved her then and I love her now.
Because now, she’s a beautiful young lady, still as special and unique as ever and what others find weird or crazy at her are the things that set her apart from the rest of the crowd. Celeste is a beautifully constructed character that cannot simply fade away and get lost in a crowd because she shines way too bright.
In her very own book, we see her set off on a journey of reinventing herself and trying new and different, unusual – to her – things so she can fit in somewhere. There were some scenes that made me laugh out loud. But then she realizes that all she has to do is be herself and people start gravitating towards her.
Justin, the amazing hero of our story, comes into her life with a simple email and things evolve from there, into a friendship where they keep emailing each other and text one another and they simply click. They get each other. Celeste finds herself in Justin and vice versa, because Justin hasn’t had it easy either but he managed to overcome everything bad, in the end and he truly wanted to help Celeste do the same. 

You’re a lifesaver, Celeste.”
“No, you are my lifesaver.”

But, unfortunately, Celeste needed to do that alone. And she did. She came out a victor and realized that seeking refuge in something that has helped her when she was just a child – Flat Finn – won’t help her now because she needed to move on. And she did. 

The shape of you and the shape of me.”
“And the shape of us.”

While reading this beautiful, touching story of Celeste, I smiled, I laughed, I chuckled and I even got teary-eyed, at some parts. It almost killed me but oh, the ending was so worth it. That’s when the dam broke. HEAs sometimes need time and help to happen or continue.

I am choosing a love that defies boundaries and a life that defies boundaries. That is the power of Celeste.”

I think you can very well gather that I truly loved this book, I love this series and it’s with a heart full of love for all of them that I give it five *flat* stars. Because yes, that is the power of Celeste.
 ***Copy given in exchange of honest review***

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