Top Ten Reasons to Read Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s subject is a freebie, so I decided to do some more of what I do best – talk about Flat-Out Love. Seriously, I think I’m going to rename my blog The Flat-Out Love Fangirl Blog.

Top Ten Reasons to Read Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

10. There’s a twist you won’t see coming. I like to think that I’m pretty savvy to the whole “surprise, there is no Keyser Söze” thing. Usually, I can see something coming a mile away. And I really thought I had this one figured out. Then I wasn’t sure. Then I definitely knew it. The clues kept changing, so I really was surprised when the big reveal happened.

9. It’s a New Adult novel. In the little niche between Young Adult and General Fiction, there are few options featuring protagonists who are older teens, or younger adults. I love me some ya titles, but I also enjoy the in-between ones that remind me of the awkward times I went through during my earlier adult years.

8. Matt. He’s nerdy and serious and funny and dark. He cares about his family and wants to take care of them and 11096647-1protect them from being hurt.

7. The characters are real and relatable. Julie is struggling with her desire to help Celeste and her desire to have a normal college freshman experience. Matt is serious and hard-working, torn between berating his family for not doing things right and caring for his innocent little sister. Finn is living the best life he can under the circumstances. Celeste is young and immature, but she’s coping with her family’s dysfunction the best way she knows how. Jessica manages to make them all seem real and it’s incredibly easy to lose yourself in the story.

6. The humor is fantastic. Between Matt’s nerdy font jokes and Julie’s sarcasm, I laughed out loud several times while reading it. And then add in Celeste’s unique personality traits that everyone treats as if they’re no big deal, and the laughs add up.

5. It features a strong female main character. Julie isn’t a waifish blank slate looking for a man to complete her. She is strong and knows what she likes. She has a great sense of humor and isn’t afraid to tell people what she’s thinking. She cares for the Watkins family and wants to do what she can to help Celeste work through her problems. She’s patient and actually cares about her schoolwork.

4. Matt. He has a dry, geeky sense of humor and can laugh at himself.

3. Jessica and Digiglyph are creating an amazing app for the book that will take the readers inside the story. How freaking cool is that? It will turn this amazing book into a whole new experience. (Check out Jessica’s blog post in which she explains the features they’re working on and idea behind the app.)

2. The romance is out of this world. It’s both subtle and outright. It’s sweet and all-encompassing. It’s everything I want in a romance.

1. Matt. Trust me, he’s reason enough to read this book.

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen, February 1st, 2011
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover, 441 pages
Series: Book 1 in a trilogy
Goodreads summary:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. 

My thoughts: Wowza. That’s all I can say. Delirium blew me away.

Lena has gone her whole life looking forward to the day she can have the surgery that will eradicate love from her mind. Kids are brought up learning that love is the sickness that led to all of our past faults, including crimes and even wars. Now that there is no love, there is only peace. Out of the blue, a young man named Alex enters Lena’s life and shakes it up like she never could have imagined. I don’t want to give away too much here, but the book’s summary has already told you Lena falls in love. And how. She and Alex buck the system, though it isn’t an easy thing for Lena to do, given her upbringing. She has to fight her feelings because they are a sign of the delirium taking hold.

I thought the plot was fantabulous and such a unique idea. I have to give credit to Lauren Oliver here, because the way she wrote totally had me convinced that this ‘no love’ thing was a good idea! I understood why Lena and everyone saw this as a valid way of life. The writing was so descriptive; you are simply dropped into this world that looked like ours but was so different. The people, buildings and scenery were fully fleshed out and you could absolutely picture everything as it was described. The characters were complex and believable. Nothing they ever did was anything I would consider out of character or odd.

The dialogue was also believable and spot-on. I loved the way Lena and her best friend got along and were like regular teenage girls. The tension Lena felt with her family made you feel for her and her situation. As Lena started to have feelings for Alex, her hesitations and thoughts felt true to me. The chemistry between Alex and Lena was intense and I loved it. This was a real love story, not one of those ‘instalove’ things that many young adult books suffer from.

There was lots of action and it was so enthralling that by the end of the final climax, I was literally wringing my hands. I was in the cafeteria at work and I know people were looking at me but I didn’t care. I wanted to get to the end and see what happened, but I didn’t want it to end. And damn if it didn’t make me teary-eyed.

The sum up: Dystopian at it was meant to be, this is one of the best books I’ve read. I will be first in line to get the sequel when it comes out.

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Follow My Book Blog Friday 12/09/11

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week features 2 new blogs and a question to get the conversation started. This week’s question is:

Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

Surprise, surprise. Not. I’m choosing Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. A wonderful, wonderful book, it has warmth and sweetness with a bit of sadness, a touch of mystery and a healthy dash of funny thrown in. Seriously, this book has it all. I have already gifted it to someone for R.A.K. and I look forward to pushing it on several more people before the month is out, and well into the next year or so. Everyone should have the happy satisfied feeling that I got when I read it (and re-read it). The kindle and nook versions are only $3.99 right now, so what’s keeping you from discovering this amazing story already?! (For those without ereaders, Barnes & Noble and Amazon have the paperbacks for about $14.) Seriously, I can not stress this enough – you must read this book. If you doubt me, check out the reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. Then get thee to a bookstore!

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park {Review}

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park {Review}Title: Flat-Out Love
Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Self Published on April 11, 2011
Format: eBook, 400 pages
Source: Purchased
5 Stars
The sum up

Flat-Out Love has become my favorite book. Ever. It has everything I’m looking for in a book: unique plot, interesting and relatable characters, fun dialogue and lots of romance. This needs to be on your must-read list pronto.

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