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.
Because there is magic in diversity.
Trying to survive her senior year of high school, she out shines her fellow students with her extreme intelligence and is left feeling isolated, while longing for things that she’s convinced are out of her reach. Despite her brilliant mind and beautiful appearance, she remains insecure and full of self-doubt. She’s anxious to get to college, where she can focus on academics. But when she realizes that college also comes with its fair share of social situations, she wants to prepare herself. Thus begins Celeste’s self-imposed social makeover.
Enter Justin Milano, a very charming college sophomore, who Celeste meets when he emails her on behalf of his university, which is showing interest in her. The two of them begin to email back and forth, quickly becoming friends, and they are absolutely adorable together! Justin is equally awkward, but so much fun. He’s animated and is so very sweet, that I couldn’t help but smile every time he made an appearance in the book. Right from the start, Justin and Celeste seemed perfect for each other. Although the tender moments between these two characters warmed my heart, no relationship is perfect, and they aren’t without their fair share of struggles.
He was so beautiful, this boy, in all senses of the word. He made her feel raw and exposed and vulnerable, but in doing so, he was healing her and empowering her.
“But I am gettin’ ballsy, aren’t I? It’s fun.”
And the scenes with Matt and Julie? Be still my heart. They were absolutely perfect.
Flat-Out-Celeste is a charming, completely endearing story about first love, and is told with such a unique sense of humor. It’s about feeling confident in your own skin, and realizing that you don’t need to change a thing about yourself to find acceptance. There’s someone out there who will love you just as you are. The author had me laughing, crying, and cheering for these characters, and I couldn’t put it down. To have dialogue that is so proper, even a bit stiff, evoke so much emotion, just shows how talented this author is, and is just another reason why I love her work so much. This was another home run for Jessica Park and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
And in that kiss, a part of me came to life.
Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy addictions to Facebook, Rick Springfield, and super-sweet coffee beverages.
(Information taken from Jessica’s website)