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.
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.
I’m a fan of Celeste and the POWER OF CELESTE!!
My teenage daughter, Samantha, is an avid reader but not of the romance genre. Last year I convinced her to read Flat-Out Loveand she stayed up until 3 am, on a school night, to finish it. I asked her what she thought and she said that she liked it. Even though she liked the book I couldn’t convince her to read another romance book.
When she heard FLAT-OUT CELESTE was coming out she one-clicked it right away. Watching her experience this book was so much fun because she literally wouldn’t put it down. I took photos of her reading it while she was out in public suppose to be interacting with people: during her choir concert she read while she waited her turn and when we were at a restaurant for a family dinner she had the book covering her face. When someone would asked her a question she would look up and say, “Did you say something to me?”
Here she is caught in the act of reading while at a restaurant!
To say that she was in a zone when reading this book is an understatement. Once she finished I convinced her to write her first GR review-> http://bit.ly/1q8ghlH
You must read Flat-Out Love first before reading this book because there are too many spoilers in this book and it’s a continuation of FOL but with Celeste as the main character. Another piece of advice I give all my friend when they read FOL -> don’t read any review before hand. Go into the book blind. It’s more fun that way.
In FLAT-OUT CELESTE Celeste and Justin’s relationship parallels the couple from FOL. Celeste starts out like her brother in a relationship with someone she’s never met in person but instead via email. A few other things were similar to her brother’s romance but it was done in a whole new fashion. I had fun discussing with my daughter the ways they resembled each other. I really want to list all the similarities but I don’t want to spoil the fun for those who haven’t read it yet.
Celeste and Justin are flat-out funny and quirky characters. Between speaking their minds to being absentminded they had me laughing. In one particular scene the tears spilled down my face.
Young adult romance can be a hard genre to write especially if you take sex out of the equation. Then the author must rely on plot and story telling skills to keep an “older” audience interested. Ms. Park did just that with this story. I never once missed that the character never had “sexy time.” Don’t get me wrong they did have romantic times together but sex was never involved. BRAVO, MS. PARKS, on creating a story I’m able to recommend to teen readers and not worry about their parents freaking out because there’s smut in the book. P.R.I.C.E.L.E.S.S.
Continuing story where secondary characters from the first book become the main focus in subsequent books.
Book 1 & 1.5 is one character’s POV of the same story.
Below is Jessica Parks response to my tweeet:
@FoxyBlogs I love the images you put in your reading progress, lol! So glad you liked Celeste’s story.
To see the status updates she’s referring to go here ->https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/946296352
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