Riding in Cars with Foxes: Flat-Out Celeste (@audible_com) @JessicaPark24 @wordsmithpublic
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I read this book last year and loved it. Just recently I was given the opportunity to listen to the audio and I couldn’t pass up the offer. It provided a chance for me to to experience this with my whole family. Lately we’ve gone on a couple longer car trips which gave us plenty of time to listen to Flat-Out Celeste.
I love that this is in the young adult genre and it is really innocent. With that said, my teen son would say there is nothing more awkward than listening to a ‘kissing scene’ with your parents. He announced in the car, “I thought you said that these scenes were ‘behind closed doors’!” Behind closed doors meaning we wouldn’t have to listen to any affectionate moments. *lol* In all honesty there are only two quick kissing scenes and even those were tame for the romance world.
As a family we enjoyed listening to this one! We began looking forward to our trips knowing that we got to listen about Justin & Celeste.
Foxes include: mom, dad, 18 year old girl, 17 year old boy, and 16 year old girl.
As you can see below my eldest daughter and I enjoyed reading this book.
My 16 year and I had fun making these re-enactment: Pinocchio Date Night | Creating Sugar Art
PURCHASE: KINDLE ($.99) | AUDIO ($1.99) can also listen to a sample.
Prices are subject to change but were that price at the time of posting.
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 Love and 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.