Book Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

June 19, 2014 New Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★★

Book Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica ParkTitle: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
Series: Flat Out Love #2
Published by: CreateSpace on May 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Author
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
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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.

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: A sweet and cute story of love and learning to love yourself.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

I was a fan of Flat-Out Love so when I heard there was going to be a book about the sister of one of the main characters, who herself was quite the memorable character, I definitely wanted to see how she turned out. Overall, I really enjoyed Flat-Out Celeste. Not only do we get a sweet and cute romance, we get a “not-so-normal” girl who is trying to fit it, who slowly learns that it’s okay to stand out. I loved that it was about so much more than the romance and Celeste’s quirky personality was so entertaining, I really liked her character.

Celeste is anything but ordinary. She’s a super smart girl, but she’s definitely socially awkward and doesn’t have any friends. Since she’s about to graduate and starting a new chapter in her life, she really wants to take a step out of her comfort zone, discover if there’s more to life than just studying, and taking chances. Some of the things she tried were pretty funny and I was surprised she was able to do a lot of them, considering it was so unlike her, but that’s what I loved about it.

While on her path to self-discovery, she starts a friendship with Justin, a college student who initially contacted her as a liaison for his university, who was interested in Celeste attending their school. I loved their conversations. They definitely balanced each other out pretty well, Justin being very out-going, friendly, with a touch of hyperactivity – perfect for a rather reserved person like Celeste. Their interactions were so cute and innocent, it was fun watching them fall in love.

You also get to see a bit of Matt and Julie, the main characters from the first book, here, too. While I like the couple, how their ending plays out felt a bit forced to me. I loved their ending, don’t get me wrong, but there wasn’t any build-up to it that made me believe something like that could happen. There needed to be something more, for me at least.

Either way, I enjoyed Flat-Out Celeste. It was adorable awkward and super sweet. If you’re looking for a quick, light romance with quirky characters, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

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