What can I say?
For my first book review of 2013, I'll start with something I completely love. ♥
I picked Flat-out Love for at least 3 times in 2012, but didn't get passed Chapter 1 for some trivial yet funny reasons. First time I tried it was over the summer break last year. I read it on my cousin's gadget, but we parted ways so I wasn't able to finish at least Chapter 1. Boohoo. Second time was after reading Ascend by Amanda Hocking. I loved Switched and Torn, but the final installment was beyond frustrating. Ugh. Anyhow I needed to comfort my weeping heart so I picked this up only to find out that one major character in the book is named Finn! Apparently the other leading guy in Switched, Torn, and Ascend is named Finn as well. Obviously I wouldn't want anything, not even a name, to remind me of the Trylle Trilogy. So I didn't read Flat-out Love for the next four months. I tried a third time, but for some reason I couldn't remember I wasn't able to reach Chapter 2.
Come December 31st, I was browsing my TBR list for something quick and fun read. I wanted to finish something before the fireworks starts cracking so finally I picked up this book. AGAIN. Apparently it wasn't a quick read. WAIT! Don't get me wrong. It is a quick, light, and FUN Contemporary YA! :"] It's just that the characters are a little bit too nerdy in some way. Our guy, Matt Watkins, lives in a house of intellectuals. His mom and dad are both academes. His 12 year-old sister Celeste is also brilliant, but she has some socio-mental problems. She doesn't have friends; acts like a child; and keeps a flat cut-out board of his "adorable" travelling brother, Finn. So much for a normal family, aren't they?
Julie, with all her apartment mishaps, gets to live with the Watkins for a year. She temporarily stays at Finn's room since he's not around. Although Finn isn't around, Julie was able to befriend him through e-mail and Facebook chat. She babbles about her life. He sends her photos of his volunteer work abroad. Eventually she notices that something isn't really normal with her host family, especially with Celeste. Celeste cannot live without Flat Finn, the cardboard representation of his brother. So he asks Finn, who then tells her a glimpse of what happened, which apparently isn't enough to help Celeste and to satisfy her curiosity.
Eventually Julie and Finn admit their feelings for each other. Matt, on the other hand, stays the same old sweet, nerdy Matt. :"> When things are getting better, Julie discovered the worst. Even her life was broken when that she learned what happened. The question is, how will things fall back into place now that they're broken?
Discover the truth. Hope. Laugh. LOVE. ♥
Enjoy reading! God bless you! :)
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