I’m finally getting around to my review of Flat Out Love by Jessica Park. Click here to read the synopsis on Goodreads.
First off, my rating: 3.5/5
Now to the review (spoilers below)
I toyed with my actual rating because I’m not exactly sure what I think it should be. It’s a cute book. For someone who loves Happily Ever After books, like I do, then this is cute. Its satisfying. It ends wells. BUT it takes F O R E V E R to get there.
The book is broken into three books. And this is the first strike against it. I’m assuming these three books are supposed to have a beginning, middle, end? Or what’s the point of the three books. That being said, book one had no point to me. It was all set up, no action or arc. I read the first chapter, maybe even two, and felt excited to read on. It was a great set up. Julie goes to college, finds out the apartment she booked is actually a burrito shack, and now she has no where to stay. On top of that, her mother’s long lost friend lives near by and is willing to help out for the time being. She sends her conveniently good looking college aged son to pick her up.
Great set up, right? I want to keep reading. What’s going to happen between Julie and Matt, the Hot son? I read books for the answer to this question. However, by the end of book one (1/3 of the book), there had been NO progress on this front. WHAT AM I READING FOR?
So I tried to figure out what was the purpose of the book? What does Julie want if it’s not Matt? What is the goal or need that’s driving me to read the book?
And this is where my lower rating came from. I struggled to find the answer. The first third of the book did not set up the story like I had hoped it would. It did not even set up the story that, after two chapters, I had expected.
I read on and yes, it does get better, cute even. And the twist at the end (which I won’t spoil for you), was unexpected. I even had it sort of spoiled for me and I still didn’t guess the whole thing. I like when a book surprises me.
SO, over all, it’s a fun, cute, quick read.
My Vote: if you’re looking for a book to read right now, its a cute one.