Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

Publisher: CreateSpace (May 22, 2014)
Paperback: 336 pages
Series: Flat-Out Love #2
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 loved Celeste in Flat-Out Love and was happy to discover that she has her own book in the Flat-Out Love series instead of the novella like I thought it would be. Just like in Flat-Out Love, Celeste is still quirky with her weird speech pattern (it takes some time to get use to it) and she’s insecure. However, she no longer carries Flat Finn with her around on a daily basis. It’s actually quite sad how dependent she became of the cardboard cut out of her brother in Flat-Out Love, but she’s hit quite the growth spurt in the sequel. Her life changes the moment one of the college representatives Justin emails her the wrong date for a college event. Like “Finn’s” and Julie’s relationship (adding quotes around Finn because Finn isn’t who you thought he’d be),  their relationship developed through countless emails and it’s so cute to watch the whole thing unfolding. The emails can be a bit long winded to read through sometimes.

We also get to see old faces like Julie and Matt. I felt so sad about hearing their relationship is broken at the beginning of the book, which left me quite confused at the beginning of Flat-Out Celeste because they ended up being such a cute couple in Flat-Out Love after the entire situation gets sorted out. Celeste is determined to get them back together because she knows they still have feelings for one another if they can just work them out. She can’t accept that they’re no longer together and boy is Celeste stubborn about it. Despite that Julie and Matt are no longer in touch with one another it doesn’t stop Celeste from keeping in touch with Julie. It’s nice to know that their friendship hasn’t change because Julie lives across the State. The ending for Julie and Matt is something sweet, but I won’t spoil what happens.

I liked how Celeste changes from the first time we meet her in Flat-Out Love to the sequel that is of Flat-Out Celeste. She’s not as broken or lonely as she used to be now that she has friends. There were feels in this book and even though it seems like you can’t relate to Celeste because of her weird speech patterns, by the end of the book I feel as though I can relate more to Celeste’s insecurities than to any of the other characters in the Flat-Out Love series.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park”

  1. This sounds like an interesting premise though it definitely sounds like I should start with Flat Out Love before moving onto this one. Thanks for sharing!

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