Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love #2) by Jessica Park: Review

Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love #2) by Jessica Park: ReviewFlat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

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.

Leary says…

I’d like to start off by saying if you haven’t read Flat-Out Love yet, I definitely recommend reading it before you pick up Flat-Out Celeste…and while you’re at it, you should definitely read the novella Flat-Out Matt following Flat-Out Love. Trust me, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

I completely fell in love with Celeste in Flat-Out Love. My heart broke for her the entire book, the poor girl had so much to work through and so much that she experienced at such a young age. She found ways to cope with all of this in a completely abnormal way..but hey, who are we to judge?! Every person deals with big life issues in a completely different way and she found a way that worked best for her and I honestly have to commend her creativity!! When I heard we were getting a Celeste book I was honestly completely excited but also a little frightened. Celeste is such a unique and quirky girl I didn’t know how she would be portrayed as an 18 year old and if I would be able to connect with her at this age.

Let me tell you, I LOVE CELESTE EVEN MORE…if that was even possible! We get to experience her eccentricities (is that a word?!) at an 18 year old even more advanced level. When you meet Celeste in Flat-Out Love you know she is always going to struggle to connect with her peers and it’s extremely evident in the beginning of her book that this was exactly the case. I began to wonder…what type of guy is going to work in the romantic department for Celeste? Is he really going to accept her and all her ways, is he going to be quirky as well?! I was nervous about who this guy was going to be.

“We all have something. All of us. Every single person in this world has a quirk”

Enter Justin. He is the ying to her yang, the peanut butter to her jelly, the Matt to her Julie (you see what I did there my fellow Flat-Out Love lovers?!)…AKA HE IS PERFECT FOR HER. Trust me, you will fall in love with his hilarity, his self deprecation, and his total adoration of Celeste. I completely felt for Justin’s struggles through life but I totally fell in love with him.

“I lose myself and find myself at the same time with you.” 

I know my FLOL readers are wondering…do we see more Matt and Julie?! Well…OF COURSE. Celeste wouldn’t be Celeste if Matt and Julie weren’t close to her heart and helping her through the big leaps in life.

If you haven’t read the Flat-Out Love books, I truly hope I have convinced you that they are worthy of your time. You will fall in love with all of the characters and you will enjoy every moment you spend with Celeste as a young adult!

“I am choosing a love that defies boundaries and a life that defies boundaries. That is the power of Celeste.”

Series Order
Flat-Out Love • Flat-Out Matt • Flat-Out Celeste






About Jessica Park

Jessica Park is the author of the young adult novels FLAT-OUT LOVE and RELATIVELY FAMOUS; five Gourmet Girl mysteries (written as Jessica Conant-Park with her mother, mystery author Susan Conant); and the e-shorts FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD and WHAT THE KID SAYS (Parts 1 & 2).

Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy addictions to Facebook, Rick Springfield, and super-sweet coffee beverages.