Saturday, September 20, 2014


We're super excited to share our love for Flat-Out Celeste and we hope you can join us! We have a lot of fun things planned for this! Some events we have planned include: Take Celeste around town, Dress-up Celeste, Curtsying Contest, Hot Yoga Selfies, First Kiss stories and more! 

Author: Jessica Park
Release date: May 22, 2014
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Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.. 

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.

Our favorite Celeste-isms! 

“I see that they are on a motorcycle. I have concerns about where the handlebars might end up.”
“Don’t worry. Nothing creepy happens with the handlebars.”
“I am unsure about this selection. I have not read these types of books before.”
            “Try it.”
“My expectations are not high.”
            “Then the odds of your being disappointed just dropped astronomically.”
“I will read it with gusto and a positive attitude.” Celeste nodded.

“What is meant by ‘nut bag’? Is that a testicular reference or merely the identification of a satchel of cashews or pecans?” 

“This is fun, Matty, isn't it? Cocktail hour is intoxicating." "It is." "I made a little joke there." - Celeste.” 

And a Justin-ism for the road, because he is so dang cute! 

“I’m not letting my woman of salvation travel around the dangerous streets unaccompanied. #chivalryaintdeadbaby #sendhelp #sendshrimp #hashtagsgoneinsane #hashtagsdonotbelonginatext #whatever I’ll pick you up at 7, okay?” 

#hashtagcourtneyout #hashtagshelisnext

"I do believe that I have a suitor"..."He took me out last night. Oh, Julie, I have had a sexual awakening!"
"Matthew and I were experimenting with cocktail hour, and it seems that things got a bit out of hand.".."Drunk may not be accurate, as I feel painfully sober and my senses are astronomically heightened by this hideous air travel venture."

"Make love, not war"
Our Review
Long ago, in a land far away...(okay, just kidding, sort of) Shelley and I hadn't yet "met" and were both reading the same books by the same authors. This happened to include a great love for Jessica Park and Flat Out Love. Can I just say. I STILL remember reading this book...and then we read Left Drowning and loved it, and theeeennnnn, came Celeste. I am in so much love with this book, it is getting ridiculous. YUSSSSS. Mad love for Jessica Park and her characters and her writing.

Celeste is Matt from FOL's sister, in case you haven't read that one...but if you remember her don't you? I bet you do, because she is a HUGE character in that book as well. I can't get enough of Celeste, because she is such a well written, well developed, well EVERYTHING character. She has character flaws. She drives the plot. She has insecurities. But most of all...she is coming of age, in the most riveting story. I have been in a book hangover for days! Little Celeste is now teenage Celeste and she's just so precious. I want to put her in my pocket and carry her around and love her and protect her and have adventures with her. She's just so interesting. (I'm intrigued by Jessica Park's brain and how writing this book was for her). I appreciated how Jessica Park wrote Celeste as a little lost and then through trial and error she began to figure out more and more about herself. She needed a little nudge, here or there, but by the end our little Celeste had blossomed into this more self-aware, lovely young woman.

Justin's character is equally matched in development as Celeste. And I don't want to short change him, but if we get too much into it, I think that it will be a disservice (sorry, Shel, say what you want!) but for me, seeing how things developed between them and how it all works out has to be savored and experienced without much of the ins and outs and hows and whys. I loved it that way. I couldn't get a single detail out of Shel the whole time. She just virtually patted my head, and prodded me to keep reading. spilling of beans about Justin. Let's just all agree he's wonderful and you will absolutely LOVE him (and Matt and Dallas...such great characters). 

End note: I cried. Quite a bit. The story is so beautiful. There were lots of moments in this book. It was a fantastic, FANTASTIC book.

Courtney: 5 stars
Shelley: 5 stars

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at and on Facebook at and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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