OMG! I was SOOOOOOOOO excited for more! I loved Flat Out Love, it is one of the most quirky, unique stories I have read to date, and still stands out in my mind after a year and a half. (See my review) So when I heard there is a companion novel, Flat Out Matt, I couldn’t wait!
Flat Out Matt by Jessica Park does NOT stand alone. You must read Flat Out Love first. I read Flat Out Love back in August 2011, and when I started Flat Out Matt, I realized it was time for a re-read.
I have to tell you, I loved Flat Out Love just as much the second time around! Flat Out Love is YA. Flat Out Matt…not so much. Flat Out Matt adds 2 prequel chapters to the story that I loved–we get to know Finn…before. Then 7 chapters are re-told from Matt’s POV. They skip, so this is not a story you can sit and read as its own story, as much as something you want to read right after Flat Out Love. But it includes some of my favorite scenes: the Christmas Tree, The Polar Plunge, Skydiving, and more, this time from Matt’s POV. Then it ends with a nice steamy scene from Julie’s POV.
This is a really hard review to write, because the book does not stand alone, and almost every quote I pulled will offer a spoiler to Flat Out Love if you haven’t read it. Celeste is an even bigger part of this book, and we really appreciate how hard it has been for Matt to take care of his highly dysfunctional family.
The chapters in Flat Out Matt skip, but each chapter begins with the fun and quirky facebook status updates from Matt, Finn and Julie, even from Celeste.
Julie Seagle: I bet the very first piñata was surprised. “Oh, hey a party! Cool! What’s the occa–HEY, WHAT THE HELL, KID?”
Celeste Watkins: has no contractual obligation to use contractions. So maybe she will use them, and maybe she will not…So maybe she’ll use them, and maybe she won’t.
Can I tell you, I just LOVE Matty? Is it wrong to love this guy? Girls will look at nerds differently after reading this book. Lets put it this way, after reading the last chapter…. Matt seems to have studied girls as much as everything else! It was a pretty hot scene!
The emotions are all here in Flat Out Matt, maybe even more so. Seeing the struggles of this family from Matt’s point of view was heart wrenching and endearing. You can’t help but fall in love with them even more after reading this book. And seeing the scenes with Matt and Finn together at the beginning make this story even more bittersweet.
“Fall in love with me, Julie, as I fell in love with you, he willed her. Fall in love, fall in love, fall in love.”
Flat out Matt was just as smart, quirky unique and endearing as it’s predecessor. If you haven’t read Flat Out Love, you must. It is completely different than the books I usually recommend, but I think you’ll love it just the same. And if you have read Flat out Love, you MUST read Flat Out Matt! It made my 5++++ stars for Flat Out Love turn to 5+++++++++++++ stars!
Rating: (Disclaimer: can not really be rated alone) **Note: Flat Out Love is only 1/2 star for Heat.
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Jessica Park has generously offered to donate 1 e-book of both Flat Out Love and Flat Out Matt. I will give both to one winner, but if you already have Flat Out Love, let me know, and I will choose another winner for that book.