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.
Jessica R says
I would love to win/read these books!
I’m looking forward to reading Flat Out Matt. I enjoyed Flat Out Love
Laura Mendez says
I really enjoyed FlatOutLove…. and I liked Matt from the beginning. Even with his nerdy shirts. Lol. I can’t wait to read FlatOutMatt
Cindy Aslaner says
I haven’t read either of the books yet. They are on my wish list. I always love your recommendations.
Ana's Attic says
These books are very different.
I’ve heard a lot about these books and really want to read them! Thank you so much for the giveaway 🙂
Jay B. says
Wow… another giveaway!
Gloria G. says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Need to read these!!
Vicki Deatelhauser says
Cannot wait to read these books…they sound amazing!
Can’t wait to read these two!!!
J. Gore says
I’ve heard a lot about these two books and I can’t wait to read them!
YAY… another giveaway!
Can’t wait to read Flat Out Matt!
Amanda Brown says
Hope I win 🙂
Maria Malaveci says
I am crossing my fingers and toes. Thanks for the giveaway!
Becky Warnick says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Robin N says
Adding both to my TBR. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!!!
Joanne Cowan says
Would love to win both of these 🙂
have read so many great reviews….would love to win these books~
Amy R says
Would love to win a copy of either these books. Have heard so many great things about them. Thanks for the giveaway.
Mick Murphy says
Thank you for the giveaway!
Tracy Graczykowski says
Can’t wait to read these books.
I would love to read these!
These are on my TBR list, you just moved them up. 🙂 thanks
Julie K says
These are on my TBR!!
Thanks for another awesome giveaway!!
Mary Bilowus says
Great giveaway. Thanks.
elena k says
i would love to read flat out matt!thanks for the giveaway
Lindsey Armstrong says
Can’t wait to read Flat Out Matt. I rwad the first one and loved it.
These books sound so good! Thanks for the chance!
I so want to read these. They’re on my TBR list just waiting for more in the book budget, so thanks for the giveaway.
Awesome giveaway can’t wait to read this!!!
Aainaa M says
i haven’t read any of the books yet but i’m planning to! thanks for having this giveaway :3
Would love to win. The books sound awesome!
Alicia Batista says
Great Giveaway! This book sounds good! 🙂
lisa w says
I must’ve missed this the first time around! Added to the wishlist!! Thanks
Elizabeth Di Benedetto says
Would love to win these, have had Flat Out Love recommended it to me multiple times.
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
Quirky & Unique sounds right up my alley!! (:
Michelle B. says
I loved Flat Out Love! I had no idea there would be a companion book. This is great news!
danielle james says
Can not wait !!!!!
Meghan Stith says
I’ve heard about ‘Flat Out Love’ many times and have been wondering about it! Thanks for the giveaway!
Hope I get to read it!
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Jessie L says
Alot of great things are being said about both of these books. I have them on my TBRs & would love to win this giveaway!
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Dawn goehring says
Can’t wait to read these books!
Sharon Chalk says
I don’t usually like books that have that much time between them and although Ive read some good YA books I much prefer steam in my books,so to win this sounds like a win/win situation,a good ya and to have the follow up book right away that is steamier is a good combo,would love to win this,lol email@example.com
I haven’t read either of these books. They sound amazing!! I would love to win/read these!!! 🙂
Jenny Dauksa Schaber says
Looking forward to reading these. I’ve loved all of the reviews I’ve seen. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
I hadn’t heard of these but now reading your review I really want to read them : )
Karen G. says
I read Flat-out Love awhile ago and loved it. I am very excited about Matt’s pov. Thanks for the chance to win!
Brandi Stetson says
These sound very interesting!
Erika S. says
I have been seeing a lot of hype for these on Facebook, would love to read!!
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Dawn Bush says
Can’t wait to read Flat Out Matt! Thanks for the giveaway!
Jen Maddox says
I loved the Flat Out Love. So different then the books I had been reading. I want to read Flat Out matt
In my queue to read! can’t wait!!
Tracy P says
robyn k says
amazing giveaways! 🙂
Amanda D says
I already own Flat Out Love so if I win there will be 2 winners 🙂 I am finishing the Fifty Shades trilogy and my monthly book club selection and then I’m starting it. Thanks for the giveaway! I didn’t realize there was a second book until now.
Jamie Nichols says
Would love to get my hands on these freebies!! Thanks for the chance!
celina k says
These books look so good, thanks for the opportunity!
Melissa D says
These books sound amazing and would love the opportunity to win them!!
I really liked Flat Out Love…looking forward to reading Flat Out Matt. Good to hear that it is a little more than YA. 🙂
Meghan Mack says
Everyone is raving about this book! Can’t wait to read it!
Tanya Childress says
I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!
Maria Fontes says
I’ve heard amazing things about this book- it’s on my TBR list!
Hope I win! *fingers crossed*
Rosarita Reader says
Okay, you convinced me. Now I want to read both books! 🙂
Amy Malek Concepcion says
Everyone loves these, can’t wait to read them. Thanks for the giveaway!
excited for this! Thanks for the giveaway!
Cristina Riquelme says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kelly Tannacore says
I haven’t read either book yet, but I do have Flat out Love on my kindle. Can’t wait to read both, they sound great. Thank you, I love reading your thoughts on all these great reads!
Sara Long Butler says
I’ve not read either book!
Maria Faith says
Would love to win these books! Haven’t read them yet!
Thanks for sharing your review! I really loved Flat Out Love and can’t wait to read Flat Out Matt! Totally dig the cover! 😉 Thanks for a chance to win an ecopy!
Emma Fitzgerald says
I haven’t read these yet but they now have my attention!
Jenni Glismann says
Dying to read these books!
I really enjoyed Flat Out Love, thanks for the recommendation! Wonderful characters. About to start Flat Out Matt 🙂
This “free sharing” of inofimatron seems too good to be true. Like communism.