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review 2015-04-16 04:28
Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
Flat-Out Celeste - Jessica Park

Flat-Out Celeste begins with Celeste trying to decide which college to attend. She's been trying to get into all of the Ivy Leagues, and some others, but isn't yet sure which one to go to. She's also still having problems with her social skills, and just wants her life to be a little different. She thinks college will change that, but then she starts to have some doubts. 

 

Then out of the blue she starts to get some emails from a guy named Justin who goes to a college that wants Celeste to attend their school. After lots of back and forth between the two, Justin and Celeste end up meeting for real one day. From that day on these two start a beautiful relationship that seems to help them both with their quirks. But not everything is great with Celeste especially when it comes to her brother Matt.  She and Matt must both discover what their issues are before it is too late. 

 

This book was Flat-Out Awesome! I truly adored the whole plot line. And Celeste made the book extremely interesting and hilarious. As did Justin. I think they made a beautiful couple. And I loved how it wasn't just romance with these two. It was also friendship, and learning how to be yourself. It was also nice to see a little bit of Julie and Matt again. Although, I kind of wish they had their own second book, and not taken away some of Celeste's shine. But I still very much enjoyed it. 

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review 2015-02-05 18:13
Flat-out Celeste
Flat-Out Celeste - Jessica Park

I liked Flat-out Celeste a little more than I did Flat-out Love. I really liked both Celeste and Justin, and I liked them together. I wish I could put my finger on what it was about the book that still held it back a star for me. A part of me wants to say it was because much of the interaction between Celeste and Justin occurred via emails and text. Yet, I kind liked that it was that way. It suited their personalities and gave the relationship a slower pace that I think was right for both of them. I'm not sure. Maybe it was just my mood.

 

Overall though, good book and I'll likely read more by this author.

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text 2014-12-16 03:08
Flat-Out Celeste By Jessica Park 99 cents
Flat-Out Celeste - Jessica Park

Flat-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.

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text 2014-08-18 15:48
Back to School: Great College Student Heroes
What the Librarian Did. Karina Bliss. La Cinderella - Karina Bliss
Haunted Chemistry - Lindsey R. Loucks
Easy - Tammara Webber
Wait for You - J. Lynn
Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect Series) (Volume 1) - Mary Frame
Wonder Guy - Naomi Stone
Flat-Out Celeste - Jessica Park
A Love Worth Biting For - Roxy Mews
Take What You Want - Jeanette Grey
The Only Exception - Magan Vernon

It is that time of year.  Dorms rooms are being decorated, books bought, apartments and roommates found, classes crash, and syllabi written. 

 

Let's enjoy back to school Romance Novel Style this week starting off with College Student Heroes. 

 

1.  What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

 

Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she's kept hidden for years.

It's up to this librarian to find out firsthand just how "bad" he really is. Because her secret--and her growing feelings for a man who claims he's bent on redemption--depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems. Which is really, really good.

 

2. Haunted Chemistry by Lindsey Loucks 

 

When bookish college co-ed Alexis heads to the laundry room in her new apartment, she runs into Ian Reese, the chem lab partner she crushed on all last semester. And the guy who stood her up on their first date. But she’s down for an awkward reunion, and no better place than her creepy laundry room.

 

Ian has every intention of making amends, but just when Alexis begins to trust him again, a new threat calls more than their future together into question. A ghost from the apartment’s past is hellbent on revenge, and if he wants to get his girl, he’ll have to get the ghost first.

 

3. Easy by Tammara Webber

 

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior...
 
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he'd worked so hard to overcome, and the future she'd put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
 
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth - and find the unexpected power of  love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

 

4. Wait for You by J. Lynn 

 

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at that fateful Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. What she never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself.

 

Cameron Hamilton is six feet, three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, com-plete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make Avery want things she believed had been irrevocably stolen from her. Getting involved with him is dangerous. Yet ignoring the simmering tension that sparks between them—and brings out a side of her she never knew existed—is impossible.

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But when Avery starts receiving threatening e-mails and phone calls, she's forced to face a past she wants to keep buried and acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. If the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface with one less scar? And will Cam be there to help her?

 

5.  Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame 

 

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. 

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions: by experiencing them herself. 

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?

 

6. Wonder Guy by Naomi Stone 

 

Sometimes it takes true love and fairy godmother magic to save the world.

Science major Greg Roberts is all formulas and logic. Neither will win him the heart of his lifelong true love, girl next door, Gloria Torkenson. When the Fairy Godmother’s Local Union offers to give him super-powers, Greg accepts, hoping to earn a shot at Gloria’s love.

 

After her friend is murdered and her fiancé brushes off her shock and mourning, Gloria begins to see her engagement for what it is: a desperate bid for security. It’s Greg who is at her side, comforting her when she needs it most. His natural thoughtfulness and newly emerged confidence capture her attention. But Gloria’s desire for stability makes it hard to trust her heart.

 

With a dark fairy creating chaos, and her minions endangering Gloria, can Greg’s gifted super powers be enough to save the world?

 

7. Flat-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. 

 

8. A Love Worth Biting For by Roxy Mews

 

Amber Paulson’s wolf has chosen a mate for her, but Amber is not amused with its pick. Jake Meyers might look amazing in a wet T-shirt and have the cheekbones and strong jaw that artists drool over. Too bad he is missing a pulse.

 

Jake is a vampire, well, mostly. Then a tall, curvy redhead pops up on his radar and something awakens in him. Even though he tries to stay away, Amber gets under his skin, and his vampire/werewolf heritage starts to become more bark and less bite. For the first time, he feels the call of the moon, and he knows it’s all because of Amber Paulson.

 

Amber’s trying to stay away, and Jake’s trying to not turn furry. They both fail miserably—and with a lot of sweaty and enjoyable property destruction.

 

By giving in to her mating call, Amber finds out more than she ever wanted to know about herself, her family, and the rogue wolf who took so much from her so long ago. As her past comes back to bite her, she’ll have to decide what she’s willing to give up for her mate. Her home? Her pack? Her…heartbeat?

 

 

9. Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey 

 

College senior Ellen Price spends every spare minute studying to get into medical school. Until spring break yawns before her, as empty as her wallet.

 

With no money to hit the beach, she fills her empty to-do list with a plan: for just one week, she will become the kind of take-no-prisoners woman she secretly wishes to be, starting with the hot guy at the bar. It's a no-risk situation: at the end of break, he’ll head back to his campus, and she’ll go back to hers. No muss, no fuss.

 

At first, Josh Markley isn’t sure what to think when the quiet, intense beauty from his pre-med classes approaches him for a night of casual sex. Even more mystifying, she doesn’t seem to return his recognition. But if she wants to play “strangers in a bar”, he’s game.

 

Their passionate night is a welcome respite from life’s stress, but afterward, Josh realizes he wants more—from himself, from life, from Ellen. Except she still thinks he’s a one-off she’ll never see again. Confessing the truth now—before she figures it out on her own—could shatter the fragile beginnings of just what the doctor ordered. A forever love.

 

10. The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

 

Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor’s son, Trey Chapman. 

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her. 

A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.

 

Do you have a favorite Romance Novel Hero who is attending College? Let me know!

 

To vote for the best of best go to my Goodreads list: Back to School: Great College Student Heroes 

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review 2014-07-04 14:26
Flat-Out Celeste - Jessica Park

Celeste and Justin are Flat-Out adorable. They remind me of another quirky couple.


They both have easy to recognize personality traits, but I won't diagnose them because they prefer not to be labeled. That makes me love them all the more. Apart they are awkward and do not work well and play with others, but together, they are magic.

I loved Celeste so much in Flat-Out Love, and I find her even more endearing now. Matt is back too, and I won't give away any spoilers, but I do feel Ms. Park did not cheat us in the HEA department. Ms. Park, please keep writing these incredible books. There are so many wonderful quotes that I could go on for pages, but I think I will leave you with one that is my favorite.



<blockquote>"You don't get to tell me what I want and don't want. God, we're all probably diagnosable. Look at the world around you. Look! We all have something."</blockquote>

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