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review 2017-05-18 18:52
180 Seconds by Jessica Park
180 Seconds - Jessica Park

Allison has been pushing most people away for most of her life. Growing up in foster care taught her a few things, and one of those things was that everyone leaves and nobody wants her. But when she gets adopted at sixteen and goes off to college things start to change for her. 


Her best friend and her adopted father want her to open herself up to people, but she's having a hard time doing that. That is until she meets Esben. He's an internet sensation and she doesn't know a thing about it. But someone how in a twist of fate, she ends up being included in an experiment for him. Now, she's trying to run from what fate seems to have in store for her and Esben. 


This book took my breath away! It was utterly brilliant, filled with so much emotion and I adored it!  180 Seconds was beautiful, sad, and a whole lot more. I loved this book! It is the best I've read all year, and I can't wait to read it again! 

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review 2017-05-08 00:00
180 Seconds
180 Seconds - Jessica Park The highlight was the first kiss I love the second meeting of these two immensely. The counting down the seconds. The time running out, the two collliding after the hero kicks his chair back and flips the table....SWOON After that solid relationship building from both secondary characters and the main couple kept the book going. Where it fizzled out for me was at the 75% mark. There was a bit of unnecessary and manufactured drama when it could've been just low key. It felt like a fast forward button that didn't need to happen.
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review 2017-01-14 19:44
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Flat-Out Love - Jessica Park,Julia Whelan

Book Title:  Flat-Out Love


Author:  Jessica Park


Narration:  Julia Whelan


Series:  Flat-Out Love #1


Genre:  Contemporary Romance, YA/NA


Source:  Audible Audiobook


⇝Add to Goodreads⇜





You Learn by Alanis Morrissette  --I think Alanis has the right feel for Julie…something about her, anyway.  This story is all about what you learn…in a way, or many ways, actually. ♫






⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5  (One of my fav narrators!)

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all


Will I continue this series?  Maybe…






⇝My Thoughts⇜


I figured out why or what they wouldn't tell her early on…I was unsure as to the how, though.  It seemed like a lot of work, just to keep someone in the dark about what was really going on, and for an entire school year, crazy.  A little too crazy to be believable…and yet, the ending really did get to me, and ultimately made this worth the read.

 The quirky characters were all very likable, I also enjoyed the facebook updates throughout…they were engaging.  I need to update like that.  The more I got to know Matt as a character, the more I couldn't help loving him.  Celeste was rather marvelous herself.  Finn seems too good too be true.  Dana is amazing, exactly the kind of friend everyone needs in their life.  And Julie…I mean, I liked her…she's quirky, tenacious, and a little too gullible.   But…there is something about her that wouldn't let me like her as much as  the other characters.  

⇝Sex Factor⇜  This is a squeaky clean kind of romance. 


Disclaimer:  I found out after I finished reading this book, that this particular Author is known to have behaved badly in regards to reviews on their books.  While this makes me upset, I still gave my honest opinion about this book.  Ultimately, I'm not going to trash a book just because I disagree with a Author's behavior.



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review 2016-03-02 12:07
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park - Review
Flat-Out Love - Jessica Park

I admit, the only reason I read Flat Out Love was because it was this month pick of my book club BookCirle. I would have never picked it up since I find the German title sounds childish and the cover not very attractive. But in the end I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.


The book is about “Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of the Watkins family’s Boston house. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.” (Goodreads)


I enjoyed the beginning of the book very much. I had discovered that I really like stories about Freshman College when main characters enter the “adult-world” and find their way around campus. So the beginning of Flat-Out Love played exactly into this. Unfortunately, the story soon focused on the family dynamics. While I still enjoyed that - because the family is just a huge mess - I was disappointed that the college experience was completely ignored.


Like I said the story focuses on the characters. We have the main character Julie, who I found kind of bland. Beside her tainted relationship to her father there was nothing interesting about her. She is pretty, but not too much, smart, but not too much, kind, but not too much. Everything about her is just very, very perfectly ordinary.


The Watkins parents drove me nuts. They were nice and all, but they completely failed as parents. Matt, the one brother who is an MIT student, was kind of interesting but I found his character not very thought through. On the one hand he was supposed to be this nerd who is socially awkward, but on the other hand he was always socially perfect and self-confident when it fit the author’s mood. Somehow those two sides of him didn’t fit together.


Then there is Finn, the older brother and love interest of Julie. He seems like a dream guy. Good looking, smart and fun to be around. So to me the hardest part were all the facebook posts and email exchanges. I don’t like reading those. I can’t build a connection to characters through that.


The most interesting character in this book is Celeste who carries around a cardboard cut-out of her brother Finn. From the beginning the reader can tell that something has happened in this family and trying to figure out what it was, is what carries the story. There were many moments in this books where I thought, that everyone was just ignoring and tolerating behaviors and obvious malfunctions just to keep the secret hidden. That was something I really did not like.


At the end I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought. It is a light, quick read. I think most readers will guess the secret sooner or later but it is still an enjoyable book.

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review 2016-02-10 00:00
Flat-Out Love
Flat-Out Love - Jessica Park This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

Quickie Review

While listening to this book, it reminded me a lot of the movie Running with Scissors.  The Watkins are really quirky, and unconventional.  They are hiding something but Julie can't figure it out.


There are some hilarious moments.  The status updates would have me giggling, and the way Julie responds to situations are funny at times.  She takes it all in, and just goes with the flow.


I kind of figured out what was going on by the middle of the book, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable.  I loved seeing how Julie's presence help this family.  Things needed to be said and actions needed to be taken in order for the Watkins to become a family again.


There are ups and downs, broken hearts, and tragic situations.  Overall, there is growth and coming to terms with things that have happened.

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