Title: Flat-Out Matt
Author: Jessica Park
Series: Flat-Out Love #1.5
Release date: March 25, 2013
Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he’s witty, he’s brilliant.
And he’s also very, very stupid.
When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit?
It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn.
But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most.
You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in Flat-Out Love. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this i>Flat-Out Matt novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.
Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven Flat-Out Love chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie.
Oh, Matty. I slowly fell for him in Flat-Out Love, but in Flat-Out Matt he completely stole my heart. This short but sweet book was the perfect addition to Flat-Out Love. Getting inside Matt’s head and seeing pivotal scenes from his point of view connected me to him in unexpected ways. I began to understand the confusing things he said and did around Julie. Pieces of their journey suddenly became so clear. I could see how the messed up relationship he was forging with Julie got so out of hand, bringing the whirlwind of emotions that would follow.
“You won’t fall madly out-of-your-brains in love? Let your world as you know it be blown to bits because you fall heart-crushingly head-over-heels for someone?”
The best part of this book for me was the beginning. The scenes from Matt’s past were beautiful, heart-wrenching and extremely meaningful to the overall story. Seeing Matt with Finn, his complete and total adoration for his big brother became undeniable. The lies regarding Finn no longer felt insane, but instead wore the heaviness of incredible grief and the desperate need to hold on to something. The addition to Matt’s story also served to make obvious just how much Matt has changed since then. The Matt we meet in Flat-Out Love is working a lot harder to tuck away his own feelings of loss to take care of Celeste and keep their family functioning than I would have guessed.
“How you find love means nothing. It’s what you do with it when you see it that does.”
With Flat-Out Matt, Jessica Park has flawlessly placed the missing pieces of Matt and Julie’s story to create a journey that is both emotionally crushing and full of insurmountable hope. Seeing pieces of their world through Matt’s eyes, I was able to give myself over completely to Julie, Matt and Celeste. Their heartache, joy and the inimitable bonds they built will undoubtedly stay with me. Jessica has written a brilliant story full of unique and unforgettable characters. I am SO ready for Celeste’s story.
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Check out the rest of the Flat-Out Love series:
Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1)
Flat-Out Celeste (Flat-Out Love #2)