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.
- Title: Flat Out Celeste
- Author: Jessica Park
- ISBN: 1499646704 (ISBN13: 9781499646702)
- Series: Flat Out Love #2
- Published: May 22nd 2014 by CreateSpace
- Format: Kindle Edition, 336 pages
- Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
- Source: Purchased
- Rating: B+
WARNING: If you have not read Flat Out Love I cannot stress strongly enough that a) You stop reading this post immediately and b) BUY, BORROW OR STEAL! Flat Out Love immediately! Actually let me rephrase, do not steal it but legally obtain a copy with the utmost urgency and while you are at it purchase Flat Out Matt and Flat Out Celeste as well. You will thank me later. There are some series that can be read out of sequence or as stand alone entries, in my opinion this is NOT one of them.
Occasionally a supporting character is just so unique and vibrant that they completely overshadow the others. Celeste Watkins would have been just such a character if Jessica Park had not created such a superior cast in the first of this series. An uncommonly intelligent child, her formality and sensitivity was original and endearing, which Park demonstrated with aplomb, a difficult feat as most child characters are either distracting or annoying.
Four years have passed since the events in Flat Out Love and Celeste is now a senior in high school trying to decide which Ivy League school she should attend. She is literally spoiled for choice as an intellectually gifted Watkins. However she is adrift in social situations, distrustful of overtures from other students and unsure of how to approach her peers without appearing condescending that is until she begins corresponding with Justin Milano the student liaison from Barton College on the west coast.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band (1969)
Flat Out Celeste was a fitting conclusion to the story begun when the reader met a highly intelligent but clearly deeply traumatized girl largely unable to function without the life sized cutout image of her eldest brother. To fully appreciate the series it is best evaluated as a whole (see my above incoherent ravings about not reading them out of order), and as such the reader can enjoy Celeste’s grown up incarnation and revisiting Matt and Julie as well as much as I did.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE (new!), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.