Flat Out Matt by Jessica Park

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.

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.

Flat out Matt is the companion novel to the infectious Flat Out Love, but as told from Matt's point of view.

We begin with Matt and Finn talking while out on a hike. The two brothers, although different, share a love of the outdoors. Finn is trying to convince Matt to abandon his too thought out, scheduled life and learn to live. Something that seems impossible after Finn leaves.

With Celeste and her very own substitute Flat Finn and a maniacally depressed mother, Julie breezes into their lives and into Finn's room. The daughter of a friend of his mother's, no one wants to explain the delicate nature of their family. Matt included.

Before Matt realises, he's fallen for the intelligent, warm and caring Julie, if only Finn wasn't the one she wanted. Includes a bonus scene that occurs after the sky diving incident at the end of the original book.

I loved Flat Out Love so passionately, and Celeste was absolutely brilliant, the real star of the book. She doesn't feature heavily in Flat Out Matt, as it is a very short novella with only a few scenes. I much preferred the original. Flat Out Matt didn't have the same magic, and where the original novel concentrated on the family dynamics, Flat Out Matt surrounds just Matt and Julie mostly.

I would have loved a Celeste novella, she is what made Flat Out Love brilliant. Easily one of the most enchanting characters of 2012.

Flat Out Matt
(The Companion Novel To Flat Out Love)
Written By Jessica Park
Published: 25 / 03 / 2013
269 Pages


  1. AHHH I'm so jealous you are reading eternity cure!!!! Other than that, I loved this review. I mainly commented to say how envious I am about your current reading selection. :)

    1. Hey Rainbows.
      I'm just starting on the Eternity Cure now, thanks to the awesome Emma at Morey Media who sent me a hard advanced reading copy.

      Have been saving it so I could read uninterrupted over the Easter break. There are so many awesome books coming out in the next few months, I'm looking forward to seeing what your going to be reading next.


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