Monday, June 10, 2013

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

It’s no secret to anyone who has read my reviews how much I love Jessica Park. I pushed her novel “Flat Out Love” to anyone who would listen (well, to anyone who would read is more accurate) to my rantings of how great the book was, and how it pulled at your heart muscles.

Left Drowning her new book that is in the category of “New Adult” which is basically College age or characters in their early twenties, so needless to say Left Drowning was said to be more of the adult variety.

Here is the amazon version of what the book is about:
"What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.”

Okay, so now that you know what the book is about, know this… You know nothing. This book is truly the most emotional journey I have ever taken in just one novel. I cried so hard that I got the hiccups, and I laughed so hard that I snorted. They were both in the same chapter.

There were quite a few characters to this novel, and somehow I never doubted in my head that they were all real people. I felt the deep emotional sadness of Blythe in the beginning of the novel and felt her start to really breathe after she met Chris and his own troubled family.

There was one character that is not even mentioned in the short snippet from Amazon who was my absolute favorite character in quite a long time; Chris’s Brother Sabin. His personality was strong and real and I feel in love with him throughout his friendship with Blythe.  I think he should get his own book, just saying Jessica!

To summarize my randomness, this book is great. But, it is not a light easy read. It is deeply charged with many emotions that take you through a roller coaster that could leave you laying on the floor in the fetal position (okay I didn’t actually get in the fetal position, but I was crying like a little bitch).  I happily give this novel 5 stars, and you all need to make sure and keep a close eye on Jessica Park, she is going to be bigger than Stephen King someday.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Companion? Yes Please...

If you have had any contact with me whatsoever over the past year or so, you will know just how much I love the Young Adult novel by Jessica Park titled Flat Out Love...

Due to her fans like me slowly wearing her down until she had no choice but to do it, she has written a companion piece to Flat Out Love called Flat Out Matt...

Flat-Out Matt

Here is the description from Amazon...

"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 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. "

If you haven't read Flat Out Love, then you really won't understand what is happening in this Novella Companion Piece. But what am I even saying? How would that even be possible, of course you have read Flat Out Love right? RIGHT? If you haven't then I am telling you to head over to Amazon right now and read it!!!!

Anyway, back to Flat Out Matt. Matt is somewhat perfect to me. From his geeky (but very cool) t-shirts, to his love for Julie, and to his devotion to his sister Celeste.

Everything about this companion is everything that you could want to that one story that you now only fell in love with, but actually changed your life a little. This Novella is just the story to make you laugh, cry, and fall even more madly in love with Matt, Celeste, and Julie. All of the extra content is perfect, and to actually get to see how the real Finn was is like a little treasure you find at the bottom of your morning cereal. But the extra (steamy) chapters are like the little treasure you find at the bottom of your vodka glass, if you get the message. (insert salacious eyebrow dance here).

After all of that how could I not give it a much deserved 5 stars. Keep your eyes on Jessica Park, she is going to be bigger than Stephen King someday.