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on January 21, 2015
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
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Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love..
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.
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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5+ STARS
Tavia Gilbert deserves a standing ovation for her narration of Flat-out Celeste. She made me laugh, made me smile and made me cry with this audiobook. Her voice was perfect for Celeste, she made me feel her unique personality, her need to change, to fit into the society, with her classmates and with her future, and at the ending, how she accepted herself just like the way she was. I loved how Tavia made Justin’s crazy talk, it was just perfect. Amazing audiobook, a perfect complement for this book. 100% recommended.
CHAT REVIEW: Dual review with Lu Cas and Angy 4 stars
Angy: Do you remember when I started listening to the audiobook that I thought Celeste was an alien or something like that?
Lu Cas: Yes, I do and it was very confusing because it didn’t make any sense that she was an alien and nobody knew about it.
A: Yes, I was confused too about that, but I couldn’t stop listening to this audiobook. It was so good, and I knew you’d like Celeste.
L: Yeah, when I started reading the book, I liked how she talked and I knew she suffered of Aspergers Syndrome, and there aren’t so many books with a character like that. That is what makes her interesting.
A: When you said that to me I had to google it and know a little about it in order to understand it and you were totally right. She was so afraid to interact with other people. But she was good with her brother, he was like her anchor.
L: It was good to know she had a support system, but the way he protected her was way too much. But despite that, their relationship had a good dynamic.
A: Yes, I agree. The way Celeste was trying to get close to people outside of her family was one of my favorite things about her. The Yogini incident was way too funny and that was why I forced you to read the book, because her reaction to the waxing conversation was just perfect for you.
L: The waxing incident was perfect for me because she could word perfectly some things that I’ve been saying for a long time.
“I refuse to advocate that a woman do anything uncomfortable to her body simply because men have the perverse cultural expectation that all women come to them hairless. Or worse, with assorted gems adorning their genitalia!”
Besides, before all the waxing incident, she said something that made me like her:
“Celeste knew that, according to societal standards at least, she was attractive, but she didn’t quite understood why those standards existed in the first place.”
A: Celeste was a very interesting character. I liked so many things about her. For example, when Justin started sending her emails about Barton College, she was all anxious about interacting with him but then she really enjoyed it.
L: Celeste’s nervous reaction wasn’t only limited to Justin, but to everybody outside her family, and that’s due to her social anxiety caused by the illness she was afraid to face she had.
A: True, but there was something in Justin’s personality that made her want to interact with him, to send him emails, to text him, to talk to him and the finally spend time face to face with him. It was challenging to her, but she wanted to do it.
J: At first, it was the same drive that made her want to interact with Dallas, her classmate. What made Justin different was the particularity of Justin’s writing that made her want to keep talking to him. It was a way to self identify with other people, to find a common ground.