Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park

Flat-Out Matt

“How you find love means nothing. It’s what you do with it when you see it that does.”

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.

Personal Thoughts:

I was browsing amazon last night checking my pre-ordered books that get delayed when I saw this novella of Jessica Park, Flat-Out Matt. I haven’t heard anything about it before, so I’m surprised and happy to see it is already available for download. When I read Flat-Out Love last year, Matthew a.k.a Matty/Matt is the main reason why I actually enjoy the book. I adore his character so much, so when I found out that Flat-Out Matt is actually told in his point of view I automatically want to read it right away.

Remember when I said from my review of Flat-Out Love that Matty can do no wrong for me? Yes, I still believe in that. I just love this guy so much that I think no matter what he do, I will still love him. I love everything about him – his brilliant mind, his geekyness, his love for his family and how responsible he is. He is fascinating, intriguing, loyal, selfless and even funny. This novella just make me fall harder for him. I’m not saying that he is perfect, because he is not. But he is perfectly real for me. He amused me big time, and having the chance to read his thoughts is simply amazing.

For a little span of time and with actually just reading a story that I already know the ending, Flat-Out Matt managed to play with my emotions. I get teary reading some of the familiar scenes from Matty’s perspective. The family history, old lives and issues carry more depth and emotions because you actually got to see it from Matty who is actually experiencing all those things and not from outside perspective. It brings back the feelings when I first read the story from Flat-Out Love and at the same time managed to go deeper.

When I first encounter Flat-Out Finn in Flat-Out Love it’s kinda fun meeting him. Though it is still an enigma to me how the Watkins’ family managed to live with that weird set-up, I didn’t delve further the real impact of the situation, especially the first day when Flat-Out Finn arrived in their home. Reading the actual scene where the cutout cardboard arrive in Matty’s point of view is simply heartbreaking. I instantly feel how freak-out Matty is at that time, and how insane the situation is. If I am in Matty’s situation, I don’t think I can manage to let it go even if it is for Celeste. Because what if that cut-out figure doesn’t actually help? What if it will just make Celeste more stuck in the alternative reality she wants to create?

Overall, Flat-Out Matt is a perfect companion for Flat-Out Love novel. It is fun, emotional and engaging. It sent me to different emotional level. It is achingly beautiful. If all geek is like Matty, I guess it won’t do me no harm to find my own geeky Matty in real life. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park”

  1. I can’t wait to read this book! My friends loved Flat out love, so I read it and loved it as well! I really want to read Matt POV!
    Thanks for this review! 🙂


    1. If you love Flat-Out Love I think you’ll enjoy Flat-Out Matt too. Just don’t expect for a fun and light read like Flat-Out Love. This one is much emotional than the other book. But nevertheless a great read!


  2. I didn’t know that Jessica Park released a novella with Matt’s point of view. I love Flatt-out Love and this is something I need to check out. Looks another good read. Thanks for the reviewing this one.


    1. I wasn’t aware too, normally I know way ahead when the authors plan to release something but this one just showed us in amazon while I was checking out some items I bought. I guess, Jessica Park being an indie author doesn’t have much marketing people to help her advertise her books. You’ll probably like this one too since you love Flatt-out Love. Be prepared to plunged to Matt’s inner thoughts. He still the best!


  3. i loved Matt’s witty remarks in Flat Out Matt and although the story wraps up nicely, it left me wanting to know more about how Matt was feeling especially in the elevator scene. So i look forward to reading this book, great review 🙂


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