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Flabbergasted (Flabbergasted #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,091 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Ray Blackston's novel will tickle your literary taste buds with a relational gumbo of quirky characters, stirred by the irreverent but sincere Jay Jarvis.

Jay is new in town, young and successful, and not afraid to plop down in a pew to scope out the females. What he finds is a lovely-yet-unusual missionary with a warped sense of humor and a wicked throwing arm. She and a w

Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Revell (first published April 1st 2003)
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To defend why I picked this up off the random fiction shelf, look at the cover. What book could possibly look more fun and inviting? Then after reading the summary, I thought, why not? I always think that mormons have the corner on strange, inside cultural idiosyncrasies...so I wanted to see what other religions had that could compare. Anyway, it started off okay...really, their "singles retreat" was exactly like our Single Adult outings in college. Some people were there only to hook up, others...more
Keiki Hendrix
Loved this book. I am from Greenville, South Carolina and loved the references to my own town. This is an hilarious book that will have you laughing through every page. And the most appealing part of this book is faith factor.

A must read.
I absolutely loved this book. It's about single life in the southern churches. Fabulously entertaining. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.
I can't rate this book. It wasn't anything like I expected and I really dislike 'churchy-preachy' novels. There seemed to be very little tension in the story and in the end I stopped reading. Just not my sort of thing.
Flabbergasted, by Ray Blackston, is a breath of fresh air. I laughed and laughed. It's not often that I give 5 stars, but this one gets my 5 stars fair and square. Also it's not often I mail a book to someone, but I've got just the friend to mail this one to.

Jay is a young professional man recently relocated to South Carolina. To meet girls, he checks out the Presbyterian church and ends up on a singles trip. Packed with hilarity, Jay narrates the events, his spiritual questions, his observatio...more
I found this one free for Kindle, so thought, "Why not!"

And, I read every word. I get irked by people who skim a book and then write a review. That said, let me tell you what I thought.

The idea of the book intrigued me quite a bit, in large part because I grew up in church and also live in South America. I think the author had quite a sense of humor with the whole Single's Class - especially the spreadsheet ranking the local church single's groups! I think the author did a great job relating wha...more
I think I've decided that I like female authors better than male authors when it comes to fiction. This book was ok, but listening to the romantic details from a man's point of view left me blah and wishing for more. I guess the word "details" is not the right word! But the part I did like was how he slowly came to accept Christ. That part of the story was very realistic and took the whole book to unfold.
Free on Kindle.
I admit I didn't read every word... I wanted to read this because the last section of the book takes part in Ecuador. The two main characters are there doing missionary service and since that's where I did my missionary service I was intrigued and I did read everything in that part of the book. There weren't any colossal mistakes about Ecuador. The main character did mention the conversion rate but it was stated in a joking way so maybe I should give that the benefit of the doubt....more
Being a lover of stories, I am often known to push through several chapters of a slow read in order to unearth a gem of a book. Pushing through this one, however, lasted far more than several chapters and proved to be much harder than I thought it would. I think the only thing that kept me actually continuing through to the end was the mystery of the main character's love interest and my own wanting to see the story resolve in some pleasant ending. I suppose it did after all, but it took me so l...more
Miranda Agee
Due to it being summer and the interruptions of vacations, kids no longer being confined by the restraints of the time-honored tradition of school, and, most importantly, that pesky time-sucking habit called 'sleep', it took me much longer than my normal 48 hour max to read and review this book, yet, even through numerous breaks in concentrated reading, I found this novel relatively easy to follow. The all-over-the-place, simile-lovin', comma-kaziing main character's POV was charming, witty, ref...more
This was a comical, enjoyable book! This is not the typical kind of book I find myself reading, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I like the characters Blackston created and loved the location! As a current resident of Greenville, SC and a son of South Carolina, the setting quickly grabbed my attention. The author did a great job of using humor and real life to share the gospel. Blackston does not make Christians out to be perfect people who do all things for the right reasons at the right ti...more
Jacy Brie
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Even though this was not my 'cup of tea', it was a book I still finished. I can't seem to rate it, though. If I had been raised going to church, I might have found it more inspiring. For me it was not. I liked the characters okay but none of them really touched my heart or made me feel connected to them or their story. SO, no idea how to rate a book that I really didn't enjoy...it's not the authors' fault I didn't like the premise of the book - so you can read it and determine its' rating based...more
Michael Baylosis
The sarcastic voice of the narrator really had me laughing. As the blurb states, it is indeed a male version of Bridget Jones and I did have a good time reading the novel.

It is rather quite surprising though because in the end you just have to realize that this is not like any other romantic comedy you see on bookstores and shelves. It is a journey of a stockbroker through life - finding and discovering meaning and purpose despite of overwhelming opportunities (a 6-figure job in Manhattan, how'...more
Wilma Reiber
This book is written in a very entertaining style. Sometimes,I could have done with fewer metaphors, but it was an entertaining and - at the same time - thought provoking read.
Even though I guessed early on in which direction the plot was going, the end was not completely what I expected.
I am usually not too much interested in the core subject (church, missionary), but I still enjoyed this story.
I read this because it was a free Kindle book and was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. It's been a while since I found myself laughing out loud while reading. It's a quick read but I didn't skim - read it all. A fun story line in the beginning but i especially enjoyed the Ecuadorian sections and wished for more. The characters are delightful. The main character's faith journey interesting.
I enjoyed this book of a man's journey of self discovery and spiritual growth. He moves to a small town in South Carolina and starts going to church for the "singles" class to meet women. He finds God along the way. I'd have given it 5 stars but the ending was too abrupt. It was almost as if the author (or his editor) decided there were enough pages so "quick, end the story".


I used to read so called religious books when I thought I was going to be a missionary (nun).
Wow, though I in a different space in my life, I totally love this book. It's a real feel good book that helped me remember the simplicity of life when one accepts subsistence!!!
Roxie Smith
When I first seen the cover of this book and read the reviews I just knew I had to get it. And I def was not disappointed. There was times I actually laughed out loud cause this book is that funny at times. It also has an amazing story line. I wish there was more books out there like this one. It is truly a great read, I couldn't put it down.
I enjoyed this humorous book about a single male searching for love in the singles class at church! Along the way he finds the love of Christ and meets a young lady as well. Anxious to read the next book. I loved that the book took place in South Carolina. They visited myrtle beach, Litchfield and murrel's inlet. Loved the lime green caddy!
Maggie Dory
Enjoyable word vomit.The manic pixie cliche of contemporary romance meets simple Christian fiction in this verbose novel. It takes a while to get used to the author's prosaic word vomit, but the overall writing is not bad at all. I like the simple, non preachy message about faith.
Daniel Keohane
Read this book back in '05, mostly while at the beach for a long weekend - and the beach is such a great place to read this. Genre-wise, it would probably fall under "christian Inspriation" but he spends most of the time mocking the usual christian tropes, it's probably why he hasn't been all that widely read these days - too controversial. (kind of the Larry Norman of authors, if anyone knows what that even means)... but funny. Quick, biting wit, both in the narrative and dialogue, it's about a...more
CD/Unabridged/Christian Fiction: I listened to Lost to Rooville about two years ago and I really liked it. I found out about halfway through that it was book 3 of the Jay Jarvis series. I was delighted to find the audio for this (Book 1). This is the story of how Jay moves from TX to SC and finds salvation & peace in his life. Jay starts by trying to find a date in a church singles club. Along the way, he meets a girl who is a South American missionary and has complete peace in her life. Thi...more
Erin Druce
This book did not go anywhere! I thought since he kept talking about patience, I was needing to have patience....i thought the little blurb write up about it was way more interesting than the book itself. I kept wondering why I was still reading it....
I loved the colorful and descriptive writing of this author, although at times it got a little boring with too many details.

I probably would have given it four stars, but the ending just didn't feel believable to me.

I liked this book. It was different and very well-written. The main character, Jay, was extremely easy to like. However, I wasn't fond of the girl protagonist, Allie. I found her a little too righteous. But the read was easy and humorous. Good message if nothing else!
H.L. Wegley
Ray Blackston's Flabbergasted is a delightfully funny read. It's full of quirky characters yet, underneath all the hilarity, there's something solid, a redemption story anyone can enjoy ... and laugh their way through.
This was a different sort of read for me, so I found it quite interesting. There were a few things at which I laughed aloud (unusual for me while reading a book), such as the Dr. Seuss rhymes. I really liked most of the wittiness and wackiness. It was rather shallow in some ways and too dating-oriented, though--I guess I'm somewhat of a "Stanley" (a girl Stanley with a sense of humor). However, the overall message of being content with God and not getting wrapped up in wealth was good. Also, the...more
Kari Howton
I enjoyed watching Jay grow in his relationship with Christ. Looking at dating through a male set of eyes was enlightening. I do wish there had been more about the relationship between Jay and Allie.
Bridget Conroy
This book could have been better if it was written about christianity and all the different religions. I don't mind reading a book about different religions or people who are holier than thou but that is not what i thought i was getting into with this book. I thought it would be humorous based on the cover and title and it fell really short on this. It pretended like all christians from the different sects are prudes and and barely kiss before getting married which is so not the case. I personal...more
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