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Flabbergasted (Flabbergasted #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,719 Ratings  ·  190 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, 331 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published April 1st 2003)
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Apr 23, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was ok
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 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
Kathy Juveli Hauck
Mar 12, 2016 Kathy Juveli Hauck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skip-these
I wish there was a warning label on Christian fiction. That way I wouldn't waste my time. Not that there's anything wrong with Christian fiction. It's just not my thing.

Also? This book is so simple, it could have been written by a monkey.
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.
Keiki Hendrix
Dec 09, 2008 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 28, 2008 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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.
May 21, 2010 Valerie rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2014 Melody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2014 Jo rated it liked it
I do not normally read Christian fiction as I normally find it very lame and pushing an agenda. However, I accidentally started this book and quite enjoyed it. It was a light hearted, easy to read story.
Dec 23, 2014 Liza rated it did not like it
I had read some good reviews of this book but I think they read another book and confused it with this one. I very rarely give up on a book but I gave up on this one halfway through the book. The characters seem very one dimensional to me. I don't see where this story is going. I see no reason why Jay is even remotely attracted to Allie, who just acts very odd from the get go. I find nothing endearing about her. What is with her weird behavior? I know plenty of people who have served as missiona ...more
Teena Stewart
Aug 15, 2014 Teena Stewart rated it it was amazing

From the moment I started this book by Ray Blackston I couldn’t put it down. I can’t attribute it to one particular thing but to a gift of combined talents that hooked me. These include his superb writing, keen observations, ability for humor, and a unique story telling style, all from a single man’s perspective.

The main character, Jay, an investment broker is single, new in town, and has recently broken up with his girlfriend. Though he’s not necessar
D.M. Webb
In the lofty words of R. Blackston, Flabbergasted begat humor, humor begat more snarky humor, which begat truth, and truth begat life.

Like the Atlantic beaches, the words breeze into the mind and leaves the reader buoyant with a smile and in anticipation of what will happen next to Jay.

I would say that the magic didn't happen when Jay walked into North Hills. Nor did it happen when he join the singles class or labeled the women on the beach The Numericals. It happened when a blond food-throwing
Aug 13, 2011 Ap rated it liked it
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.
Feb 27, 2016 Teri rated it did not like it
It was marketed as "Good writing and an ample dose of humor make this as charming as Bridget Jones's Diary from the male point of view." No. Not at all. Wasn't horrible, but no character at all was a Bridget Jones-style character. The premise is that the new guy in town wants to meet girls, so his realtor convinces him to join a church (South Carolina). He does, then a singles group. Finds out lots of girls and guys do the same thing and even hop between denominations looking for hot guys. Howev ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
I probably didn't give this book a fair chance but put it down after only a couple of chapters. I would categorize it as a contemporary Christian romance with humorous overtones. However, do people REALLY act/behave like that? Again, I apologize for my peculiar sensibilities because it is probably a great read for most of you. However it was slow, plodding and boring to me.
Jun 27, 2014 Shenek rated it liked it
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.
Funny, adventuresome & pleasant read. Christian-based. TTS-enabled eBook 2004
Highly recommended.
Jun 30, 2014 Miranda rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2015 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: series, singles
- It's weird how I originally chose this book because i thought it was a young adult book
- and because it was about a dollar on amazon
- Basically, while I did like the story, It didn't blow me away
- This book is for older readers as the language is slightly more sophisticated but it's still understandable
- I think that when teenagers like me pick up a book, we expect like a really huge climax, a big adventure.
- This is probably why young adults get an entire selection of books catered to them
- w
Jan 22, 2015 Stan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2012 Rob rated it liked it
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
Oct 04, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
I'll never forget the day in June 2004 in Pryor, OK, when I brought this book home from the library by accident. By accident. Look at that bright cover! I don't know how it was possible that I took it off the shelf, walked it up to the desk to check out, brought it out to the car, and drove it all the way home before I realized which book it was. I had thought I picked up the Terri Blackstock novel next to it. But home was 15 miles away from the library and I had no reason to go back and exchang ...more
Jacy Brie
Sep 18, 2010 Jacy Brie rated it really liked it
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A.C. Williams
Jan 26, 2015 A.C. Williams rated it liked it
This was a fun read. Really entertaining and very engaging. I loved that it was strong biblically without being overbearing. It has some funny moments, and it's really hilarious, especially if you're single and a church-goer.

I'm not usually a romcom reader, but this was recommended to me. I did enjoy it.

The story dragged in places, which admittedly I skimmed. But overall it was a fun read that kept me interested, with the bonus of providing a few chuckles here and there.
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'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
Hannah Timmons
May 25, 2016 Hannah Timmons rated it it was amazing
I have read this one twice, and so have some of my relatives (even my older brother! but don't tell anyone). Ray Blackston's book has made me howl with laughter and ache something awful to visit the beach. At the same time, his delightful story and wacky characters subtly improved my perceptions on church life, dating, and living in God's will. So don't wear a tie, kick the sand out of your flipflops, and read this book with a plate of shrimp by your side!
Michael Baylosis
Feb 12, 2014 Michael Baylosis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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'
Wilma Reiber
Jul 22, 2014 Wilma Reiber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 05, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 30, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
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".
Oct 25, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I loved this book. It's humorous, entertaining, and well-written. It has romance but it's not overly romantic. It has religious aspects but it's not overly religious. I like that the book is written from a man's point of view but there are some very specific conversations between women that women would definitely have. The book seems realistic despite being fiction.
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