Hope you’ve all had a good week! Unfortunately, it hasn’t been that great for me – from finding out that Naya Rivera had passed away on Monday to hearing that Selena Gomez and Megan Thee Stallion had serious accidents to getting really bad hayfever, the week just seemed to get worse and worse. Thankfully, it’s Sunday now, so hopefully tomorrow will be a fresh start and next week will be better.
I think we all need a bit of cheering up due to recent events, so today I’ll be sharing my review of Beth O’Leary’s debut novel The Flatshare. It’s a fun, light-hearted book that literally every book blogger has raved about – I’ll be surprised if you haven’t heard of it! I was a little late to read The Flatshare, but with all it’s glowing reviews and intriguing premise, I just couldn’t not read it! So anyway, read on to see what I thought about The Flatshare!
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
Tiffy has just broken up with her boyfriend Justin and is on the hunt for a new place to live when she comes across an ad for a roommate. Only this is no ordinary roommate situation: the person (Leon) is looking for someone who will sleep in their bed when they’re not there. It’s a very unusual concept, but since London accommodation prices are extortionate, and Tiffy wants to move out of her ex’s flat ASAP, Tiffy decides to accept the offer. One of the ‘rules’ of the new arrangement is that Tiffany and Leon have to stay out of each other’s business. This starts off well, but after communicating through post-it notes and connecting through tasty treats Tiffy conjures up, Tiffy and Leon learn more about each other’s lives and realise that they get on rather well…
The Flatshare has excellent character development and both Tiffy and Leon are likeable. Tiffy, an assistant editor at a publishing house, is quirky and eager to help Leon’s brother, who is stuck in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, while Leon himself is quite shy and caring. About halfway through the book, we learn more about Tiffy’s ex Justin and how awful he was, a subplot that I wasn’t expecting prior to reading the book. Justin makes Tiffy feel worthless and even turns aggressive towards the end of the book, but thankfully Tiffy has the support of her best friends and of course Leon.
I liked how the chapters have alternating POVs – it gave me an insight into both Tiffy and Leon’s thoughts and made them easier to connect with. The dialogue in Leon’s chapters is in the form of a play, which does take a while to get used to but it fun nonetheless. I also loved the post-it notes that Tiffy and Leon write to each other: it’s a unique form of communication that enabled them to get to know each other better.
While this story does tackle some heavy subject matter, it is mostly an entertaining novel that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. As I’ve mentioned before, Tiffy and Leon are both brilliant characters and I loved reading about how their relationship progressed over the course of the book. The whole ‘sharing a bed’ situation was unrealistic, yet it does reflect how difficult it is for young people to afford housing in London. If you’re looking for a feel-good romcom that is reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella, be sure to pick up a copy of The Flatshare*: there’s a reason it’s one of the most talked about novels of the year!
Let me know if you’ve read The Flatshare and what you thought of it!
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