The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

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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…

Review by Magda

The plot seemed like the one of a typical romance. I don’t like romances because usually, there aren’t any plot twists and I love them! Still, I thought, “okay, you’re going on vacation and with this book, you don’t have to think a lot.” I was right. No plot twists, but overall a good read.

The aspect I liked the most about the book was definitely the sticky notes – that’s the way our main characters talk for a long time. The notes say a lot about the two characters: Tiffy, a quirky woman and Leon, a shy man. She likes to ramble. He goes straight to the point. They couldn’t be more different.

The main characters have good personalities; not great. Honestly, I couldn’t share a flat with either of them. The side characters are actually better written in my opinion: Gerty is that “bitchy” friend that tells you how it is; Mo is the sweetest guy ever; Rachel, my favourite character is just that friend that everyone wants, I think. Actually, can Rachel and Richie have their own book?

One aspect that I think people don’t approach when discussing this novel is the abusive relation Tiffy has with her ex, Justin. For a light read it touches on an important point. Now that I think about it the best aspect about Tiffy is how strong she gets psychologically.

I’m still new on the contemporary romance genre but I liked this book. I recommend it for people who just want an easy read, to laugh a little bit. Perfect for reading during the summer.

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