The Flatshare

The Flatshare

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What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes - first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea...especially if you've never met.

Copyright Date: Flatiron Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781250295637

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Margush
Dec 08, 2019

There’s literature and there’s entertainment. This book belongs to entertainment. Not good or bad. This understanding helps me manage my expectations as a reader. I scanned the last 50 pages or so because I missed any developments and was stuck in the same dialogues.

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midori_hon
Dec 06, 2019

this book could've been 50+ pages shorter if one of the post-its said 'let's meet,' but that would have spoiled the eventual meet cute. fun, odd premise and quirky supporting cast. now i feel an urge to eat mushroom stroganoff.

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Suellen1111
Nov 12, 2019

3 stars max mainly for the unusual plot of flat sharing, though a suspension of disbelief is required as to how it can work in real life. Well written with believable dialogue; the post-it note messaging is novel, & the totally different writing style for Leon is very effective. While I enjoyed the first part of the story. the author seems to lose her way at the point where Tiffy almost drowns -- too long & convoluted beyond that point, I skipped most of it. While this book is reminiscent of Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating &/or The Unhoneymooners, it's not nearly as good/entertaining.

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CLKreader
Oct 20, 2019

Really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. Lots of laughs yet the story had substance. I would definitely recommend.

This was just an all around good time.

Tiffy and Leon are both likeable and easy to relate to, I really enjoyed watching their relationship unfold in a unique way. The side characters are all a an awesome addition and I think I could totally read a book about Gerty and Mo. Also Richie is a cinnamon roll who I just envision with the most warm hearted smile.

As for the antagonist of the story, this one close to home for me and I could totally understand and connect with what Tiffy was going through.

If you need a good romance and miscommunication is NOT used as as a plot device (this one of my biggest pet peeves of any book) I recommend reading this.

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AConsolver
Sep 11, 2019

3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy sweet contemporary romance with quirky characters.

Tiffy's boyfriend has cheated on her and now she needs to find a place to live. London is expensive, and she considers her best option a Flatshare. She would share a 1-bedroom apartment and bed with her roommate, and they would never cross paths due to different working schedules. Leon just needs to make some money from the flatshare so that he can pay his brother's lawyer, and get him out of jail. Through a series of many post-it notes, scraps of paper, and notes throughout the apartment the two get to know each other, but still haven't met in person. What will happen when they finally meet face-to-face.

I thought this was really sweet. I loved the quirky and endearing characters! Leon and Tiffy were both so unique and adorable. The notes were so sweet and all of Leon’s patients were too. I liked seeing how their relationship unfolded in notes, and then in person. It felt so gradual and natural. The book overall felt just a little bit long. I struggled with the manipulative boyfriend because of some personal stuff... so it was a little triggery for me. Overall I enjoyed it. The quirkiness reminded me a little of Josh and Hazel. I definitely recommend if you are looking for a mostly sweet quirky romance.

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hkdown
Aug 28, 2019

For someone who doesn't read much romance, this novel was a true delight! The characters were independent and interesting on their own. It is odd that the main characters don't meet until halfway through but this allowed the reader to get to know each character well. The common tropes of romance that often deter me from reading them were few and far between. I'd highly recommend reading this one for a fun yet not frilly novel!

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visnjap
Aug 22, 2019

Unique concept. I really liked the format.

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mjk236sb
Aug 21, 2019

Delightful book - interesting premise - living in a flatshare without ever meeting the other person for a very long time. Their relationship was based on a series of post it note they shared. Interesting characters and subplots that kept you interested. Good writing and the story lines moved along. Worth taking the trip into this flathare and meeting all the characters that make up this story. Looking forward to her next book.

RomanceAddict Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "Throw in great writing, interesting secondary characters, a neighborhood family of foxes and the guy in Flat 5 who has a “bewildering number of empty banana crates,” and you’ve got yourself a great story.

The writing is lovely and conversational and drew me in immediately. The author is especially adept at creating characters with interesting and complex lives. I felt like I knew Tiffy and Leon through their very distinct first person points of view. Tiffy’s chapters are witty and chatty with long sentences and lots of descriptions. Leon’s chapters have much shorter and mostly-factual sentences (especially in the beginning). When they do finally meet in person, it is adorably awkward, but they address the situation as (normal, somewhat awkward) adults."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/guest-review-the-flatshare-by-beth-oleary/

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