THE FLATSHARE - BETH O'LEARY
Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O'Leary
Published: April 2019
Genres: Romance/Chick Lit
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.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book gave me the refreshing, light-hearted break I needed after reading a string of long, intense books with pretty heavy themes. I’m not usually a fan of multiple POV’s but O’Leary pulled it off and I adored the addition of the post-it note messages throughout (so cute!). Sure it was a little cliché at times but I knew what I was in for when I picked it up. The sub plots were (mostly) unique and engaging and it was so easy to be swept up in the story. It had my attention at the beginning, through the middle AND at the end – rare! The characters were loveable and relatable but also complete opposites which was so endearing. It touched on some pretty serious themes (stalking, gaslighting, emotional abuse) but only in a subtle way where it wasn’t a main focus. In saying that, a trigger warning is probably still warranted. Overall I loved this read and can’t wait to get my eager little hands on “The Switch”
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This novel was just positively adorable! It was a pleasant, heart warming story of Tiffy and Leon, who navigate their way through an usual flat share arrangement, and slowly fall in love through writing post it notes to each other (amongst other things). There are valuable undercurrents of emotional and psychological abuse, and yes, in real life there may not always be someone to catch you if you experience this, but I think in this case it provided some substance and shed a gentle light on the issue without letting it take over the narrative. I loved everything about this novel, from the parallel portrayal of two contrasting characters, to the differing perspectives between chapters. Beth O’Leary did a great job of shifting and changing the dialogue to suit the two characters and I think this gave a better insight, and in turn made them more relatable. By the end, I found the character of Tiffy to be like that friend who you just want to reach out and hug. Albeit slightly cliché, I am all about it.