The Flatshare

The Flatshare

Tiffy and Leon share a flatTiffy and Leon share a bedTiffy 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...

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Title:The Flatshare
Author:Beth O'Leary
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The Flatshare Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 8/5/19: Y'all, I still love this SO DAMN MUCH. The characters in this book are some of my favorite characters of all time. Tiffy is so strong and complex and goofy and Leon is so soft and caring but also serious and MY HEART IS SO FULL. Brb while I swoon from here to eternity. I'm gonna love this book forever.

    Original read 5/26/19: I loved this I loved this I loved this I LOVED THIS. Oh my god, I loved this.

    TW: gaslighting, emotional abuse, stalking

  • Warda

    And here you are, book, going on my favourites list.

    This was a pleasant surprise in the best way possible. I knew that I would enjoy it, but I fell in love instead.

    It’s a quiet, heartwarming story that follows Tiffy and Leon. Both have agreed on an unusual arrangement between themselves and are sharing not only a flat, but a bed together. But they don’t see each other. Tiffy has the apartment to herself in the evenings, and when she’s off to work, that’s when Leon comes home.

    During this arran

    And here you are, book, going on my favourites list.

    This was a pleasant surprise in the best way possible. I knew that I would enjoy it, but I fell in love instead.

    It’s a quiet, heartwarming story that follows Tiffy and Leon. Both have agreed on an unusual arrangement between themselves and are sharing not only a flat, but a bed together. But they don’t see each other. Tiffy has the apartment to herself in the evenings, and when she’s off to work, that’s when Leon comes home.

    During this arrangement, they exchange very simple, ordinary notes that are left around the apartment and slowly their lives starts to intertwine without them meaning to.

    I was expecting something fluffy and cute and whilst those elements were there, the underlying tone of the story was a lot more serious. They’re dealing with their own demons and struggles and are on survival mode, till that fails them.

    It all felt very realistic, and honest and true to real life.

    I just loved everything about this story, the format it was told in, the alternate POVs, how well we got to know the characters and how much it meant to me to see them succeed. It was quirky, clever and Tiffy and Leon’s personalities shined through the writing. I was in their world whilst reading and wanted to be a part of their world.

    I’m already missing these characters. I know I won’t forget them anytime soon.

    It’s amazing that this is a debut novel. I need more of Beth O’Leary’s stories in my life.

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    I’ve got 3 days to read this before I have to return it to the library.

    (self-made) Challenge accepted.

  • ✨ A ✨

    The best kinds of books are those that surprise you with their perfection. I was expecting this to be a cutesy light hearted read. It was and it wasn't. The characters were more complex than I had anticipated and so was the plot.

    Tiffy is desperate for a place to live and Leon is short on cash. They come to an odd arrangement. They will share not only a flat but the same bed. Leon has the flat for the day until

    The best kinds of books are those that surprise you with their perfection. I was expecting this to be a cutesy light hearted read. It was and it wasn't. The characters were more complex than I had anticipated and so was the plot.

    Tiffy is desperate for a place to live and Leon is short on cash. They come to an odd arrangement. They will share not only a flat but the same bed. Leon has the flat for the day until he starts his shift at the hospital and Tiffy gets it at night. But the strangest part of the arrangement is that they never meet. What starts as leaving a note to remember to leave the toilet seat down turns into a correspondence between friends.

    Both have their own life problems to deal with and it was so beautiful to see how they supported and helped one another.

    A book with a written correspondence between the main characters are one of my favourite kinds. Be it email or letter or text, I just love seeing how two people can form a bond withought having seen each other.

    Leon's chapters were very different in style. The sentences were shorter and direct and I liked how they conveyed his way of thinking. The two POV's were distinct and I loved how you could clearly tell them apart. While this style of writing probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

    I am so glad I read this. It is being added to my favourites list and I will definitely give it a reread. I can't wait to see what else Beth O'leary has in store for us.

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    Pre-weekend buddy read with my gal

    ! 💗

  • Paromjit

    This is a charming and lovely piece of contemporary fiction from Beth O'Leary that takes an interesting premise of a one bedroom flat in London being shared by two occupants who never meet, each in residence, sleeping in the same bed, when the other is out or working. A more exploitative version of this is the overcrowded sharing of accommodation in the desperate working conditions experienced by trafficked, illegal and migrant workers. This is a more benign and comic take focusing on the dire f

    This is a charming and lovely piece of contemporary fiction from Beth O'Leary that takes an interesting premise of a one bedroom flat in London being shared by two occupants who never meet, each in residence, sleeping in the same bed, when the other is out or working. A more exploitative version of this is the overcrowded sharing of accommodation in the desperate working conditions experienced by trafficked, illegal and migrant workers. This is a more benign and comic take focusing on the dire financial straits many workers face in a city with sky high rents. Compassionate palliative care nurse, Leon Twomey, a man of few words has a girlfriend, Kay, and a younger brother, Richie, in prison after being framed for armed robbery. Leon needs money to pay Richie's lawyer to secure an appeal hearing, so Tiffany 'Tiffy' Moore moves in, and for months they never meet, their paths never cross, but a quirky and offbeat relationship develops between the pair of them through the form of post-it notes.

    Tiffy is still hankering after her ex-boyfriend, the wealthy and manipulative Justin who has evicted her from his flat after getting involved with another woman. She is an assistant editor for a niche independent DIY and crafts publisher, overworked and paid a pittance. Her star client author is Katherin, a woman who writes books on the art of crocheting, and who will do nothing without Tiffy in attendance. Tiffy is supported by her friends, counsellor Mo and hotshot barrister, Gerty, and fellow workmate, Rachel. It gradually begins to emerge that Tiffy's relationship with Justin was a much darker and murkier affair as Tiffy begins to experience disturbing feelings and flashbacks. Upset and slowly beginning to recognise that she was a victim of emotional abuse, she is startled to discover just how much Gerty and Mo hated Justin for what he was doing to her, but had kept silent, knowing Tiffy would never have listened to them. Leon is familiar with emotional abuse, having seen his mother experience it at the hands of the type of men she chose as he was growing up.

    Beth O'Leary writes a captivating novel that shines thanks to her stellar characterisation, you cannot help but fall for Tiffy and Leon, and the brilliant supporting cast of Richie, Gerty, Mo and Rachel. Then there are Leon's terminal patients at the hospice, for whom Leon will do anything, like embarking on finding the lost love of the crocheting Mr Robert Prior, and the young, feisty Holly, smart enough to intuit she is Leon's favourite patient, despite him never saying it. This is such an appealing, fun and entertaining read, whilst touching on the most serious of issues of abuse and miscarriages of justice. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC.

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    Yasssssss!!! Oh I have been waiting for a book like this one to come along FOR YEARS! The Flatshare is exactly what I want from a romantic comedy/dramedy type book... It's got hugely likeable protagonists in the form of Tiffy and Leon, a highly original setup for the meeting of these two characters, a cast of interesting supporting characters and side storylines but most of all... It feels fresh!!! Hallelujah for that. I have fou

    Yasssssss!!! Oh I have been waiting for a book like this one to come along FOR YEARS! The Flatshare is exactly what I want from a romantic comedy/dramedy type book... It's got hugely likeable protagonists in the form of Tiffy and Leon, a highly original setup for the meeting of these two characters, a cast of interesting supporting characters and side storylines but most of all... It feels fresh!!! Hallelujah for that. I have found myself getting so jaded when it comes to this genre of book but this one is a veritable diamond in the rough. 'The Flatshare' does not feel like so many of the countless romantic-comedy/dramedy books I've read throughout the years.

    The setup for this book is a bit bonkers but it really works. Tiffy and Leon are flatmates with a twist. They share a bed! But Leon is in the flat only during the day as he works night shifts. Whereas Tiffy is in the flat at nights and on the weekends. Their lives are so separate that they haven't even met... I mean we know where this is going right? BUT THE JOURNEY IS FABULOUS! Tiffy and Leon start leaving generic post it notes for each other around the flat (regarding things such as bin day, leftover food etc) but these notes gradually evolve into a deeper intimacy and the two find themselves wondering a lot more about the other person and if maybe there is a significant connection. The pacing is perfect btw, I thought the book might have the error of using the notes as the sole point of contact between the two leads for too long, but, the author got it spot on with how she kept building upon their burgeoning relationship.

    Tiffy is the traditional quirky type of leading lady that we so often get in these books BUT because of the great writing and the fact that she has a fabulous backstory and is a character laden with genuine feelings and emotions, her quirkiness feels authentic to who she is as a person. And who she is is also incredibly relatable. She's got a wonderfully human quality about her and is fabulously dynamic in that at times she's spunky but others is vulnerable and weak.

    Leon bless him is just lovely. He's so quiet but filled with lots of hidden emotions. The backstory regarding his mum and his brother and how that translates to his chosen career is quite touching to read about.

    So what I really wasn't expecting is that this story is far more emotional than I ever thought possible from a light read. This is because it deals with some heavy issues regarding destructive and controlling relationships; all of which I thought were handled in quite an appropriate fashion for such an accessible / easy read.

    And what happily contrasted with that emotional side of the book were a great number of humorous moments. I laughed out loud FREQUENTLY at the fabulous jokes and witty dialogue between the characters. FYI, for those of us who enjoy that sort of thing, there are some fabulous patriarchy bashing jokes in the book that are absolute gems!

    If you're a fan of romantic comedies and romantic dramadies then this book is definitely one you should pick up when it's published in April 2019.

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    At first I didn't like the way that one of the main characters spoke, without many pronouns, like he was speaking in note form, rather than in full sentences?

    I very nearly gave up on it!

    But then I wouldn't have gotten to know Tiffany, Rachel, Gerty, Mo, Leon and, Richie.

    Then I wouldn't have witnessed Tiffy's amazing character Arc.

    I wouldn't have seen all the cute little notes, and seen these really different people get to know, each other.

    Then I w

    At first I didn't like the way that one of the main characters spoke, without many pronouns, like he was speaking in note form, rather than in full sentences?

    I very nearly gave up on it!

    But then I wouldn't have gotten to know Tiffany, Rachel, Gerty, Mo, Leon and, Richie.

    Then I wouldn't have witnessed Tiffy's amazing character Arc.

    I wouldn't have seen all the cute little notes, and seen these really different people get to know, each other.

    Then I wouldn't have cried at how cruel and controlling some people can be to others, but how they can be overcome, with the right support.

    I wouldn't have seen what an amazing man Leon was, in his job as a palliative nurse, to his brother, and to Tiffy ❤️

    This book had some really dark moments, but ultimately was very cute, and left me with a huge smile on my face 👍👍😍

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    This book worked its way into my heart with its:

    ~ slow burn romance (and I'm usually not a slow burn fan!)

    ~ adorable post-it notes (I LOVED reading the back & forth notes!)

    ~ fierce, quirky & hilariously inappropriate friends (everyone needs a Tribe like this in their life!)

    ~ subtle yet frank look at emotional/psychological abuse (totally unexpected but handled appropriately for this type of read)

    This book worked its way into my heart with its:

    ~ slow burn romance (and I'm usually not a slow burn fan!)

    ~ adorable post-it notes (I LOVED reading the back & forth notes!)

    ~ fierce, quirky & hilariously inappropriate friends (everyone needs a Tribe like this in their life!)

    ~ subtle yet frank look at emotional/psychological abuse (totally unexpected but handled appropriately for this type of read)

    I had one day to read it before having to return it to the library and was worried I wouldn't be able to do it. It says a lot about the book's pull that I managed to finish it in a couple hours, in 1 sitting.

  • jessica

    this story really grew on me, in the best way possible. i guess its true what they say, that opposites attract, because a couple of things that would normally be off-putting to me as a reader (tiffy being stereotypically ‘quirky’ and the odd writing/formatting of leons chapters) turned out to be very endearing and made me enjoy the story that much more.

    i love how this radiated british humour. its so understated, undervalued even, and i thought leon was hilarious. both characters are charming an

    this story really grew on me, in the best way possible. i guess its true what they say, that opposites attract, because a couple of things that would normally be off-putting to me as a reader (tiffy being stereotypically ‘quirky’ and the odd writing/formatting of leons chapters) turned out to be very endearing and made me enjoy the story that much more.

    i love how this radiated british humour. its so understated, undervalued even, and i thought leon was hilarious. both characters are charming and i thought tiffy went through an amazing character development. for being a light and fluffy book, there are some quite serious topics discussed in this, mainly emotional abuse and manipulation; but i thought it was handled really well, in a way that was loyal and realist to the characters and story.

    overall, im very much impressed with this debut novel and i think its safe to say beth o’leary is an author to keep an eye on!

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Three dull, unsatisfied stars gave my shiny place in the minority among the readers who gave so much stars to this one⭐⭐⭐

    I mostly like chic-lit books especially written by Irish and British writers. I like Marian Keyes’ books which shouldn’t be defined as soft chic lit ones because of the characters’ heavy baggages and emotional problems ( alcoholism, denial the dead of loved ones, abuse victims)

    On this book our heroine Tiffi suffers from emotional abuse and with flashbacks of her relationship s

    Three dull, unsatisfied stars gave my shiny place in the minority among the readers who gave so much stars to this one⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I mostly like chic-lit books especially written by Irish and British writers. I like Marian Keyes’ books which shouldn’t be defined as soft chic lit ones because of the characters’ heavy baggages and emotional problems ( alcoholism, denial the dead of loved ones, abuse victims)

    On this book our heroine Tiffi suffers from emotional abuse and with flashbacks of her relationship she starts to realize she was gaslighted by her ex’s manipulative lies. But the way of storytelling about the heroine’s trauma wasn’t strong enough, it didn’t make me feel sorry for her. I found her emotional turmoil a little superficial and unreliable.

    And of course I didn’t like our hero so much. I found him a little indecisive, passive, boring. At the end as soon as he thought he was rejected by heroine, he just gave up and he never showed how he felt about her. He never wanted to meet her at first because he had issues about changing things in his life( which is ridiculous excuse) then as soon as he discovered she had a great body, he asked for a date !!!

    The things I liked most are: hero and heroine’s communication way with post its.

    And supporting characters Richie and Rachel( they deserve their own book)

    Maybe I read too many angsty books lately so I increased my pain level and this book was too soft, painless and a little boring for me.

  • Jennifer

    incorporates elements of adult romance, family/relationship drama, and brief domestic suspense all under a fairly original and likable umbrella. I enjoyed the epistolary components between 2 roommates that have never met and I liked the premise overall (3 stars).

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