I’m calling it – this is going to be one of the most loved books of 2019. If not by everyone, at least by me (though I genuinely think it’ll be a big’un for everyone!)
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…
Blurb from Book Depository.
I absolutely ADORED this book. Am I coming on too strong? 😉
I read this about a month ago now, and it has absolutely stuck with me – it’s a charming, witty, original story of love, friendship, emotion, and post-it notes.
All the characters in this have such unique characteristics, and though parts of their personalities might fit the mould, there’s a certain something about each of them that makes you absolutely love them in their own flawed ways. Tiffy is an absolute sweetheart, but she is carrying some serious emotional baggage from a gaslighting a-hole ex-boyfriend (who we have the ‘pleasure’ of meeting through the book). Leon is gorgeous and aloof, but also a bit of an introverted hermit who mostly enjoys chatting to his patients who are either significantly older than him, or significantly younger. The cast of friends in this are also gorgeous – they have each other’s backs through pretty much everything and help each other deal with some heavy life-stuff.
The concept of the bed-share/flat-share was such an interesting one to me, and the setting lends this novel so much heart and originality. Tiffy and Leon’s friendship blossoms through a trail of post-it notes to each other left throughout their house, and I loved and appreciated how unforced the friendship was. It feels completely natural for both of their characters to be conversing how they do, and it lends an original twist to the story which I simply loved reading.
Don’t be fooled though, though this novel is a rom-com at heart, it deals with some pretty heavy stuff. I’ve already mentioned Tiffy’s ex, and his presence in the novel (especially in Tiffy’s mental space) is downright scary sometimes. The fact that there are people in the world who can be as manipulative, and possessive as he is makes me feel ill, and O’Leary doesn’t shy away from this in her depiction of the character.
Overall, this book was un-put-downable (it’s a word, right?) and when I had turned the last page my heart ached to have Tiffy and Leon back in my life. It’s been a long time since I had a proper book hangover but The Flatshare definitely left me with one!
Verdict: Can you tell I loved this book? The characters stuck with me & I adored everything about it from the themes to the humour, to the original storyline.
Page Length: 400
What do you think will be a big-hit book in 2019?
I hope you all love this one as much as I did if you pick it up 🙂
Thank you to Hachette for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.