THE FLATSHARE BY BETH O'LEARY



PLOT SUMMARY:

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…

MY REVIEW:

This was probably one of the most highly anticipated books for me this summer as it was everywhere! I received it as a gift from my boyfriend (thanks again ❤️), who has also read it, as well as one of my flat mates - so it has done the rounds! ⁣

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn’t really the genre I would go far but it was exactly what I needed after reading some heavy fiction and non-fiction and I flew through it. ⁣There were times where I was literally crying with laughter and it is hard to find a book that gets you in that way. So far this year I would say only this book and Queenie have succeeded in making me look like a crazy person chuckling to myself whilst reading on the tube.

I know a lot of people found the difference in writing format in Tiffy and Leon's chapters annoying and usually I would be onboard with that; I've always loved good old fashioned conventional writing. However, if 2020 has thought me anything (other than everything negative that has happened this year), it's that many great writers are challenging the traditional style of writing and it's actually quite refreshing. Sally Rooney with no speech marks, Bernardine Evaristo writing in verse and the list goes on. It's another form of self expression for the writer and I find it allows us to see their personality shine through the story a little more.

O’Leary portrays her characters extremely well and I instantly loved Tiffy and Leon and felt they were by far my favourite element of the book. They are both really strong characters and I wished I could get to know them in real life. The way their friendship forms through the post it notes was just great - such a unique and lovely idea! ⁣

I won’t say much more as you’ve probably all read so many reviews about The FlatShare but simply put, this is a laugh out loud, easy read, but there is much more to it. It’s also a story that highlights the importance of happiness, love and friendship. I won’t lie, there were times I found it a little cheesy and I found the last 2 or 3 chapters a little over the top (hence why this isn’t getting full marks) but overall I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to start O’Leary’s ‘The Switch’ which is on my TBR.

IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Hilarious

Heart Warming

Cheesy


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“My dad likes to say, ‘Life is never simple’. This is one of his favourite aphorisms. I actually think it’s incorrect. Life is often simple, but you don’t notice how simple it was until it gets incredibly complicated, like how you never feel grateful for being well until you’re ill, or how you never appreciate your tights drawer until you rip a pair and have no spares.”

FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Tiffy, she is so witty, eccentric and strong and I just loved her!

OVERALL RATING:

9/10

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