The Flatshare

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 May 2019

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Well, THAT was adorable and much more substantial than I expected it to be! Highly recommend this one to anyone who loves rom coms - THE FLATSHARE is unique and fresh and such a fun read!
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This is a clever and fun read, full of endearing characters and situations. I loved Tiffy and Leon and all of the supporting characters, and will look forward to future work from this author.
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A unique and sweet story of two very different people coming to care for each other despite circumstances that are less than ideal. The odd writing style of the male protagonist put me off at first, but I got used to it and started to really love the character.
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I loved this book! The premise of Leo and TIffy's flatshare arrangement would have been strange in a less-capable writer's hands, but O'Leary makes it work. I loved the slow build of their relationship, and the way that the fallout from Tiffy's past, abusive relationship was handled. I'll definitely look for more from O'Leary in the future!
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This was a genuinely adorable story with more heart than I was expecting. I thought it would be just another romance but it was more complex and that made it far more interesting than expected. 

After two people decide to share a flat in a weird arrangement they get to know each other through sticky notes and text messages. As they grow closer the difficult parts of their lives start to show through.
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If I could go back in time and kick myself for not picking up this book immediately after I downloaded the digital ARC, I would. Not go back in time and do cool stuff, but go back in time and tell myself to read this book. It was adorable. Next level adorable. I fully plan on reading it again and have been recommending it to everyone in my library--staff and patrons alike.
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I wanted so badly to love this one because it sounded like the perfect storyline for me, but sadly something was missing. The characters were just so bland and boring and I never really connected with them or their romance. There were a few cute moments that made me smile, but overall it was just okay.
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The Flatshare was a fun and super cute read. I was eager to dive into it and after reading great reviews about it, I had high expectations that were actually met. 
The story is light, very easy to read and easy to enjoy. However, despite being light it also dealt with important and complex topics. 
I liked the characters a lot, Tiffy was unique and Leon was so sweet. The friends, Richie and even Mr. Prior and Holly were a good addition to the story, providing a variety of characters.
The way the book is written is awesome; I found it very funny and entertaining and I quickly got to the final part because it was gripping. I just needed to keep on reading to know what was happening and to enjoy more about the dialogues and thoughts of Tiffy and Leon. 
I definitely want to read more of the author’s work and Tiffy and Leon will become some of my favorite characters.
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I initially became interested in "The Flatshare" because I thought the concept sounded immensely compelling, and I'm so happy that IT DELIVERED. This was so well done. Just the quirky, absurd scenario that you'd expect and much much more.

This isn't your standard romance, but I'm hoping that this is the future for the genre, At least, one of its futures. 

I loved the characters. I thought both Tiffy and Leon were unique and specific. (Side note: Leon's POV is unique, to say the least. When I was first introduced to his POV I was taken aback. I think I said, verbatim, "What the f*** is going on with his syntax?" He thought in a certain way which didn't include regular usage of pronouns, His prose was choppy and might turn a few readers off, but it only took me a few pages to get used to it, and I felt it enhanced his personality.)

Together, I loved the protagonists and how their chemistry was expressed through post-it notes. I think that format forced each character to have a very dynamic voice. Any kind of format that includes written communication such as letter, text messages, etc. is going to pull me in. I think I connect with them sooner that I do with dialogue.

As individuals, I loved the character growth. I found Tiffy's evolution very satisfying and I empathized with her for everything she experienced. I also found Leon's personal struggles interesting to read. Honestly, I was beyond invested in both their lives. I loved their friends, too. 

Honestly, I was just obsessed with this story. I loved this somewhat offbeat romance. I would love to see this on screen.
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GOODNESS. This book was amazing. I'm not usually a huge fan of romance, but all the things about this book did it for me. I loved it, so thankful I read it. Pumped to recommend it to everyone I know.
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Tiffy is absolutely crushed by the breakup with her boyfriend,  Justin.  She had been living with him and is desperate to find a new place to live.   Her options are limited because her salary at the small publishing house is barely a living wage.  Her friends, Mo and Gerty,  are helping Tiffy with her search, trying to keep her from sinking too low over the recent developments.

Leon is desperate to make some extra money.   He loves his job as a hospice nurse, but he needs to just an extra 350/month to make his life work.  So he decides to offer his one-bedroom flat up for a flatshare.   He works overnights, so he thinks that if he can find a flatmate with a normal working schedule they can share the flat and never have to see each other.  His girlfriend, Kay, was the one to show Tiffy the flat and laid down the ground rules.  She has the flat from 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM during the week and over the weekend.   And she has to sleep on the left side of the bed.

For months their arrangement worked perfectly.  Their paths never crossed and they only communicated via post-it notes that could be found in the most creative places. But even though their only means of communication is through post-its  Leon and Tiffy get to know each other.   Tiffy learns that Leon's brother, Richie, is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.  Leon learns that Tiffy's ex-boyfriend is a bit unhinged.   Eventually, they end up meeting face to face and the chemistry is undeniable.  Will their unique living situation lead to a unique relationship?

The Flatshare was a fun and fast read.  And even a little bit predictable.  Tiffy and Leon are both good people.  Tiffy is kind and loving and has a five-star personality.  Leon is a bit more reserved, but anybody who chooses hospice as a career is golden in my book.  It is fun to see the two of them get to know each other via post-it notes.  It was a unique form of communication.  There were a lot of cliches at play with the exes.  Tiffy's ex ended up being a narcissistic kind of guy whose common method of abuse was gaslighting.  Leon's ex was the controlling and jealous type.  I was glad to see them both be rid of them, but one of them took longer to go away than the other.   The author wrapped the story up nicely and it was a "feel good" kind of ending.  A "feel good" kind of story. A perfect book to throw in the beach bag.

Bottom Line - The Flatshare is a fun and fresh look at a co-ed roommate situation.  The book has been getting a lot of buzz and with good reason.  The Flatshare releases tomorrow, just in time for beach season!

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
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Pages: 336
Publisher: Flatiron
Publication Date: 5/28/19
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Thank you to Netgalley for the book in exchange for a review.
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I did not download this one in time, but I did purchase it from Audible and listened to it. This is a review only of the Audible version.
Unfortunately I did not enjoy the audio version. The female narrator was fine (in fact very good), but I did not like the voice for Leon's character, and the phone conversations with either character were not well done.
Most of my issues are likely from changing the unusual format of the book into an audio style. Perhaps the unusual style it was written in just doesn't translate well into an audio form.

I was excited to read the book, and I did enjoy it for a bit. I also really liked the theme of Tiffy's abuse, a type which isn't shown often in books. That subject matter made me more interested toward the end, but most of the book was a chore to trudge through, sadly.  Again, this is only a review for the audio version.  I did not post this review on my website as I didn't think it was fair. It's an unusual written format, and I don't want to scare anyone off from reading it.

Thank you so much, NetGalley, for offering me the ARC.  I've been working hard to keep up with my reviews in a more timely manner so this problem doesn't happen again.
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I loved this book. I loved that Tiffy's abusive ex-boyfriend wasn't sugar coated. Her issues coming to terms with this were depicted in such a real and honest way. I was brought to tears by all that she went through. Leon's issues with his incarcerated brother were also so emotional for me. Yay to books who depict men who cry! The way their friendship developed into a romance was super romantic. I was rooting for them from page 1. My only complaint would be the Leon chapters. The writing format took a little bit of getting used to but I guess this was done to depict his quiet personality. This was definitely one of my favorite books of the year and this author's writing reminds me of some of my favorite Marian Keyes books.
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Loved, loved, loved this one. I read some and listened to some of the audiobook for this one, which made for the perfect reading experience. Such a great romcom premise, I'd love to see it adapted.
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What a delightful book! Every once in a while it's so nice to read something light and funny with a predictably happy ending. I've been reading so much dark non-fiction lately that it was just the change of pace I needed.
I would highly recommend this book for lovers of British chic-lit. 
I loved the characters and the storyline and can see this making a great movie.
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I really enjoyed this storyline... thr slow burn, the refreshing characters, the dialogue, all of it. Such a sweet romance with lush writing and a fresh plot.
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The characters are what made this book so great! They are strong but also caring. They really jumped off the page. I knew I would enjoy this book but I completely fell in love!!! I will come back to this book again and again when I need to smile and warm my heart. SO SWOONEY!
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What I loved about this book was the refreshing story. Roommates turned friends turned lovers is not a new trope, but bedsharing is and it was fun witnessing Leon and Tiffy's relationship blossom via post-its and food sharing. I initially expected their big face-to-face meeting to happen near the end of the book, but it worked well that they met sooner and had more time to let their romance sizzle. 

What I also appreciated about this book was the sensitive subject centering around Tiffy's relationship with her ex and the effects it had not only on her, but on the relationship she built with Leon. And it was lovely to see Leon's patience with her, though I did wonder if he would have been the same if he had his experience witnessing his mother's relationships. He wasn't the best boyfriend to his ex, but through his growing friendship with Tiffy you can see how she brought out the best of him. 

Leon and Tiffy's individual chapters were each written with a distinct style and it really helped with their characterization; Leon's chapters short with quick sentences and Tiffy's were flourished with detail, just as you would listen to them speak in real life. 

This was a wonderful debut and O'Leary did a great job bringing these characters and their story to life.
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It’s time for Tiffy to find a new apartment. She’s broken up with her ex-boyfriend, again, and since he’s moved in a new girlfriend she has to leave but the problem is her meager salary doesn’t allow her to be very choosy so when she sees an ad to share a flat and a bed, not at the same time, she thinks that must be the perfect solution.

Leon didn’t want a flat mate but his brother needs his help and if it means sharing his bed then that’s ok. It shouldn’t be too hard to manage as he works the night shift at the long term care home and he can spend his weekends with his girlfriend.

Neither Tiffy’s friends nor Leon’s girlfriend think this arrangement is going to work but Tiffy moves in and the pair are having an easy time communicating via post-its. Leon thinks it’s funny that he’s having a lot of conversations via the little notes and is actually growing used to them and looks forward to Tiffy’s notes about the flat, the neighbors, books she’s reading and everything else in between. Funny how much you can learn about a person.

Eventually Tiffy needs a bit of help getting away from her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend and this may mean the Tiffy and Leon will finally meet.

I really enjoyed reading about the development of Tiffy and Leon’s relationship. The story is told from both POVs so I thought that was a perfect way to show each of their personalities and quirks.
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@betholearyauthor’s THE FLATSHARE is an enchanting story that is just as delightful as its cover.
Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey are Londoners both looking to save money. Tiffy desperately needs to move out of her toxic ex-boyfriend’s place and Leon is looking for a roommate. The catch is Leon placed a rather bizarre add for a flatshare where both occupants share one bed. Leon works the nightshift and is away most weekends but sharing a bed with a total stranger is a bit unnerving, even if you never see each other. Tiffy is on a very tight budget so this turns out to be the best option she has. So what does she do? She goes for it! Now we all know what’s going to happen here but trust me, it’s totally worth your time because the premise is so original and 100% full of adorable.
I am such a fan of writers that add something extra to the narrative, such as letters, texts, DMs, and in this case, the cutest post-it notes! The two main characters are endearing and fantastic to read, but the side characters are too! The group of friends are fun and quirky - I just loved them all! But the story isn’t all unicorns and sunshine as there are themes of emotional abuse, gaslighting, and trauma. This story is the perfect blend of romance, hilarious, sweet, moving, and entertaining.
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