BOOK REVIEW: THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary

Just to keep everyone on their toes, here’s an actual book review for a change. Granted, I read this book way back when it was still an ARC, but it still counts! Since The Flatshare has been nominated for a Goodreads Award and I’ve been seriously hyping about voting for it, I thought it would be a good idea to share my opinion. Enjoy!

I don’t think I’ve ever used the word ‘delightful’ to describe a book but I genuinely can’t think of a more suitable word for The Flatshare. It was adorable and uplifting and so funny, I stayed up all night reading and quietly laughing to myself until I’d finished.

This story follows Tiffy, an editor struggling to afford rent in London following a bad break up, and Leon, a nurse with the same financial issue. Instead of finding their own places, Tiffy moves into Leon’s home when he isn’t there, sleeping in the bed whilst he’s on night shifts and on the weekends whilst he’s away. The only issue with the arrangement is that, with one of them always out of the house, they’ve never actually met.

As they begin leaving notes for each other around the house, they develop the most adorable friendship and it’s really enjoyable to watch this progress. The general storyline is adorable and it’s so easy to become completely hooked on Tiffy and Leon. In addition to this, and separating this book from more ‘fluffy’ contemporary romances, the book does very respectably tackle issues such as emotional abuse, the aftermath of bad relationships and an inability to move on.

The style of writing was very enjoyable, as Leon’s chapters are written in a combination of regular prose and note form, which I’ve never seen a novel written in before. This made it unique and deceptively easy to read, with Leon and Tiffy’s chapters very clearly differentiated. They’re also both just such likeable characters. Tiffy is a little frustrating at times, but everything she does seems to be for a well-justified reason, and it’s so easy to root for her.

I can’t recommend this book enough, as the funniest and most uplifting story I’ve read in a long time. Although predominantly for those who want a light-hearted, easy read, I feel that it would be difficult for anyone to read this without a smile on their face.

Rating: 5/5

Let me know what you thought of this book if you’ve read it already!

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