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By Beth O'Leary
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Once again, I am admitting that this book sat on my TBR list for far too long. After hearing so many wonderful things about The Flatshare, I waited for the perfect time to finally take the plunge, and I am so glad that I did.
The Flatshare is classified as a romantic comedy, but I wouldn’t exactly call it that. Sure, it had its funny moments, but it was much more emotionally charged than I expected. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, there’s nothing that I like more than a well-rounded novel, and that is precisely how I would classify The Flatshare.
After leaving a bad relationship, Tiffy is looking for an affordable (a.k.a cheap) place to live. Leon is looking to make a little extra money to help his brother out. When she sees an ad for a flatshare that she can afford, her interest is piqued, but this isn’t exactly a normal, conventional roommate situation. Tiffy works days. Leon works the nightshift. Their arrangement involves them sharing a flat at opposite times, including the one bed. Oh, the horror! While I liked their fictional arrangement, I myself would never be able to share a stranger’s bed. Their living arrangement also involved them never meeting face-to-face, a deal that Leon’s girlfriend decided was probably for the best.
This was a unique story with quirky elements. Tiffy and Leon wrote notes to each other on a daily basis. Despite the fact that they were strangers, they forged a friendship, and looked forward to reading each other’s notes. As a reader, I couldn’t wait for the day when they finally got to meet in person. While their personalities couldn’t have been more different, there was a connection between them that just couldn’t be denied.
Tiffy and Leon were both going through their own emotional turmoil. This story wasn’t merely a romance, although there was definitely a love story that had me completely invested. As I previously mentioned, there was so much more to this story.
The chapters alternated between Tiffy and Leon’s perspectives. I must admit that it took me a bit of time to get used to the chapters from Leon’s perspective. He’s a man of few words and few pronouns, and at first, I was taken aback by him, however, once I became accustomed to it as just the way Leon was, I enjoyed my time with him.
The Flatshare was a solid story with many intriguing aspects that I enjoyed. I’ve already nabbed The Switch by Beth O’Leary and I'm looking forward to reading it in the near future.