The Flatshare|Book Review

 

more than I should

The Flatshare – Published 2020

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…” – Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

This started as a book that, once again, I’ve seen hyped on Instagram. It sounded interesting so I purchased it. When it came, the cover was different than I had seen online and it was huge. One of those hardcovers that is much taller than all other hardcovers on your shelves, you know what I mean? I suppose that’s fitting because apparently Tiffy is very tall. But I hate that kind of book from an aesthetic standpoint. Anyone else feel that way?

Anyway, it started as one I didn’t think was very believable, because I mean, c’mon? Who would share a bed with someone you’ve never even seen? But, as it went on it became more and more understandable. Tiffy has this crazy controlling ex that she desperately needed to get away from, and paying for half an apartment’s rent without actually having to meet the other person is financially possible. Leon has a brother in prison he is trying to save money for (legal costs), and even though he has a girlfriend, this arrangement makes sense for him, too.

The very best part of this book, in my opinion, are the post it notes and text messages that Tiffy and Leon share as they get to know one another in a very unconventional way. They’re delightful. Tiffy is outwardly witty and clever and Leon is funny in a deadpan sort of way.

They put off meeting one another for a very long time, so it’s a bit of a slow burn book. My favorite line from the book is when Leon is reflecting on this:

“Look, have you ever looked forward to reading a book so much you can’t actually start it?” YES, Leon, I have. Insert my entire TBR pile!

Anyway, this book is great. It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s heartfelt, it’s scary, and eccentric. I loved it.

P.S. WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE? This is one of the only books where I couldn’t come up with an image in my head for either character. I know they’re both tall and Tiffy has red hair and is eccentric, but what else? Does anyone have a celebrity comparison they could send me based on their mental image?

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE

Nothing. Well, okay, I don’t love how tall my copy is. But that’s it. Read this one!

5 stars!

5 star

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2 comments

  1. I agree entirely, the post-it notes and their charming conversations while sticking them all over the entire apartment, was what stole my heart!! I’m so glad you loved it, and I actually bought both covers, US & UK – lol.

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