BOOK REVIEW: BETH O’LEARY – THE FLATSHARE

I’m very excited to be sharing this review with you today – it’s a book that I am in love with – even after finishing reading it. There’s also a lot of love for this book everywhere too. It’s a read that is making everyone smile and hopeful, too. It is of course, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.

The Flatshare is a book that sparked my attention from the first moment I saw it was being published. I love the premise of it, the cover is gorgeous and I just really liked the buzz that was surrounding this book. I was so excited to be sent a copy and I read it as quickly as I could – I couldn’t put it down. So, what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:

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…

I just love the sound of that blurb and it really does set up the story nicely. This is a debut novel from Beth O’Leary and it’s one of the hottest debut novels of the year. I loved Beth’s writing. I thought it was quirky, punchy, lyrical, funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I think the premise is something new, original and fun in the book world. The story is told from both Leon and Tiffy’s perspective which is a good way to get to know the two characters a lot more – just like they are trying to figure out each other… this can be seen via their use of sticky notes as that is the only way of creating their relationship – especially with the occasional baked goods from Tiffy…

The main thing that I loved about this book is the characters. Beth O’Leary has crafted a brilliant ensemble of characters that feel real, relatable and they jump from the page. From Tiffy’s friends at work, to Leon’s patients, to Leon’s brother Richie (When reading, I had a big crush on Richie…), Mr Prior and more. I loved our main characters Tiffy and Leon but I do have a massive love for Leon. I found Leon’s voice and his style of chapters refreshing and such a contrast to Tiffy’s chapters. I think Leon is a character I have been waiting for (without really knowing) in a book for a long time. I felt connected with Leon and just had a massive soft spot for him, just like Tiffy, I guess. He isn’t your typical romantic hero and neither is Tiffy, too. I think Beth has turned the genre on it’s head and has created such real, wonderful and brilliant characters. But, Team Leon all the way…

I think The Flatshare is a book that we could all do with at the moment. It’s a happy, hopeful, romantic read that will brighten up your day. I honestly, hand on heart, loved this book, just as I thought I would, but more. Also, my partner Ryan has just finished reading it and he adored it – he couldn’t put it down and has become his favourite book. I hope that does the same for you. I hate comparing books but if you loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine with some more light than darkness and a bit more fun, this is a book for you. It’s also a great book to take on holiday or if you’re in a reading slump and looking for something new to read as the chapters are short and snappy and will put a smile on your face. Just like the book tells us, sometimes the happy thing just happens. And that’s what this book does.

I hope you love The Flatshare as much as I did and you fall in love with Tiffy and Leon too. A big thank you to Hannah at Quercus books for my copy and I can’t wait to see what Beth creates next…

Have you read The Flatshare? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,
Corey.

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