The Flatshare

The Flatshare

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What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes - first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea...especially if you've never met.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250295637
9781250245175
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Flat share

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AugustaLibrary Aug 12, 2020

The book is laugh out loud funny. My husband kept asking me what’s so
funny and I would try to explain to him. I can see why this author is touted
as the next JoJo Moyes. I could actually picture Emilia Clarke playing as Tiffy
in a movie adaptation. There was some offensive language but it was rather
mild as was the romance which was tastefully written. This story has
several interesting plot twists which keep it from being predictable.
--Stacey

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mebacher
Jul 22, 2020

The kind of book you have to shush your squealing about as you’re reading lest others think you’re crazy. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

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mitanline
Jul 17, 2020

I picked up this book a couple of days ago, my preconceived opinion on the book was that it would be another cliché. I was definitely proved wrong as the story started to unfold, at first I thought that the protagonists, Leon, and Tiffy would be sharing an apartment, not a bed, so that was definitely a shocker. The feel-good story is crafted with underlying ideas of emotional abuse and understanding the frustration of having someone close to you go to jail for something they didn’t do. The book is an entertaining read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, it was easy to like the characters however I wished that they would show the recovery road for Tiffy.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

The Flatshare is exactly what I want from a romantic comedy/dramedy type book... It's got hugely likeable protagonists in the form of Tiffy and Leon, a highly original setup for the meeting of these two characters, a cast of interesting supporting characters and side storylines but most of all... It feels fresh!!! Hallelujah for that. I have found myself getting so jaded when it comes to this genre of book but this one is a veritable diamond in the rough. 'The Flatshare' does not feel like so many of the countless romantic-comedy/dramedy books I've read throughout the years.

The setup for this book is a bit bonkers but it really works. Tiffy and Leon are flatmates with a twist. They share a bed! But Leon is in the flat only during the day as he works night shifts. Whereas Tiffy is in the flat at nights and on the weekends. Their lives are so separate that they haven't even met... I mean we know where this is going right? BUT THE JOURNEY IS FABULOUS! Tiffy and Leon start leaving generic post it notes for each other around the flat (regarding things such as bin day, leftover food etc) but these notes gradually evolve into a deeper intimacy and the two find themselves wondering a lot more about the other person and if maybe there is a significant connection

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kmrussell
May 30, 2020

I really am getting tired of authors who use the f...word in so much conversation. I expect a better grip on vocabulary from the authors I read!

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Dee_BPL
May 14, 2020

Absolutely loved this audiobook!!

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frenchhornistba
Apr 13, 2020

This book surprised me; there is so much more to it than just romance! It is a story about healing from emotional abuse and having a brother wrongfully incarcerated, along with a romantic plot. Tiffy and Leon will charm you all the way through!

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 09, 2020

This book is wonderfully fun, playful and contains some elements I didn't expect. I thought this was a beautiful story about discovery, and striking out on your own. I really loved the characters and it put them in such an unusual situation that was so odd I didn't think it would work but Beth O'Leary's writing is so endearing, there's something really lovely about this story.

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2greyts
Feb 23, 2020

Different, quirky; I enjoyed it.

neyoscribbles Feb 19, 2020

A feel-good interesting storyline that is just on this side of weird but safe-ish. Although it is light and at times humorous, I felt this book discussed heavy issues and did it some justice. For a “cute romance” storyline, issues of emotional abuse and gas lighting were introduced and dealt with, with substance. I got very involved with the characters who were all peculiar in their own bizarre ways and felt like I was a friend who was also hanging around in their apartment. I also loved that it was set in the UK, especially with the references to several places, castles included.

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frenchhornistba
Apr 13, 2020

frenchhornistba thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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