book reviews

Book Review: The Flatshare

Book Details:

  • Published Date: May 28, 2019
  • Author: Beth O’Leary
  • Narrator(s): Carrie Hope Fisher & Kwaku Fortune
  • Genre: Romance, Fiction, Adult
  • Format: Kindle/Audiobook
  • Length: 336 pages/9h 58m
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.

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Honestly, at first glance, I wasn’t goin to read this book. The synopsis was pretty unique and ultimately that is what made me decide to give the book a try. I mean, two people who have never met decide to live in the same home and share the same bed. Who share a home and bed with someone they don’t know and never met? And then fall in love with them at that? It’s weird lol, but it was intriguing to want know how that would play out.

Tiffy dealt with emotional abuse from her past relationship. She would have flashbacks of what she dealt with in that relationship, but I don’t think the author was able to really tell that story the way it should have been told. Leon didn’t want to meet Tiffy, but he did end up meeting her eventually and when he met her he decided to ask her out on a date because he thought she had a nice body. Leon seemed to give up way too easily on their relationship as soon as he thought Tiffy was going back to her ex. He didn’t even try talking to her. Blah.

I don’t feel like we truly got to see the relationship between Tiffy and Leon and a lot of the story was pretty dull in my opinion. It wasn’t a terrible read, but it definitely isn’t a book I would pick up and read again.

My Rating:

3 star

Have you read The Flatshare? What were your thoughts?

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