Book review: The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary

 Well hello to you my reader chums! The Flat Share is a book I've seen raved about all over my Instagram feed and I couldn't wait to see what it was all about. My friend Charlotte actually sent me it to read (thank you) and I was really excited to after all the good things I've heard.

After being addicted to the book, I can easily say I loved it, and here is my review:

Book review: The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary

Plotline

The Flat Share is about Tiffy and Leon. Leon is looking for a flatmate and has the idea of renting out his flat to someone else in the evenings whilst he works nights, and the roommate will work in the day, giving him his space in the daytime. This is where Tiffy comes in and the two end up sharing a bed, without even meeting each other. Their schedules work accordingly and they communicate with post-it notes on the fridge. But with an obsessive ex-boyfriend and a wrongly imprisoned brother in the mix, things become more complicated than expected with their flatshare.

Characters and relationships

I adore the characters in this book and I think that's why I was obsessed with it from the off. Tiffy is your typical girl in her twenties but she's ever so quirky with her style and mannerisms. She's so much fun to read about and I love her honesty in each sentence, it's like reading your best friend's thoughts. Leon is a rather shy and reserved character, he hides a lot of his emotions but also as a nurse, he comes across as incredibly caring. And their bond together is flirty, friendly and everything it should be in a romantic story. It's the type of bond all of us dream of and I love reading it grow through post-it notes and when they finally meet.

Mo and Gerty are Tiffy's best pals and their friendship is so rich and interesting to read. It's funny comparing friendships to mine but their bond is so deep that you know they've been best friends for literally ever. She's also so close to her work colleague Rachel - and if I had to describe a work wife, that's Rachel to a tee. She's the type of girl you tell everything to from your detailed sex life to every thought of the day.  Richie is Leon's brother and I really adore their relationship. It's so bittersweet throughout the book with the situation Richie is in, but they're still super close to one another and nothing could break them.

Tiffy's ex-boyfriend is one of the characters I really grew to hate (and you'll find out why if you read the book.) The way he fits into the plot is well thought out and adds the drama to the friendly tone of the novel.

Overall thoughts 

Overall, I could happily sing this book's praises for ages. From the first page, I was hooked into Tiffy's character and life and wanted to know more and more. She was so relatable in many ways and I adored her as a character overall. When Leon filed into the mix and the separation of the two chapters, I found myself loving each word as I went through. The book is structured really well and all the other characters and themes in the book bode well together. I honestly loved it.

Ending

After making my way through the book, I couldn't wait to see how the book ended as I'd enjoyed it so much. Although I can't tell you the ending, what I will say is it left me smiling and closing the book with satisfaction.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Have you read The Flat Share?

Thank you for reading <3

45 comments

  1. I'm soo glad you love this book and its gone to a good and loving home!! The ex boyfriend is soo annoying, whenever he was on set I was like ew go away leave her alone! Haha!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Thank you so much for sending it to me, I loved it! And yes ahaha that's so true, I was like, please leave xx

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  2. I've seen this book everywhere this year and I just cannot wait to get my hands on it! I love your review in your style of writing, it's like we're chatting over a cuppa on our way to work!
    This book is officially added to my reading list this month!

    Rosie

    loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. It's so good, let me know what you think when you do! Thank you so much lovely, it means a lot xx

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  3. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. You've written a great review.

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  4. That book sounds very interesting. Thank you for recommendation.

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  5. The Flatshare is one of my favorite books of all time. I loved it from the moment I started it, and now O'Leary is one of my favorite authors. The Switch is just as adorable!

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    1. Honestly, it's so incredible! Ooh I need to read her second book xx

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  6. Ahhh I've had this book on my list for ages, I'm desperate to read it. Fantastic review - you've got me even more excited now!

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    1. Yes, please give it a read and let me know what you think! Thank you xx

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  7. I loved this book so much!! Your classic soppy, romcom but I couldn’t get enough!

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  8. Aw, I read and reviewed this book on my blog, and loved it too! I recently read O'Leary's 'The Switch' which I also enjoyed. Thanks for sharing x

    Sophie | www.loveandliterature.co.uk

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    1. It's so good! Ooh I need to read her second book xx

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  9. This has been on my TBR pile since the summer. I can't wait to read it. A great review always has me itching to get reading x

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    1. Put it at the top of your list, it's so good! Thank you xx

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  10. I haven't heard of this book before. Thanks for sharing it, I will have to check it out!

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  11. This seems like such a cute read! I've put it on my to-read list, and I hope I get to it soon!

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  12. I have heard nothing but good things about this book but I still haven't read it! Desperately need to get myself a copy. Great review! x

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  13. I have heard so many good things about this book, and now I want to read it even more! The Flat Share sounds excellent.
    Cora | https://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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  14. The Flat Share is my favourite read of this year, it's such a lovely, heart-warming story! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  15. I loved The Flatshare too! Tiffy and Leon are fantastic characters!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com/

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  16. I have this on my TBR list and really need to give it a go and read and your review pulls me in even more!

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    1. Let me know what you think! Thank you lovely xx

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  17. Cute book! Reminds me some of the ones I've read before with a fun plot.

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  18. I have seen this book advertised on Instagram before once and it sounds really interesting. Thank you for sharing your review.

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  19. I absolutely loved The Flatshare and haven't met anyone that didn't enjoy it yet! It's such a lovely read!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

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  21. I haven't read this book but will consider it following your recommendation!

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  22. I loved this book, I read it when it first came out and thought it was brilliant

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  23. This sounds interesting. I need to get this book.
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    Lovely
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