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The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, chick-lit, contemporary, fiction, romance

This was a charming love story about two people strapped for cash in London, navigating the demands of a job, rent and relationships, who meet under the most peculiar of arrangements. The Flatshare includes likeable characters, publishing industry jokes, and a touching exploration of the impact of emotionally abusive relationships. O’Leary’s writing was so charismatic and readable that I risked a car nearly knocking me over when attempting the art of reading-while-walking. It was worth it.

"Tiffy & Leon share a flat. Tiffy & Leon share a bed. Tiffy & Leon have never met.”

This premise! It shouldn’t work, yet it works so well. The story unfolds over duelling-narrative chapters and for the first few months of their living arrangement, Tiffy and Leon communicate via Post-It notes that they leave around the flat. Think sticky notes left besides left-over mushroom stroganoff or a batch of stress-baked flapjacks. Over time, they begin to pick up on each other’s moods and quirks solely through the cues they leave around the flat: the unwashed dish left on the counter, the half-drunk cup of tea.

Besides the quirky setup, the protagonists are overcoming their own personal obstacles. Tiffy is trying to move on from her recently disintegrated long-term relationship and is coming to realise how emotionally abusive her ex, Justin, truly was. Leon, on the other hand, is campaigning for the appeal of his wrongly convicted younger brother while simultaneously working night-shifts as a palliative nurse. These anxieties and life-events slowly reveal themselves in the Post-It notes and I too was falling for each of them as the notes excessively piled up. After months of their notes ping-ponging back and forth, the anticipation of them finally meeting was excruciating. And oh, the moment they finally do is golden. I was grinning like an idiot.

This is a quirky romantic novel that illustrates the importance of solid friendships, owning your flaws, finding true love and has a poignant moral behind it all. Despite the hurdles each of them must conquer, love and trust come to the forefront and makes for a feel-good novel that I can’t wait to re-read in the near future. O’Leary has created the perfect British rom-com which was such a joy to read! I couldn’t recommend this more and can’t wait for this to be out in the world.

Thank you to Quercus for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

February 26, 2019 – Shelved
February 26, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
March 9, 2019 – Started Reading
March 10, 2019 –
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March 11, 2019 –
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March 11, 2019 –
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74.0% "I can't have found another 5-star-worthy book and fallen head over heels in love with all the characters again?? It's so quirky and funny and ah, Tiffy and Leon!!"
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: chick-lit
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
March 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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