BOOK REVIEW : THE FLATSHARE

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

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…

reviewIt’s like I ordered what I thought would be a vanilla ice-cream, but with every bite, I was surprised with the burst of the myriad of other flavors that just had me going in for more.

Tiffy’s on-and-off boyfriend asks her to move out of his flat and she needs a housing option ASAP. Leon needs quick money to pay for his brother appeal case after he is wrongly convicted on a false robbery case. He works night shifts at a hospice and Tiffy is an assistant editor for a publishing house which publishes DIY and crafting books. (How cute is that?) So, both are desperate for money. Leon puts up an ad for a flatshare, and Tiffy answers. It’s convenient for both of them.

Almost half of the book is spent with Leon and Tiffy communicating through notes left at their flat, and the occasional texts. It also doesn’t help that Leon’s protective girlfriend takes the responsibility of dealing all things flatsharing with Tiffy, and it’s her house Leon spends his weekends in.

Leon and Tiffy are completely opposites. Tiffy is also quirky, messy, unreserved and warm. She also stands out because of her quirky sense of dressing. Tiffy also shares everything about her life with her best friends. Leon is the introvert. Quiet, shy and reserved. He doesn’t like talking.

Even the chapters with his POV are written in phrases rather than sentences to show his reticence with using words. In contrast, Tiffy’s POV chapters are wordier and more articulately written to keep with her chatty personality. It was a clever if unconventional style of writing by the author to paint the differences between the two characters.

But Leon and Tiffy are similar in the ways that count. They are both kind and compassionate. Leon is too attached to his patients, so much so, that he goes out of his way to help find their lost companions. When Tiffy finds out about Leon’s brother, she goes out of her way to help. A gesture that means a lot to Leon who needs people to believe in his brother’s innocence like he does.

A special shout-out to Tiffy’s friends! They were the whole package. Gerty was the pragmatic, no-bullshit lawyer friend, Mo sensitive and supportive, Rachel wild and fun-loving. I want them as my friends! This book also deals with the dangers of toxic and emotionally abusive relationships. I was just glad that Tiffy had the best set of friends to get her through her rough times. She also couldn’t ask for a better guy than Leon to help her move on. They were too sweet and adorable together. Almost too good for the world!

This was just the read I needed! There is a sweetness and depth to this book that was was not alluded to in the blurb. I couldn’t recommend it enough!


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★★★★★