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- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (10 April 2019)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DCZ7LM4
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- Customer Reviews: 1,422 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Flatshare: The bestselling romantic comedy of 2020 Kindle Edition
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"Add this to your summer reading list (and get out your checkbooks, Hollywood): Beth O'Leary's debut novel The Flatshare is a 21st century rom-com that will please hopeless romantics...Everyone needs to devour immediately.
"O'Leary's tender, funny debut is a millennial romantic comedy with an old-fashioned twist: You'll never look at a Post-it the same way again."
--Kirkus, starred review "The Flatshare is a huge, heartwarming triumph."
--Josie Silver, #1 NYT bestselling author of One Day in December "The new Jojo Moyes...This has all the ingredients of Me Before You...Seriously funny."
--Cosmopolitan (UK) This charming debut features lovely characters being nice to one another. It's easy to root for them to get together and solve the problems in each of their lives. Be prepared to hand-sell this one. It's a sweet romance that will win over readers once they discover it on the shelves.
--Library Journal, starred review "The Flatshare is the novel equivalent of a cup of hot tea. It'll warm you up -- and heal you if you're hurting."
--Refinery29 "The Flatshare is undeniably a romance between Tiffy and Leon; it will give you butterflies, and make you laugh. But it's also a deep-dive into the realities of relationships gone wrong, and what it truly takes to dig oneself out of the depths... An empowering look at resilience and healthy love."
--Bustle "O'Leary's debut is a sweet, quirky novel about two complete opposites falling for one another under the cutest of circumstances...Perfect for fans of Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient and Sally Thorne's The Hating Game."
--Booklist "I finished The Flatshare in one sitting - it is, as promised, incredibly uplifting and joyous. I spent the last few hours with a massive smile on my face. I have fallen head over heels in love with Tiffy and Leon, and indeed with this book."
--Louise O'Neill, #1 international bestselling author of Asking For It "Such fun...A thought-provoking work of fiction. But fun. Definitely fun."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "We were genuinely tickled by this book; we loved the concept, the writing, the characters. This is such a great book to take on vacation and read in one go with your toes dug into the warm sand."
--Christina Lauren, Publishers Weekly's 11 Essential Summer Romance Novels "This quirky romantic comedy has surprising depth...Colorful storylines, generous-hearted characters, and British banter make this a refreshing novel."
--Christian Science Monitor "Clever debut...O'Leary's story packs plenty of laughs and gasps; fans of Bridget Jones's Diary will want to give this a look."
--Publishers Weekly "Its breezy prose and fun plot will have you hooked from the first page."
--RealSimple.com, 5 Best Summer Beach Reads The Flatshare starts out as a sweet, funny, beautifully written romance with great dialogue and characters you'd love to share a flat with...and then, once you're hooked, it deepens and becomes so much more. It's a cheering, lovely look at friendship and love and learning to trust after heartbreak. I never wanted it to end. --Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners and The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness "The Flatshare has a lot of laughable moments, but there's a great deal of depth, too. It's also refreshing. ...The Flatshare proves [romance is] possible; you just have to get creative. O'Leary's book is a fun read and a hugely promising debut."
--Coastal Living "Feel-good fiction at its best."
--Independent (UK) Tiffy and Leon will stay in your head long after you turn the final page. This is a gorgeously written, highly original love story that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the questionable joys of shared living. I absolutely loved it. --Phoebe Morgan, #1 bestselling author of The Doll House
"In the league of Bridget Jones and Marian Keyes' Walsh sister books ... Fresh, funny and feel-good."
--Claire Allan, bestselling author of The First Time I Said Goodbye --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Such a lovely, intense, sometimes cheeky, heart-warming read!
Certainly a rom-com, but sometimes not so heavy on the com.
It's gorgeous to watch the love of Tiffy and Leon unfold and watch them grow and, even though we have to endure some of their pain along way, it's gratifying to see the most happy of endings.
Also a whole stack of wonderful supporting characters, I find myself forlorn at saying goodbye to such a supportive bunch, I'd love to read their stories as well.
Thank you to the Author for an afternoon VERY well spent! :)
My initial impression of Tiffy was this girls a bit flaky, nice enough but not much back bone I guess the ditzy girl vibe is because of her love of vintage but as the characters and their life stories unfold it all makes sense and you can’t help but love both the H and h as well as a lot of the secondary characters.
Absolutely fabulous story, characters and writing, totally recommend this book.
If you can look past this, you'll have a really enjoyable book.
Borrowed this from the library and had to add it to my collection ❤️
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Annie: yuck, like urgh.
Frown in annoyance. Throw book. Want refund.
Tiffy Moore's manipulative boyfriend, Justin, has left her for another woman so she is flat-hunting in London. Her niche publishing job (crocheting books by up-and-coming author Katherin) doesn't pay minimum wage so, despite concern from workmate Racheland friends Gerty (a criminal lawyer) and Mo (a psychologist) she rents L. (Leon) Twomey's flat. Leon's brother, Richie, is in gaol for an armed robbery he didn't commit and girlfriend Kay, is non-to supportive. Big-hearted, Leon is also trying to track-down elderly knitting-fiend, Mr Prior's wartime lover, 'Johhny White' in the short time Mr Prior has left whilst looking after poorly, but sparky, Holly.
Via post-it note conversations in the flat they share but are never in at the same time, Leon and Tiffy become friends chatting and offering advice about their lives. When Richie's appeal is not going well it is Tiffy who steps up to help winning a newly single Leon over.
I read this from its publication date and over the Easter weekend that followed. A joyous romcom novel (which won me over despite not being my favourite genre) that matched the bright and sunny weather. Tiffy and Leon are genuinely lovely people dealing with difficult circumstances and thrown together just when they need it. A charming love story that is well worth a read.
But then I decided to relax and embrace this pretty predictable love story. Because even though the characters perhaps lack individuality and originality (somewhat typical), it is a good and entertaining romantic novel. Especially Leon (one of the main characters) - I appreciate it might be hard to write novel from inside the heads of two different characters, but it felt like the author did not really know Leon and his thought-process was somewhat wooden.
But "The Flatshare" grew on me. It's a lovely piece of easy escapism, enjoyable and easy-going, despite (and top marks for that) the fact that Beth O'Leary talks about emotional abuse and unhealthy relationships. If you like to read contemporary feel good books that will undoubtedly cheer you up, chick-lits, beach reads, you will enjoy this book. It is something Sophie Kinsella could have written several years ago but does not write anymore. And this is a compliment.
Three and a half stars, if not more! And I will for sure read the next book, which is already scheduled to be published in April 2020!
I downloaded this as one of the daily deals so at least I've only wasted 99p.
Stoped at page 70.
This story had it all. Romance, comedy and so much more.
We are introduced into the lives of Tiffy and Leon. Tiffy is in need of a place to live, but doesn't have much money. So, she comes across an advert for a flatshare.
Tiffy, lives in the flat in the evenings and weekend. While Leon takes the days. It's only a one bed flat, therefore they share the bed as well.
Tilly and Leon have never met in person. But, they communicate through post-it notes that they leave each other.
We are told the story from Tilly and Leon's point of view. (Leon's part does take a while to get used to, due to the style of writing)
The main storyline is obviously the developing relationship between Tiffy and Leon, I did mention there is romance 👍🏻😊 but, what makes this story is the additional sub stories, and the way they are handled.
Though this story is light hearted it does deal with hard hitting issues.
And I did have a tear or two over Mr Priors story of a secret love 😢
There's so much to say about this book, but it would only spoil your enjoyment.
Read it 👍🏻
Through notes and post-its, they begin to learn more about each other - Leon is concerned about his brother Richie's wrongful conviction, and Tiffy's ex Justin won't leave her alone. Can they help each other?
This was very sweet, and it's not a premise I've seen before. The notion of sharing a flat in 12 hour shifts seems ridiculous but it seems to work here, and the format of the dual POV plus notes and post-its works well. I felt like I really got to know Tiffy, but unfortunately I can't say the same for Leon. While overall this was an enjoyable read, it took me a while to get into Leon's chapters - the writing is so clipped and very Bridget Jones-esque ("Felt sad. Ate cake. Looked around at flat.") that it left him almost devoid of any personality for me. I still didn't feel like I knew anything about him as a person by the end.
In saying that, I really enjoyed the story and I liked the little side arcs too, I felt the Justin situation was handled well and sensitively. I just wish Leon's chapters had been written in the same style as Tiffy's.
I'd heard great things about The Flat Share, and certainly I found this to be an impressive debut from Beth O'Leary. It's a fun book, but also tackles some deeper issues, with some great characters, and a number of interwoven subplots alongside the central romance.
I found the first half of the book particularly engaging, as Tiffy and Leon strike up a tentative friendship through their post-it notes. Whilst the second half was still enjoyable, it perhaps became a little more formulaic once Tiffy and Leon actually met, and the final section of the book was perhaps a little stretched out.
As mentioned the book does tackle some more serious issues, both Leon and Tiffy facing some struggles in their personal lives. Whilst I did appreciate the themes the author was trying to convey, I wasn't sure how convincing I found the portrayal of Tiffy's relationship with her ex, as at times this aspect of the plot was a bit heavy handed and forced.
The chapters alternate from Tiffy and Leon's point of view. I did initially find the style of narration for Leon's chapters a little jarring, however, after a while I got used to it, and actually the style did fit his character.
Overall an enjoyable read, uplifting and quirky.
A hugely funny, romantic, heart warming book which I highly recommend. I can’t wait to read Beth O’Leary’s second book The Switch Up which is out next March (2020!)