The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary book review_berryduchess

Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit/Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: 10 April 2019
Date Finished Reading: 27 May 2019


Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

This book wasn’t in my original list. In fact, I just saw it while book shopping last week & got curious about the story. Suffice to say, I got no expectations, which is great because these days on social media, books can be hyped too and I had my share of disappointments. So I picked it up and in my mind, the story setting is a bit unusual but hey! I’m up for unusual! Unusual can be good… or not… but THANKFULLY!!! this was oh-so-good! Because before opening the book, I’m like that kid who’s praying before opening her Kinder Bueno surprise egg and wishing that it’s gonna be good or I shall accept my fate that I wasted another set of $$ for a book that I can’t finish reading.

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary book quote on humiliation_berryduchess


At first, I got confused with the characters because there were a lot! But as you read on, you’ll get to catch up and understand who’s who. The setting is in England and so I read it in Brit accent. Yes, I do that.

Tiffy & Leon

Tiffy & Leon’sarrangement is really peculiar because I know bed spacing but with that, you own your bed. Unlike Tiffy & Leon where they literally share the same bed. But what’s really good is how Beth O’Leary told the story of the characters and as a reader, I was sold. I was like “uhm, okay.. made sense!

I find the Post-it Notes & food sharing cute! For someone who loves writing notes, I  appreciate the romance thru sticky notes! Tiffy and Leon were like text mates for months and then they accidentally met in a very compromising situation and BAM! attraction. What’s nice is that they warmed up and grew fond of each other because of the notes, food & stories and not because of the physical attractiveness.

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary book quote on love and getting hurt_berryduchess

Leon & Kay (the ex-girlfriend)

I think, unknowingly, Leon is not in love with Kay. What they have is routinary but not actually love. What they have is a safe choice but not the best. Kay would always have to point out things to Leon and seriously, I hate Kay. For her, Leon is all that matters and she doesn’t care about his family at all.

Emotional Abuse/Abusive Relationship

I love that Beth O’Leary gave a different spin on the relationship of Justin (the ex-boyfriend) & Tiffy. I’ve read something like this on Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine but it was more of a background story. Here, it was one of the highlights. Tiffy experienced emotional abuse and her character showed how it is to be in an abusive relationship – the lies, the fears, self-doubt and the mental toll of being controlled. One may not physically harm you but they can torture psychologically and in this story, that’s what happened to her. Justin controlled her like one of his favourite toys and he pushed & pulled her whenever he wanted to play with her emotions and then when he gets mad, he makes her think that it was all her fault. Let me tell you, Justin is a piece of work! This is another story where I totally hate the other guy. What a manipulative piece of sh*t! A very bad, bad guy! (if you can only see my notes while doing the draft of this review! haha!) And it took her a long time to realise that.

Imagine this, he left Tiffy for another girl, then got engaged and kicked out Tiffy from his apartment. Few weeks after, he would still send suggestive text messages to her. It’s one thing to have fun and it’s another thing if you are an option for fun. So yeah, I’m totally disgusted with Justin!

It’s one thing to have fun and it’s another thing if you are an option for fun.

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This book was a wonderful surprise. When you meet all the characters, there’s no way that you won’t love them, well, except for Kay & Justin, really. But all the elements in this story is just right and I wouldn’t change anything. Rachel, Mo & Gerty – they are good to Tiffy and they are the type of friends who would smack her with the truth until she understands what she had to see. And Richie, Leon’s brother, was quite a character- hard on the outside but soft & warm on the inside.  A bit of a bad boy but in the end, he’s also loving brother & son who was a victim of a bad circumstance.

As for the plot, this is quite a unique contemporary romance – you got your humour/comedy, drama, a bit of tension & of course, love story, in my opinion, it’s a perfect balance. Tiffy & Leon’s kilig moments will leave a huge, huge smile on your face while reading while conversations with her friends will leave you LOL-ing.

This is the author’s first novel and I can’t wait to read her next book/s! I’m giving this book 5 smooches and it’s one of my favourite reads for 2019. 🙂

book rating 5

favourite moments

  • Tiffy & Leon’s first meeting
    • it was a totally OMG & swallow-me-whole moment!
  • Chasing Leon
    • The hospital scene when Tiffy was looking for Lean is rather cute!
  • Balcony Scene
    • It was damn romantic! A bit looney, but romantic!
  • Leon & Twilight
    • Yes! I judged him too! LOL!

favourite quote

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary book quote on helping people_berryduchess

About the Author

Beth O’Leary studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work. You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).

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