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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Book Review: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Tiffy has broken up with her boyfriend yet again, and this time it seems like it's going to stick. She needs to find a new place to live ASAP and on her salary working in publishing, that's not easy in London. She runs across an unusual listing, and decides to take a chance. Leon works the night shift at a hospice center and spend the weekends at his girlfriend's place. He needs extra money to help out his brother who's in trouble, so he figures he should rent out his flat when he's not home. 

At first Tiffy and Leon haven't even met. They communicate through post-its and food they leave for each other. Leon is somewhat horrified but also resigned to the flowery dresses and floofy blankets Tiffy moves into their flat. Everything's going well so it feels like they might jinx things if they change the situation by meeting. 

But when Tiffy's ex-boyfriend keeps popping up (unwanted) and things with Leon's brother come to a head, they end up relying on each other in a way they hadn't expected. And it becomes a cute rom-com, although with some more substantial issues under it than usual. 

It's light and fluffy in the right ways, but not so light and fluffy that you feel your brain rotting. It actually has a couple of pretty important themes woven throughout but they don't feel tacked-on to the rom-com. It works. This is a perfect pandemic read, especially if you're looking for lighter fare. 

This book is published by Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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