BookClub Reads: Flatshare

Plot:

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art.

Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet.

Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more.

But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you’ve never met.

Review:

As with all my book reviews I am writing my thoughts as I get them so there will be ups and downs with this one!

Okay this novel starts off with odd names and descriptions as it takes a while to remember what is going on. The second chapter is Leon’s lifestyle. Why is the writing in his chapters so off? Like the actual sentences are not fully written. It’s like a child is thinking his thoughts. “Phone rings as.. full stop. Bad timing. Doctor not happy… as night nurse should know” that is just poor grammar. Why would you have one characters chapters at least written decently but have the other character written so poorly? I get it that your trying to distinguish between two different personalities but come on. This is poor English! For a novel that’s been raved about a lot this is terrible!

The chapter then goes into a script mode with no proper structure warning. “Woman is annoying definitely. And is female” this man sounds like a psychopath (should know after experiencing a couple in my past)

As we slowly move through the chapters the main character Tiffy begins to annoy me. I mean why would you wear sunglasses in February if it’s not sunny, there’s no purpose indeed than to look like a diva. Ask, Leon is so rude! “Flat has been redecorated to look immeasurably worse. Can only conclude that she was doing it on purpose – nobody could be this tasteless accidentally.”

After a few more chapters the pair begin to leave notes for each other around the apartment. It’s weird isn’t it? Living with someone you’ve never met and even coming close to meeting them to run away and hide because Leon was nervous. They begin to grow on me as they begin to open up with each other. I’ve heard that Tiffy has been through abusive relationships however I do not agree as I am seeing a girl who is haunted by her ex, Justin. Especially when she is kissing another guy and gets flashbacks of bad then good memories of Justin which is odd. I think she was just in a controlling relationship where he made it seem like she needed him. As for Leon, that Kay lady was controlling as well in a obvious way.

The way Leon and Tiffy first meet was hilarious, there where bound to meet at some point. The way Tiffy begins to remember things about Justin like him saying she got rid of these clothes and other items then she sees those items. I hate him. He reminds me of another character from a book I read this year (I can’t seem to remember it, sorry) it’s the type of person that loves to be controlling and make you seem like you need that person. That’s mentally abusive.

One of the quotes I’ve enjoyed:

“Life is often simple, but you don’t notice how simple it was until it gets incredibly complicated, like how you never feel grateful for being well until you’re ill, or how you never appreciate your tights drawer until you rip a pair and have no spares.”

Overall I found this to be a great read as it showed a lot of development for all characters involved.

4/5 Stars

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