Review | The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

“I remind myself that there is no saving of people —people can only save themselves. The best you can do is help when they’re ready.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: post it notes, cruise ships, measurements, stress baking, wedding proposals, flower bouquets, leukemia, scarfs, prison letters, red lingerie, toxic relationships, beaches, bright clothes and shared beds.

For an adult romance… this was really good. Adult romances are not my favorite books to read so I was skeptical when I picked this one. But in the end, I actually enjoyed it and I thought it was a very fun and different book.

I really liked the concept of a romance blossoming by two people sharing the same space without actually crossing paths. They got to know each other not only by the notes they left, but also by their habits, leftovers and the other one’s trace around the apartment. I’m also a big fan of slow burn romances, and this is a great example of that. Even though Tiffy and Leon share the same flat and bed and they communicate via post it notes, they only physically meet halfway through the book! And I have to say their encounter was one of my favorite parts of the book. Kudos to the author for creating the perfect encounter scene. It was so funny!

I also liked how the characters were described and their personality. Tiffy is like a ball of sunshine, she’s a very caring, energetic and fun person to be around. And I would describe Leon as cool, calm and collected. They balanced each other in a perfect way, and I enjoyed their relationship a lot.

I also thought it was cool how the subject of toxic relationships was added in here. Tiffy was in an abusive relationship before and like so many other people, she didn’t think much of it because it wasn’t necessarily physical abuse. Her ex boyfriend was very manipulative, controlling and abused her mentally. I’m very happy this was brought up because I know it’s a reality for a lot of people who don’t even realise it, and maybe it would enlighten someone who’s going through a similar situation after they read the book.

Like I said before, it’s not easy for me to find an enjoyable adult romance, but this was very funny and well made. It definitely lives up to the hype!

xoxo, Neide

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