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.

What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.
May 28, 2019  |  336 pages
(Read from Jan 8, 2020 to Jan 24, 2020)
Grade: 4/5    (switch to letter scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Entertainment, 20% Literature
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The setup here is such a weird, contrived scenario that it feels like O'Leary worked backwards to build it. She wanted to write a modern-day epistolary romance but with post-it notes instead of text messages. How to make it happen? Squeeze the two narrators into the same apartment but keep them apart because of their working hours. Surprisingly the gimmick succeeds, thanks in large part to the fresh voices of the alternating narrators. Their growing love feels easy but also realistic.  (+2 votes)