I read a review of The Flat Share a while ago and it sounded like a lovely read. Not quite my usual cup of tea, but a lovely read all the same. I realised a couple of years ago that I struggle to keep up with complicated plot lines over the summer holidays, so I started reading easier books over the summer. Which is how I came to be reading The Flat Share.
The basic story of The Flat Share is summed up on the front cover: Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met… Leon is a nurse working nights. He needs some extra cash. So he advertises for someone to share his flat (and his bed) while he is at work. Tiffy is desperately in need of somewhere new to live, but can’t afford a high rent. So she moves in with Leon, without ever meeting him.
Tiffy fills Leon’s tidy flat with colour and mess, which he initially finds irritating, but soon starts to find endearing. Their relationship develops through a series of post-it notes about baking and leftovers, before moving on to more serious matters.
This is a sweet and funny book, told alternately by Tiffy and Leon. Leon writes in a strange way – missing out pronouns and words like ‘a’ and ‘the’, while Tiffy gives everything elaborate detail. The Flat Share works very well as a sweet and funny book, but it is so much more than that. There are a couple of darker storylines which make this a cut above your average romantic fiction.
If you’re looking for an entertaining read that isn’t too challenging, with really likeable characters, I can definitely recommend The Flat Share.
(I did actually break my own summer holiday reading rules this year. Somehow I managed to read three of my four ‘easy summer reads’ – With or Without You, Never Greener and Convenience Store Woman – within a week of my daughter finishing school for the summer. So I decided to read a couple of thrillers instead, before reading The Flat Share right at the end of the holidays.)