Thank you so much to the publishers and Netgalley for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Fresh out of university in Manchester and struggling to climb the career ladder in London, Flick’s devastated when her boyfriend dumps her with no warning and leaves her looking for a new place to live.
Being forced into a houseshare with three complete strangers isn’t exactly how Flick saw things going. But the residents of Carlisle Avenue are quickly on hand to help her navigate the ups and downs of the life she’s currently winging.
With their help, along with her big sister, Flick manages to focus her energy on ticking off items that she’s added to her ‘twenties list’ – the perfect bucket list for any twenty-something reclaiming their life post-break up.
And all is going well, that is until her boss catches wind of it and asks her to create a new magazine column documenting her progress. Enter Teddy, a sweet guy who becomes Flick’s friend after a tennis meet-cute. As the column finds its feet Flick’s in way over her head, somehow managing to fake-date Teddy to please her boss and her readers.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for such a long time after seeing a lot about it online. I’m glad I did, as it is an enjoyable book that I could read quickly. It is a book all about female friendship and feeling lost in your early twenties.
Flick has recently been dumped by her boyfriend and is feeling lost. She decides to move into a houseshare with three other girls, Stacey, Kitty and Maia. Then, during a conversation with her sister, Flick decides to create a ‘twenties list’ of things she wants to do before she turns 23. All is going well, until Flick’s boss catches wind of the list and asks her to create a magazine column documenting her progress.
There were so many things about Flick that I could relate to and I feel that helped me to enjoy the story more. She is real and authentic throughout the entire story. Flick really captures the ‘I have no idea what I am meant to be doing’ vibes of your twenties. I loved that she is from Liverpool too! Not many books have characters from the North so this was a real bonus.
I loved the Carlisle girls. Stacey, Kitty and Maia are all unique and I enjoyed finding out more about them throughout the book. Flick’s relationship with her sister Suze was so lovely to read. I could relate to their relationship because my relationship with my own sister is very similar. I would love to see more sister relationships like this in books I read in the future. Quickly, Teddy is such a gem and I adored him.
I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for more books by Emily Merrill. This fake-dating, finding yourself in your twenties book was so lovely and I cannot wait to see what else she releases.
Overall, I would highly recommend Heartbreak Houseshare. Especially if you are feeling a little lost in your twenties! It is an enjoyable read to get cosy with!