Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Book Corner: Billy & Me By Giovanna Fletcher

When I was younger I used to read a LOT, I probably got through a book a week I was that typical book worm however over time I have read less and less, partly because I have had a very small amount of time around my GCSE's but also because I just could not find a book I really enjoyed, on numerous occasions I started a book and just couldn't get into it but finally I have found a book I have actually enjoyed from start to finish.

Obviously I don't want to give out any spoilers, however I thought my little 'book corner' could prove a great addition to my blog, starting with what may be my favourite book.

Rating: ★★★★★

I initially chose to read this purely on the basis that I love the Fletcher family and I knew how creative they were not releasing anything thats not perfect and Giovanna proved this once again. 

Being Giovannas debut novel it felt right to read this first and cannot wait to read Christmas with Billy & Me because who doesn't love a festive book?

Synopsis from Good Reads:

"Sophie May has a secret. One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.
But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?" 
From the start I found the story heart-warming and full of charm, I am probably the soppiest person ever and love a good romance however I have seen countless books where girl meets boy and they just don't cut it with me, they are all the same and I have found nearly every one I have got bored of but the fact the story has a twist of a girl being thrust in to the celebrity spotlight - something Giovanna has portrayed perfectly - must be why I found it so interesting and know I will constantly pull it off my book shelf. 
Sophie is a quiet, shy girl living in a quaint english village with her mom working at the local teashop with little old lady Molly. Sophie seems such a lovely character someone anyone could instantly warm to whilst Billy a up and coming actor brimming with charm who wants a 'normal' girl and a simplistic life with sweet gestures any girl would fall for that leading to me wanting a Billy in my life. The two meet in the coffee shop and instantly have a connection with their romance warming your heart.

I love how the pair meet earlier on in the story meaning you can see there love blossom but also see the obstacles they come across instead of the usual will they won't they which I often find in a chic-lit. Sophie has to overcome the press digging in to her life, Billy's work and the London life completely polar opposite to village life but I also love the fact Sophie stays down to earth through out the book instead of changing into the typical glamorous woman and she doesn't change her values with her new found life.

The book occasionally throws back to her childhood, and more specifically a day that changed her life forever showing life then to now and how it haunts her years later making her a completely different person to her original self. I also love the contrast between the city girl and village lass. Apart from the obvious main characters I absolutely loved Molly, who's wise words proved useful to Sophie in working out what to do but also something I - as a reader - could use in everyday life. 

Overall the book provides a heart warming book, where you just want Sophie and Billy to work out desperately as I loved there relationship. The book was written perfectly portraying all emotions of characters, without being cheesy but also providing a very teary moment towards the end. This book was full of charm and completely endearing. 

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  1. Oh my gosh I'm definitely adding this to my shopping list! It sounds amazing!!! I've never read one of her books before but I've seen so many good reviews I'm gonna have to purchase one! Xx
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

  2. This sounds like an amazing book - I need to get back into reading so maybe I'll start with this!

    Lucy |

  3. Yay! I love when bloggers share the books they are reading! This sounds great!

  4. I used to read a lot before and now I hardly have time for it. This book sounds lovely and I really like the cover of it. I added to my list and I will check it for sure!

    1. Happy you found the post helpful! Hope it gets you into reading again!

  5. I actually have this book, as my sister read it last year sometime. Since I love reading my sister keeps trying to get my to read it, though I don't think it's the books for me as it seems too girly and not very realistic, though I really want to read it because it is by Giovanna!
    Ailish Elizabeth

    1. Its actually not as girly as it seems! If you do decide to read it hope you enjoy! x