Billy and Me is the debut novel from Giovanna Fletcher, who to some maybe known as the wife of Tom Fletcher. I knew about Giovanna before Billy and Me as I happen to be a fan of McFly, but this review is not about McFly it is about this book.
Billy and Me, tells the story of Sophie May a somewhat naive woman who gave up the dream of going to university and settled for a quiet life working in a local teashop and living with her mum. The story follows Sophie May and her meeting of Billy Buskin, a young teenage heartthrob actor. The plot explores Sophie May coming out of her shell after meeting Billy and their budding romance, which hits a few bumps along the way.
Some things I must applaud Giovanna Fletcher is writing, is the town of Resefont Hill, it sounds like a picture perfect English countryside setting. I felt the Giovanna Fletcher captured the atmosphere of a small English village. I also wish to point out that the characters are not without their flaws, something I love seeing in novels, some authors tend to fly over their characteristic flaws but Giovanna Fletcher shows the importance of them.
Alas there were something’s that I did not connect with in the novel, at times I felt Sophie was incredibly naïve and jealous but with her background it was understandable. I also felt that the romance was a little to cliché, but this is my own taste as I prefer young adult books with a lot of action in them.
All in all, Billy and Me is most certainly a chick lit book and defiantly one for the holidays, it is light hearted in places and easy to read. If there were to be a sequel, I may consider picking it up for a holiday read but that would bit it. If you like romance and chick lit, this book is the one for you.