Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Books Read: Giovanna Fletcher - Billy and Me

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?

Sophie May leads a quiet uneventful life in her home village where she's chosen to stay and live a solitary life rather than moving to the bright lights of the city to make a career for herself.  She loves her job working with Molly in her teashop but her life is about to be thrown into a tailspin when actor Billy Buskin appears and sweeps her off her feet.

Overnight her life is turned upside down, one day she's leading a normal everyday life and the next she finds herself as front page news as Billy's new girlfriend.  Will she be able to handle the pressure that being a star's girlfriend will entail?... jealousy from fans, everyone wanting to know your personal business and add into the mix an ex-girlfriend life is certainly far from dull for Sophie.

The only thing that bugged me a little about this book was that I thought from the synopsis that Sophie's secret was going to be biggie, yes it was a tragic event in her life but it actually wasn't as shocking as I was expecting although it had played a major impact in why Sophie had chosen to live the way that she had done before Billy appeared in her life. 

I had been aware of all the hype in the lead up to publication of Billy and Me, and having recently finished reading the book I can honestly say it was justified, I loved it and would love to see a sequel, even if it was just a short story, sometime in the future to see how things have worked out for Sophie and Billy.  I cannot wait to read more books from Giovanna in the future to see how her writing style progresses as this was an impressive start with her debut novel.

I'd like to thank Katie at Penguin Books for sending me a copy of this book to review.   

1 comment:

  1. I've got this book waiting on my Kindle and I can't wait to start reading it.