Book Review: Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher ***

Originally published in 2013 this book has just been republished by St Martin’s Press. It was the debut novel from Giovanna Fletcher. Giovanna has her own unique insight into the acting world having graduated from the Rose Bruford acting school. The McFly song “All About You” was written for Giovanna by her then boyfriend and now husband, Tom Fletcher, as a Valentine’s present in 2004 when he forgot it was Valentine’s day.

Sophie May works in a coffee shop in a quaint English town with her Mum. It is a very ordinary existence and she is used to being completely overlooked by her peers and neighbours. When Billy arrives in town to film the role of Mr Darcy in a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice she suddenly finds her life being turned upside down. Women all over the world love Billy but now he only has eyes for Sophie.

I really wanted to like this book. It is a sweet story but ultimately just that little bit too sweet. The characters all feel a bit too light and fluffy and because of that it’s unfulfilling. Like the marshmallow of books. Sweet and enjoyable but after so much you start to feel a bit sick. It is a fun holiday read though.

Supplied by Net Galley and St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

Billy and Me

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