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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405909951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405909952
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (822 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A gorgeous, gloriously romantic read with buckets of charm - I absolutely loved it! (Jill Mansell)

A sweet and sparkling debut from a lovely lady. Sure to be a hit. (Carole Matthews)

Only the most hard-hearted could fail to root for Sophie as she falls for A-lister Billy and must take on the mad, bad world of showbiz. This sweet debut reminded me of Last Night at Chateau Marmont (Louise Candlish)

Wonderfully warm & cosy. The perfect comfort read to curl-up with and enjoy (Ali McNamara)

Warm and romantic, this charming read will certainly brighten up your day (Closer)

Tons of charm and genuine warmth (Star Magazine)

This is one juicy read (Now)

Must read (Sunday Mirror)

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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 Sophie unexpectedly meets the gorgeous Billy Buskin - a famous actor with ambitions to make it to the top. As they begin to grow closer, Sophie finds herself whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy's glamorous - but ruthless - world.

After years of shying away from attention, can Sophie handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? How much is she prepared to give up along the way? And is their love strong enough to keep them together against the odds?

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Firstly, the characters were well constructed. Sophie was immediately likeable and easy to empathise with, whilst Billy is the big name star. They balanced each other out beautifully and gave the book depth. However, Sophie's friend Molly and the other minor characters, such as Sophie's Mum and Colin, were also easy to relate to.

The locations were great too-a simple country lifestyle in Kent juxtaposed with the pace and glamour of London highlife.

The plot itself could have been out and out fluff and glamour given the subject matter, but actually Billy and Me is as much a book about bereavement, self esteem and realising what is important in life as it is about celebrity relationships. Ultimately, it is about seeking what makes you happy. Reading this book over new year was especially poignant as I was already in that mode of reassessing hopes and dreams and this book pushed me on to think about exactly what I want out of life.

There was only one minor point that irritated me slightly whilst reading, and that was the abundance of exclamation marks. I tend to read with quite a lot of emphasis and intonation and found myself wishing there weren't so many as it disturbed the flow. That said, I am aware this is purely personal preference and it definitely didn't deter me from reading on.

If you love chicklit, romance and dreaming of celebrity heartthrobs, this is an absolute must-read for you.
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I picked up this book because I'd heard so much hype about it. Of course, I began to read it with a bit of anticipation. Had I bought into the hype too much? I'm happy to say, no I hadn't! I thoroughly enjoyed Billy and Me and devoured it within a day!

Billy and Me is the debut novel from Giovanna Fletcher. It's about an ordinary woman falling in love with a famous actor. It's pretty much a modern day Cinderella story, which I love. I'm a sucker for a happy ending. What made me want to check out this book in particular was the fact that it was written by a lady that knows the subject of falling in love with a famous person all too well.

Sophie May is a lovely, homely character who loves books (immediately a win for me!). She lives at home with her mum and works in a local teashop alongside her best friend Molly, the older lady that owns the teashop. Sophie is such a great character because she's so down to earth and relatable. I loved Sophie and Molly's friendship. It was so heart-warming.

Billy and Me is different to the typical chick-lit because Sophie and Billy get together early on in the story, so you don't have the usual `Will they, won't they?' scenario. This is great because the focus is on the deeper issues that come with the kind of relationship they have when half of the couple is incredibly famous. I liked that the book alternated between Sophie's small village life and the fast-paced nature of London. It was a lovely contrast and so realistic as well. I loved Sophie and Billy's relationship. It was sweet and very easy to root for.

Billy and Me is a easy to read and hard to put down debut novel. I really enjoyed reading it. Giovanna Fletcher has done a fabulous job with her first book, creating some relatable and extremely likeable characters. I look forward to what she writes next as she's bound to get better and better. I even think she might turn into one of my "Must buy" authors as soon as their book comes out!
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Like others have said, it was ok. I didn't really like the main character - self obsessed and quite whingy. The 'big secret' is nothing really worth waiting for and there was no real chemistry between the main characters. This should really be filed under teenage fiction rather than chick lit as she went from living with her mum to moving in with him with not so much as a kiss on the lips. The writing is very basic and with lots of exclamation marks, quite juvenile. I only read it because of who the author was married to, rather than her in her own right. It had an air of the film 'Notting Hill' about it too, but obviously not as funny or well written - maybe that's where Giovanna got her idea for the story from.
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I loved this from the moment I started it, it's a lovely story full of ups and downs, Happy and sad moments but essentially a romantic love story! Shy cafe girl meets up and coming Hollywood actor/movie idol and realises how normal he really is. Can't wait too read Giovanna's other books!
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LOVED IT
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With thanks
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This is a beautiful book provoking mixed feelings of love and sadness. The insecurities of the character give you a glimpse of reality and show that a love story is not all plain sailing like in a fairytale. The relationships that Sophie has with Billy, Molly and her Mum are all completely heartwarming. I really enjoyed reading this and will be reading more from this author.
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Five star writing...true and uplifting can't wait to read the next book...hooked completely!
Read this from a friend's recommendation thanks so much!
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