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Billy and Me

(Billy and Me #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  11,939 ratings  ·  1,252 reviews
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 beg
Paperback, 402 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Michael Joseph (Penguin UK)
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Jessica Sayer
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Bleurgh. This book really isn't very good. I'm sure the author is lovely and sweet but this is one of the worst chick lit books I've read in a while. Here's why...

I'm not quite sure I liked one single character, especially not Billy. He was absolutely ridiculous - always cheerful, making stupidly boring/supposedly funny comments and as for the 'throw the head back' laugh?! Good god. He sounds like the most boring man of all time. Sophie was almost as bad, a spoilt over sensitive brat who you 'ju
Aug 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Gonna keep this short and sweet. I wanted to like this, I really did. But it felt like nothing more than a grammatically correct fan fiction.
There was no depth to any of the characters, bar a SLIGHT insight into Sophie's past.
Sophie and Billy's relationship escalated within pages and the book on a whole was fast paced, rushed and would sit best in the young adult section of a book shop at best.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Here’s another book I never reviewed, despite finishing it LAST FALL. I thought I’d leave well enough alone, but then I remembered . . . .

I believe this was a “if you like this, you may like this” library software recommendation. I instantly requested it for the cover alone. Then I took a peek at the synopsis and was reminded of another story . . . .

But this poor little thing was just turrrrrrible. It started almost immediately .
Barbara Elsborg
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry. I can see I'm out of kilter with most readers on this but this book just didn't work for me. Waitress and film star fall in love - that's fine. I use that too in one of my books. But this film star is just too good to be true. He's constantly smiling and laughing, using out of kilter phrases for his age, and is just so sweet that I couldn't believe in him. Yet I guess he's why the book appeals to so many. We all want film stars/pop stars to be lovely people and fall in love with ordin ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a quick read, I loved it!
Lucy Shiels
Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was awful and the only reason I finished it was because I am a firm believer in finishing a book no matter what. I did come very close to breaking my rule with this one though.
The characters were unlikeable, I found Sophie to be spoilt and pathetic and any girl who thinks that Billy could be lovable or a "perfect boyfriend" needs to have a reality check. I was annoyed by the fact that Sophie claimed that she wanted her independence and seemed like a hard-working knows-what-she-wants g
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Where do I start with Billy and Me? I picked up this book from the library because I love Gi, I think she's lovely and incredibly talented. But let's just say I'm glad I didn't buy it.

This book had a plot that, written well, could've been really good. However, the characters were awful. By halfway through the book I was shouting at Sophie May (for example: 'I wish you were real so I could punch you in the face'), she was completely over sensitive to any situation and spun round any situation to
This book has been on my shelf for a while and why did I wait to read it so long because I love it so much.

Sophie and Billy are from two very different worlds but are so meant to be together. It's interesting reading about the highs and lows of life in the limelight but it shows a message in the end of what really matters. Sophie really doesn't realise how special she is. Billy has one funny laugh too.

I also enjoyed all the parts about Sophie's past and how Molly helped her overcome all the trag
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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First stop of the BILLY AND ME BLOG TOUR!

What I thought about it:
BILLY AND ME HAS TO BE THE BEST DEBUT NOVEL FOR ME SO FAR. OK, so sorry for the shouty pointy capital letters, but you get my point, right? Have you ever woke up after finishing a book and feeling really satisfied but completely thrown that you have finished it already? Yup, that was how I felt!

Gorgeous cover, check. Exciting, intriguing plot. Check. What more do y
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Really easy and cute to read! A slightly predictable story, and I did find myself getting irritated by Sophie's mentality towards Billy's acting commitments, but still enjoyable. Not overly romantic or dramatic, just a simple slice-of-life!
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As usual, MAJOR spoilers ahead.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I couldn;t, tho. You know why? Because it was BORING!

Main character, Sophie, in theory was very relatable. I mean, if I got a dollar every time I dreamt about celebrity falling in love with me, I'd be so rich, that the psychiatrist I obviously need, could live with me full time in my huge mansion in Orange County.
How cool it would be if Matthew Daddario, stricken with our beauty, chatted us up in a bookstore? Or if Tom Hidd
Kath Elizabeth
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-books
This was an absolutely wonderful read. Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, I found myself actually laughing and crying along with the characters. And I very rarely actually cry at books.

The story is about Sophie, a quiet young woman who lives in a tiny village. There, she works at the local tea shop. She doesn't really have friends except her Mum and Molly (the lady who owns the shop) but all the local customers love her and she likes her little life. But tragedy in her past has always h
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"Billy and Me" was such a fun read! The author, Giovanna Fletcher, featured a young woman from a small village who falls for a movie star. He falls for her as well and the story is off! Sophie's character is very well rounded and her back story is well explained. The only part of the story that I didn't like was Sophie's behavior after she and Billy parted ways. I found her to be simpering and she seemed so overly dependent on Billy that
Clare Holman-Hobbs

I'm saddened that this didn't touch me more. I, too, am a young person dealing with the death of my father but this failed to capture me, considering how alike our stories are. I found the most interesting part of the narrative to be the beginning when Sophie met Billy in her village - considering that this is a massive romance cliche, for me it was the most interesting, and perhaps to others what would be considered the most interesting part of the plot (the move to London, Bi
Mar 09, 2013 marked it as to-read
Hehe... Is it wrong that I pre ordered this just because she's Tom Fletcher's wife?
Can't wait to read it.
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sophie May lives in her little village. Rather than travelling the world or setting off to university excitedly with friends, Sophie has instead stayed in the village of Rosefont Hill, living with her mum and spending her days working at the local teashop. The main reason for this is that Sophie May has a secret she’s been keeping. One day she meets the handsome Billy Buskin – an actor with high ambitions in his life, and as they fall in love, Sophie is pulled away from her village life and thru ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Billy and Me' follows Sophie and (surprise) Billy. Billy started his career as an actor in a teen-movie, but now wants to play more grown-up roles. So while preparing for filming a new version of 'pride & prejudice' in the small village where Sophie lives, he walks into the tea shop she works in. They begin talking and even pracitsing his lines together. Of course, they fall for each other, but it's not so easy for Sophie, what with her experiences in the past to suddenly be in the spotligh ...more
OMG G!! You are a genius!! I did NOT expect that one to be so good!! WOW. I picked it up because McFly (they're a band) are my all,my life,my reason of existing ,and stuff like that, for ten years now. And Giovanna has been a part of the family and i just love that girl so much!!! She's Tom's wife (Tom is from McFly). i'll spare you the gory details of my obsession with the Fletcher family and McFly, and i'll get on with my book review which is why you're reading this probably xD

'Billy and Me'
I have wanted to read this book for quite awhile, now having read it, I am quite disappointed.

Warning: this review contains a long feminist rant.

At first, Sophie May seems like an easily relatable character. She's around my age, she had a hard time growing up and has anxiety issues. She works in this cute little tea shop with Molly, an elderly lady who took her in when she needed a job and they grew to be best friends. This sounds like a nice story, and I honestly would have enjoyed this book a
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I will be honest, one of the main reasons I picked this up was because it was written by Tom from Mcfly's wife, bit of a daft reason for buying a book I know, but loads of girls (without offending any guys that have bought it!) will have picked it up for the same reason. I really liked the cover, it looked interesting and the usual for what I would normally choose when picking a book. This is Giovanna's first novel, so wasn't at all sure what to expect. Reading the blurb I was quite intrigued as ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
I enjoyed this book for what it was, a girly light read. I enjoyed it more as an audible than when I attempted to read it on my kindle I think this is because it flowed better and was easy for me to listen to whilst working than staring at a screen not really feeling it.
The blurb starts by saying "Sophie May has a secret" this is what drew me to the book I felt it might possibly be a little different to other Chick Lit but unfortunately the "secret" was a little disappointing for me to read. It
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
To be completely honest, my expectations weren't very high for this book. I adore Giovanna, but how often are debut novels really brilliant? I haven't come across many.

However, I really, really enjoyed this. I had absolutely no clue what it was about when I picked it up and I was really impressed with the story line. After a few chapters I was expecting it to be another cozy, tea drinking, cake eating, English countryside fantasy. Those can be great, but also quite flat and not exactly the ones
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
HFAJFLKDLFJEI84D2DE9I4!!!! Ahhhhh!!! so many feelings!!!
I really thought that from all the books in the world, this one won't make me cry, but it did.
It's a beautiful well written story.
To be honest, I could have seen what's going to happen most of the times, but I still enjoyed every bit of the book. I loved the characters and everything about them.
There were times I felt Sophie was being overreacting, though.

Anyway, if you look for a cute love story that will make you smile or cry (depends in
Lucy Ashton
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: first-reads
Beautifully written with an amazing story line. Read in less than 24 hours - couldn't put it down! Would class 'Billy and Me' as one of my favourite books of all time. Definitely one to read again and again, it's a must-buy!
Was so happy to win this as a first-read and was excited at the possibility of it arriving every day, make sure you've pre-ordered 'Billy and Me' to get it on 23rd May!
Well Done Gi!
Ali Bookworm
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely read! Warmed to Sophie May straight away and the whole idea of her meeting actor Billy Buskin and being swept off her feet and away from her safe little world. There were quite a few sad moments in it too but on the whole I really enjoyed it and can now reas the sequel Always with Love .
Caroline Victoria Murphy (CazzReadsYA)
Oh my god this sounds so amazing!! I can't wait to read what Giovanna (wife of one of the best musicians ever Tom Fletcher) has written.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't really have a lot to say about this book. I really hated main character, and Billy was unbelievably annoying with his stupid "throw his head back" laughter. My main problem with this book was that I genuinely don't see what Billy did wrong other than be a little too cozy with one of his co-stars. I don't know if it's because I am studying acting and I know what's involved so I can relate more to his perspective, but Sophie knew exactly what she was in for, and if she can't differentiate ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I became a huge fan of Giovanna Fletcher when I read You're the One That I Want and Dream a Little Dream, both books featuring characters that I still think about now. The release of Always with Love was the perfect time for me to finally pick up my copy of Billy and Me and meet this couple that lots of my fellow bloggers went crazy about when the book was first released before reading the sequel. It took me no time at all to get lost in the world that Giovanna had created and she is now an auth ...more
Don't judge me too harshly, but I have had Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher sitting on my TBR pile since it was released in 2013 (although that is not AT ALL the oldest book sitting on my TBR pile - THAT you can judge me on). It was just one of those books I never got around to, but after having a look at what books were hiding behind other books, I brought it out from it's hiding place and just NEEDED to read it. Helped by the fact the sequel Always With Love is out next month (wahoo!). Clearl ...more
Natalie TBGWP
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmm, so the hype up to the release of this book has been so major that I'm feeling a little deflated now I have read it. I'm actually in two minds whether I liked it or not. I mean I did, but I didn't!! Weird hey?!

As you're aware the plot follows shy, insecure, tea shop working, Sophie May falling in love and being swept off her feet by teen Heartthrob and actor Billy Buskin.

The book is very thorough, there's nothing missing and everything's clear. This allows you to just relax and let your imag
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Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruf

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