I have striven to keep spoilers to a minimum!
'Billy and Me' is set in an idyllic little village near Kent. Sophie May,a reserved woman, is working in a tea shop: owned by the kindly Molly. With a traumatic past, Sophie struggles with anxiety so chooses to stay close to her home and mother. Her whole life is turned around when she meets Billy, a seemingly ordinary customer, who has an extremely extraordinary life.
In my opinion, Sophie is a very likeable character. She has flaws and feelings, like any real person, but has just enough charm to make her relate able and a wonderful narrator. For me, Billy was just a little too perfect and I found his habit of calling Sophie 'Baby' very irritating! I hate it when men call women baby!
One of my favourite things about the story was how it covered some difficult topics beautifully. There was nothing pretentious (ahem, John Green) about the way mental illness or death was covered; it was done with such sensitivity that it was truly believable. Although I managed to hold it together, you may cry!
My final point, maybe the most important, is that Sophie is not a 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl'! This is a term, used to describe (and I quote) “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” I am currently reading 'All the Bright Places'. I will feed back to you on Violets progress!
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