Friday, 9 June 2017

Book Review - Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield - Chances Fortnight

I took a chance on this as I had seen the publishers really pushing the title and often I have bad reactions to hyped books on twitter. 

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Title: Me, You and Tiramisu
Author: Charlotte Butterfield
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 23rd February 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

It all started with a table for two…

Life for self-confessed bookworm Jayne Brady couldn’t be better – she has a twin sister she adores, a cosy little flat above a deli and now she’s found love with her childhood crush, gorgeous chef Will.

But when Will becomes a Youtube sensation, thanks to his delicious cookery demos (both the food and his smile!), their life of contentment come crashing down around them. Can Jayne have her Tiramisu and eat it?

With a title like Me, You and Tiramisu I was expecting a book full of food and to feel incredibly hungry. To a certain extent there is a good deal of food writing in there, which captured my imagination tastebuds.  However as the heart of this fabulous, quick to read book, is a story that could almost be unbelievable, if it wasn't completely realistic. 

When Jayne becomes reunited with Will after many years, there is no way the could have imagined the directions their lives were going to turn in from that point on.  Will is a gorgeous chef, and owns a deli. In an attempt to gain more custom, he starts running cookery workshops, and when asked if he could put the lessons online so that people if they were on holiday wouldn't have to miss out, he agrees. 

Well it turns out that if you are incredibly good looking, plus can cook, being uploaded to Youtube could have unimaginable consequences and in the case shoots him massively into the public eye. 

Although the book is from Jayne's point of view, to me its as much about Will as her, for its his life that changes from extreme to extreme, and as his girlfriend, she has to go along for the ride....only he's been told to try to appear as though he may be single, thanks to advice of the publicist he hires. 

Jayne on the other hand is completely different, she is a teacher, and is a twin, and has always struggled with her self esteem. She is clearly in love with Will but as their lives spiral out of control, I had to wonder just where things would go. 

I really enjoyed both Jayne and Will's characters, as well as twin sister Rachel and best friend Abi. I loved the deli where Will was working and seeing just what overnight internet sensationalism can do to a relationship. 

The story takes place over decent time frame, as its clear there are jumps forward in time, every now and then, which means you were always getting the action packed highlights of their lives and there was never a dull day for them.   There are various bits that had me laughing out loud and generally I just loved this book. 

Me, You and Tiramisu is easy to read, written by an author I definitely want to read more from, and is a brilliant year around story. 

Thank you to Harper Impulse and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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