Book Review: When Fraser Met Billy*

image– Louise Booth

Billy the cat was rescued from an abandoned house. Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser, and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely, Billy has transformed Fraser’s life. Fraser’s mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums, and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. In their home on the Balmoral Estate, Billy acts as Fraser’s guardian—never leaving his side at mealtimes and bedtimes or whenever he’s feeling low. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family’s, and has brought them lots of hilarious and touching moments along the way.

My thoughts:
This book was such a heart warming read, I was just smiling all the way through it. We meet Louise and her family as they struggle to make family life ‘easier’. Looking after Fraser as a young Autistic child wasn’t easy, and we see the struggles that the family face in every day life. The book gives you a really good understanding of how different the needs of an autistic child can be, and I thought it was great to read.

Louise thinks about adopting a cat, and believes it would really help Fraser: when Billy arrives, the difference is astounding. The family see changes in Fraser that they didn’t think would ever happen, and for me, as a cat person, I just loved reading about their friendship. Such a cute story about two lovely characters coming together and really helping each other. I mean, of course it wasn’t all fluffy and happy, but that’s life, right? When Fraser Met Billy is a wonderful book about family, life and great friendships. It was written well, and I felt like I was part of Louise’s family when reading. I was sad when they went through tough times and I had tears of happiness when things were working out, and when Fraser had new achievements in his everyday life. I just really loved this book.

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*Thanks to Bookbridgr for the review copy!