Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Publishing Date: 29th June 2017
Source: Received from the publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 400
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literature/Fiction (Adult)
Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …
Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back.
But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.
What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team.
After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life.
Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …
What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?
Before reading “Wilde Like Me” I didn’t know about Louise Pentland, and I had no idea she is a well – known youtuber, as it is totally not my thing. I was only incredibly intrigued by her book because I’ve heard tons of great things about it, and I loved the synopsis. It took me some time to find some spare time to eventually read it and even though the book turned out to be a little different to what I was expecting, I did enjoy it – I’ve finally got a very realistic, down – to – earth story about a single mum, with all the ups and downs that life brings. Honest and genuine – Robin might have come across as depressive, feeling down all the time but hell, this is life, this is the truth, and I could only admire her honesty and the way she tried to pick herself up and give her incredibly adoring daughter Lyla wonderful time.
I think the author has done a great job with the main character, Robin. She was not an easy person to like, me thinks – she was surrounded by wonderful people, incredible aunt and had a brilliant daughter, yet I had a feeling that the only thing that Robin wants is to have a man, that without a man she won’t feel fulfilled. There was also the issue of never – ending self – deprecating. But all of this somehow worked, she seemed realistic and incredibly honest and it just felt genuine. There was not beating around the bush with Robin, we got her just like she really was, there were no hidden masks, there was only her true face and this is why I think Robin worked for me. I also got The Emptiness – yes, it seemed as if she was having depression and more than a man she’s rather needed a therapy perhaps – maybe because I also got a period in my life when I felt exactly the same, so I could absolutely and fully relate to Robin and her feelings, and all I wanted was to cheer her on, not to tell her to pull her socks up.
The writing style was really not bad for a debut novel, though there were moments it felt a little rough and not too well rounded but I could really live with it and altogether it was fun and light – hearted and the poignant and heavier moments were very well balanced. It was not a book that is going to change my world but it was a light and entertaining read that more than once rang a bell or two. I liked that the story focused so much on the emotions and feelings of the main character and bitter – sweetly told things as they really are, with all the ups and downs of being a single mum. Roll on book 2!