Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland (+ Giveaway!)

Thursday, 13 July 2017


So, fun fact about me. I have never once bought a YouTuber's book. Never. Not even Estée Lalonde's 'Bloom' (although it is on my to-buy list) has made it onto my book shelf. I think it's partly because they're aimed at younger girls - like Zoe Sugg's 'Girl Online' - and also partly because I'm envious of how easy these people can get book deals despite never before expressing an interest in writing and I, still, do not have a book deal. 

However, there was something about Wilde Like Me, a debut novel by Louise Pentland that called to me. Firstly, Louise made it very clear that this was not a kid's book, and was in fact for women her age and has adult themes (which I concur it does) and that she didn't want it to be known as a 'Youtuber Book', and to be honest, a lot of the reason why I did buy it was because it didn't have 'BY YOUTUBE STAR SPRINKLEOFGLITTER' splattered on the cover!  The first thing I noticed when reading Wilde Like Me was the sheer Louise-ness of it all. It's her voice. You can see it in the writing that Louise Pentland wrote this and so that really made my heart happy. 

The story-line is nice, with a few little twists and peaks to keep you interested. Nothing overly dramatic happens but it would be very out of place in this sweet story. There are a few instances where Robin Wilde goes a little, well, wild, but there are far more laughs than conflicts! It is very funny; Robin and her daughter, Lyla, get into all sorts of funny situations. One of the best in the book is where Lyla plays on Robin's "man game" on her phone and asks 'oh, is that a snake?'! 

I really liked all the characters in the Wilde Like Me - well, the ones you were supposed to like - although I felt like they lacked a little bit of depth. Also, some of the things that Lyla said were very profound for a 6 year old. Now, while these may have been based on what Darcy has said to Louise and I may be totally wrong, I just felt like they were a tad unrealistic, but maybe I've just been talking to the wrong 6 year olds. The women were certainly written better than the men and Robin was a really relatable, deep and interesting character. Her love interest for the majority of the book I felt was quite poorly written, and if you were supposed to fall for him like Robin did, then I definitely didn't. He felt awkward - almost Ken-doll like. His charming demeanor was almost creepy at times. 

All in all, Wilde Like Me was a nice and easy read. While it wasn't groundbreaking, it felt like a chat with a friend, and I really enjoyed the times I snuck away from Johnny to read this in the bedroom by myself. It was like a girly catch up. It was really hard to put down and I really enjoyed it. 

If you're a mum, you will most likely enjoy this. If you're not a mum but like chick-lits, you will very likely enjoy this. If you share Louise's sense of humour and find her videos very amusing, then you will definitely enjoy this. 

If you want to win a copy of Wilde Like Me, along with a MAC Lipstick and a £20 Coconut Lane voucher, then click here!
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16 comments

  1. I also haven't fallen down the rabbit hole of Youtuber books, I've heard people raving about Zoella's but I agree that it's probably for a younger audience! I like how you say that Louise has stayed true to her voice in this and that it feels like a chat with a friend! Perhaps I'll pick this up to read on my holiday! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey 🌸 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. It's definitely a holiday read! YouTuber books just don't really appeal to me, but this one was quite sweet! X

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  2. The only youtuber books I have bought have been Tanya Burrs! This and Estee's book are on my to-buy list. Seems like it will be an enjoyable read x

    Lily | www.covetluxe.co.uk

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    1. It was a very sweet and enjoyable story! X

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  3. I was iffing and umming over buying this recently but ended up putting it back because of the whole Youtuber/author thing, heard such mixed reviews on it! I think i'll end up giving it a chance eventually as the story line does sound cute! :)
    Alice Xx
    blacktulipbeauty.wordpress.com

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    1. As I say, not groundbreaking but very sweet and if you enjoy Louise's videos and sense of humour then I think you'd enjoy this! X

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  4. That sounds like a great book! I agree with you in the beginning though, I'd love a book deal as a write yet YouTubers who talk get one? But Louise is a great writer and you tuber!

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    1. Praying for both of us that one day our books hit the shelves 😏

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  5. I've never read a YouTuber book either! I really like the sound of this thought! It sounds like a great light hearted read and something to enjoy on a chill evening!
    I'll have to pick it up and give it a go, I like that it's geared at an older age group!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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    1. It's what I would call a 'holiday book' - something easy to take away while you're sipping piña coladas by a pool x

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  6. Great giveaway!

    xoxo Sienna
    http://www.fashionintheair.com/2017/07/time-to-relax.html

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  7. I've been looking at buying Louise's book, I do like the idea of not promoting that they are a YouTuber. Especially with all the prejudice against bloggers and youtubers.

    I love your review of it, and I'll definitely be taking part in your giveaway!

    saffronwatson.co.uk

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  8. I've never read a YouTube book but maybe I just might start ☺️

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  9. I haven't watched Louise's videos in a while but I do like her and her personality and way of talking, so I think I'd quite like this just for a casual, easy read. It sounds like this one would be a good one to take on holidays to read actually.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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