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.
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