Wilde Like Me | 3.5 star review
Series: Robin Wilde #1
Published by Bonnier Zaffre
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?
Wilde Like Me was a book I picked up because I regularly watch Louise Pentland’s vlogs and had heard so much about the books and the characters. Plus the fact that she actually wrote it herself intrigues me, especially with the majority of YouTubers using ghostwriters. I think one thing to note is that Louise is adamant that although the book draws on her experiences as a mother that the book isn’t based on her life. I would kind of have to disagree, and I may be completely wrong but I have been watching her for a really long time and I struggled to distinguish between the two personalities. I think the crossover is more than I expected and it was almost like reading a transcribed vlog. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing just something I wasn’t prepared for.
One of the reasons this book didn’t get a higher score was Robin herself, I admire what Louise tried to do with “The Everything” and how that interweaved throughout the book. However, I think it took over too much, it made it hard to see Robin as anything but a whinger. There were moments in this book that were really well written and they were ruined by Robin jumping all over them with her massively high expectations. I know that the idea of this book was to show a realistic view of being a single mother, but I think that gets lost with Robin’s inability to see what was around her, which sounds harsh because it put across as her having depression, but at no point does Robin do anything to help her situation. Sorry, I tell a lie, she tries to get a man. I may be completely off base with this but that was my viewpoint.
I think my favourite part of Wilde Like Me was the part where her ex can’t cope with having Lyla having a cough. It made me smile because I can relate to that, in all its entirety. I also think the way that Robin dealt with the situation was a perfect solution, and it was one moment where I completely warmed up to her. But these moments were few and far between and they usually ended with a self-pitying feel to them. It is because of these moments that I have rated the book 3.5 stars, they really lifted the book up from what it was into something better.
I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who was already aware of Louise, I think part of my problem with this book is that the two are extremely difficult to separate from each other. I would recommend it to someone who was looking for a warm fluffy read but not expecting a huge lot. I was disappointed with this book and it was one that I really wanted to love, but just couldn’t get past my issues. It almost reminds me of the Anna and the French Kiss, which is a series you should check out if you’re looking for warm and fuzzy – at least the first book.
Have you read Wilde Like Me? What did you think? Was it your cup of tea? Have I got this book completely wrong? Let me know in the comments!