Hey guys, long time no book review Sunday.
Today I’m reviewing a different genre, a chick flick (is that what you call them in the book world or is that just films?). I’m normally a fan of suspense/ thriller books, but I’ve watched Louise for a few years on YouTube, so I thought I’d give her debut book a go. I picked mine up on kindle through Amazon here. If you saw my Instagram, you’ll know I was trying to save this book for a really long shift, and I actually managed it, which is quite an achievement for me as I’m a book addict. Dan always says I’m trying to “read the world”
“Robin Wilde is an awesome single mum. She’s great at her job. Her best friend Lacey and bonkers Auntie Kath love her and little Lyla Blue to the moon and back. From the outside, everything looks just fine. But behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things sometimes feel . . . grey. And lonely. After 4 years (and 2 months and 24 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life! A little courage, creativity and help from the wonderful women around her go a long way. And Robin is about to embark on quite an adventure . . .” (blurb taken from Amazon)
So first off, I know there’s a thing about YouTuber books, especially since the Zoella ghostwriter scandal, but straight off you can tell that this book has been written by Louise. If you watch her videos you’ll recognise certain phrases she uses, one of my personal favourite being “I look like an egg”.
Wilde Like Me basically follows Robin’s journey in trying to change her life and be a good mum to her daughter. I actually quite like the character of Robin, she’s funny, clumsy and relatable. One of the things that stands out for me in the book, is Robins feeling of not being good enough and the “darkness” that follows her around. I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives, feeling that we’re not achieving as much as everybody else, we’re failing or that somebody else has the perfect life. I certainly have, and for me that made the character really relatable. She’s not perfect and struggles like everyone else, even though on the outside it might seem like she has everything . Another one of the key themes in this, is Robins desire to be in a relationship, and how that affects her life.
There’s no big twist in this story, but I think it does have a very important message behind it (which I can’t really say because I’ll spoil the ending). It did keep me turning the pages though, I got really into it. It was a really humorous read and I was pleasantly surprised with it to be honest. I was expecting it to be more of a teen read, but it’s definitely aimed at adult women.
If you like easy “beach” reads I think you’ll enjoy this. It’s not normally my type of book, but I did really enjoy it, and I’m quite looking forward to reading the second book.
Have you read this? Let me know what you think?