It’s been a while since I’ve read something that hasn’t featured magical creatures, alternate universes or tales so crazy that they must have been dreamed up. However, this book was just as magical, in a homey, real-life, relatable kind of way. With this being Louise Pentland’s first fiction book I was immediately intrigued not just by the author (She is one of my favourite Youtubers after all) but by the cover artwork and the little blurb available to read. Was I only buying it because of my love of Louise? No. The story sounded so enlightening and so lovable that I knew even without the name on the front that my hand still would have reached for this book.
I had avoided most of the spoilers and social media ramblings of fans finishing this within hours or a couple of days, stealing myself away till I could sit in peace and focus all of my attention on the words and the very life-like story. Is it hard not to imagine Louise as Robin and Darcy as Lyla? I’ll have to admit yes it was! It is so easy to just pick an image of someone you know and have watched and immediately assign them to a character someone you can imagine in your mind whilst your reading through each chapter, each scene.
The book was a wonderful read (I ended up finishing in within a day when I was sick and just wanted a little comfort) I couldn’t put it down and when I did it was seconds before I had to pick it up to continue. It’s not all happy go lucky, even though I laughed quite a bit, and envied the characters and their imaginary lives, careers and shenanigans, I also found myself relating to a lot of the feelings the main character Robin was experiencing. The Emptiness and the way it was constantly kept relevant throughout the story made this a more hard-hitting book than what I thought it was going to be, and you know what… it kept this book real. It’s hard to stay happy all the time, life constantly throws crap at you and you have to get up and keep going, trying not to succumb to this empty feeling, like you are failing, that you can’t possibly do anything right.
I think that’s what I liked about this book the most, it was real, it was relatable, this stuff happens to everyone at some point, and there are people currently in that situation. It didn’t walk on eggshells and it showed both the highs and lows of single motherhood, dating, and of family relationships. The words flowed so easily and the chapters were a great length. I would highly recommend this book to any yummy mummy or young woman who wants a feel-good book, that will make you laugh, cry, leave your mouth agape, and generally fall in love with reading.
I have grown so attached the characters, and I cannot wait for the second instalment, to see Lyla grow up, to hug Lacey and Kath and to watch the wonderful Robin Wilde jump headfirst into life and take it by the reins.
You can pick up this book in most book stores (WH Smith, Waterstones, Eason’s) as well as in some of the large supermarkets! I was able to pick mine up in Asda for £7! That is an absolute bargain for this absolutely stunning book.
It is currently £4.99 on Amazon!
Have you read Wilde Like Me? I would love to hear what you thought!