I featured Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland (formally Sprinkle of Glitter on YouTube) in my Summer book haul and recently finished it so I wanted to do a little book review for you guys!
Here’s the blurb that appears on the book itself:
“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 …”
Since the blurb summarizes the story pretty well, I won’t go into it that much more because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who wants to read it. But I am gonna give you my thoughts overall and on the characters!
I really liked Robin as a character, I really felt a lot of Louise’s humour and personality come through as I read it. I really like self-depreciating humour, so Robin’s narrative voice was right up my street. I found her very relatable too, her character goes through a lot of experiences that I have been working through; comparison of other women/other people’s accomplishments, low self-esteem, loneliness. I liked hearing the character’s thoughts/feelings on things I had been going on too, it was quite empowering. Also because Robin works as a makeup artist, I liked the mention of brands, products, techniques that I was familiar with, which made me connect with her character and the book a lot more. I liked that I connected with the other characters in the book too because of the way that Louise described them and Robin’s engagement with them in the book itself. I really felt like I was part of Robin’s world.
I think this is a really light-hearted,fun read, whilst still being relatable and sheds light on some important topics. I would say its the perfect for the summer time or for a holiday. I read it really quickly and kept feeling compelled to read on. I was really rooting for Robin in all the different areas of life she was conquering. It was really funny throughout and a great chic lit read. It was also very female driven, despite Robin’s focus on finding a man, which I liked. All the different females in Robin’s life all bringing something important and supportive in different areas of her life which make her a better person and it was fab to see how much influence these women had on her. I already can’t wait for book 2 to come out so I can find out what happens next!
Overall I really liked this book, it was a fun, quick read. I definitely recommend it! What have you read this summer? 🙂