Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

As a long time viewer of Ms. Pentland's YouTube channel, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review her debut novel, Wilde Like Me.

Immediately the reader is pulled into this world of Robin Wilde.  She's a quirky, single mum to a nearly perfect daughter.  She is close to her friends and family.  However, her personality is hard to like.  She often gets angry too quickly, and especially at the people who care most for her (aunt).  I found the character to be too dramatic; too easily back in love with Theo after months of separation, with hardly a mention of him.  Sadly, I saw no real growth in this character; no epiphanies, no wake up calls.

Perhaps it was Ms. Pentland's intention to base the events in this book after her real life.  There are certainly many parallels.  Robin's life is very like Louise's.  She's single mum to a darling little girl. Robin's love interest is very like  Louise's real-life, one-time love interest Drew Baldwin.  The other mums that Robin struggles to fit in with are similar to the real life mums that Louise found difficult to relate to.

I think there is a very real possibility that if I didn't know so much about Ms. Pentland's real life, I may have enjoyed this book much more.  It was certainly well written. 

I do look forward to reading the follow up to this book, Wilde About The Girl on bookshelves next month.

On the whole, Wilde Like Me receives 3 out of 5 stars.


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