As someone who is a tad addicted to YouTube, I was incredibly excited to hear the newly pregnant Louise Pentland (aka Sprinkle of Glitter) was releasing her debut novel, Wilde Like Me.
The main character is the instantly loveable girl next door Robin Wilde. She swears, she forgets to pack the right PE socks and is ridiculously likeable. Robin has been a single mother (for four years, two months and twenty four days) to her baby girl Lyla who is 6. The book is written from Robin’s perspective and documents the trials and tribulations of being a single parent.
She faces what all us parents with kids of school age have to deal with – PSMs, also known as the Posh School Mums. We have all bveen there on the playground with the certain little groups, feeling yourself like you are back at school learning the hierarchy. I just loved how accurate it all really is and how deep down, we all want to fit in.
My favourite part oft he book was by far how Pentland hit the nail on the head describing “The Emptiness” As a former single parent, I could not have captured it better. The loneliness being on your own brings despite having a gorgeous little human in your life. It is hard not to be swamped and feel smothered by the emptiness as it affects all aspects of your life.
By the end of the book, you simply want Robin to be your best friend and get a big booby cuddle from the incredible Aunty Kath. I haven’t sat and read a book properly for ages as usually get bored halfway thgrough, never to pick it up again but Wilde Like Me is a real page turner as you are desperate to see Robin succeed. The book is filled with girl power and gives off a complete kick ass aurora.
I can only keep my fingers and toes crossed that there is a follow up to this simply marvellous debut novel by the amazing Louise Pentland, as I really have taken Robin, Lyla and co into my heart. Wilde Like Me is available to buy now from most bookstores and also online on Amazon.
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