Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Book Review - Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

Right this moment, I have just put down this book after having sat and properly read it for several hours, and I have no idea how to put into words how this book has made me feel. There's this feeling sitting in my heart right now of love, and coziness, and familiarity, and joy. As soon as I finished reading Louise's letter to the reader, I knew I had to sit and write out my review of this book while I still had all of these things swirling around in my mind and heart.

I had preordered this book, and excited awaited its arrival, and then I got swept up with life and with school so I didn't get a chance to sit and read it like I had planned. Now that I have read it, I'm kicking myself a little bit that I didn't carve out the time to read it sooner!

Originally I planned to read several books over the course of my winter break from school and post a long thing showcasing all of them together in the new year, but a book like this one deserves to have its own post, so I changed my plans.

I've been thinking back to one of Louise's weekly vlogs where she had a very honest, sit down conversation about how worried she was about people not liking this book. She was writing this beautiful, heart wrenchingly honest book that has hit me very deeply at this point in my life, so I can very honestly say that she had no reason to be worried about people not liking it back when she was recording that video, and she has no reason to be worried about it now that the book has been released and is being read all over the world.

To be completely honest, I was unsure as to whether or not I would like this book because I tend to stick to young adult fiction. When I started reading it, and Robin's character developed and I began to feel like I was reading about the goings on in the life of a dear friend, I was really happy to have branched out from young adult fiction. There were so many days when I was up late reading this book because I needed to know what Robin was going to do next and how she was going to handle the various predicaments she got into. There were also a lot of days where I wished I could hop into the book for a little while to try to help/support her, because the further I got into the book the more I felt like Robin was a friend whose life I really cared about.

At one point in the book (I'll do my best to keep this spoiler free, but you're kind of at your own risk for this part), Robin has a big falling out with a male suitor, and she told herself that his opinions didn't matter, but that she wondered if his opinions really did matter (that's as close to spoiler free as I can get).

I, completely and totally, stopped reading at that point and had an honest conversation with myself about that. Sat by myself, in my pjs, in my college apartment that honestly could be cleaner, I had a real and profound moment because of something that I read in this book. That doesn't really happen with young adult fiction.

In case you couldn't tell, I absolutely and completely LOVE this book. I love Robin, and Lyla, and Lacey, and Piper, and all of the other wonderful characters that feel like close friends to me now. I can't wait to see what Robin gets into next, so hopefully it won't be too long before the second book is released!

If you want to make new friends, have profound moments in the middle of the night, and learn about yourself through the characters, then I very highly recommend this book to you. You won't be disappointed.

I'll see you on Tuesday.

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