Robin Wilde is an awesome single mum. She’s great at her job. Her best friend Lacey and her bonkers Auntie Kath love her and her little Lyla to the moon and back. From the outside, everything looks fine. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies everyday, things sometimes feel…grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school-mum crew. Online dating is despair-inducing, and how can she give her little girl the very best when, honestly, some days it’s hard to find a clean pair of knickers? After 4 years (and 2 months and 24 days) of single-mum-don, Robin realises it’s time to get out there and Change. Her. Life. A little courage and creativity go a long way and exciting new opportunities are soon on the horizon – maybe a man, maybe a chance of a lifetime…
This book has a fair handful of things that could be problematic/triggering. These can be spoilers so skip the rest of this paragraph if trigger warnings aren’t necessary for you. There is talk of a woman being unable to conceive a baby. There is a sudden loss of a family member due to terminal illness. There’s some small, but not heavily detailed, mentions on domestic abuse. There’s actual verbal abuse that’s quite dark towards the end of the book. Depression/depressive feelings are also a strong topic throughout the first half of the book especially. Those are the main things I can pin point. I think it’s important to mention as it does seem like a really light-hearted book, and it is for the most part, but does have some quite dark things scattered throughout.
The plot wasn’t really incredibly fast-paced compared to the type of books I’m used to reading and I really enjoyed the relaxed feel of it. It was heavily character driven, I feel. The plot felt like it was going one direction and I really felt like I knew exactly where things were heading but then it took a turn and went into a completely different direction. The plot in itself is a simple one, but I quite enjoy that especially after the books I normally read which can be quite heavy and I usually rely on comic books to help ease my brain but still satisfy my reading needs. It was a comfort.
I really liked the characters. I don’t think there was enough substance to them to be able to clearly tell them apart, however, but this isn’t something I come across very often in books anyway. I like Robin, I love her confidence and how she tries to own who she is and the relationship between her and Lyla. I feel like this mirrors how Louise is from her videos with her own daughter, Darcy. It’s really cute and lovely. Robin could be a bit selfish at times, and the world seemed to revolve around her, but when the book is all coming from her perspective I guess it could easily be seen that way. I like how she gained the ability to sass strangers more as the book went on.
It actually surprised me because I was expecting it to be a little blunt and to not flow very well. This is, after all, a debut novel and it’s not often I read a debut novel that has a writing style I really like. That usually happens by their 2nd or 3rd book. However, it did actually work really well. It was like talking to a friend. Or, to be more accurate, a friend talking to me. It was really cosy and welcoming.
It was a really comforting and easy book to read. I really liked the characters. It was a nice break from what I usually read. It was really, really honest about life and how people can cope with it. It made me laugh out loud several times (well, giggle) and it’s not often a book can make me do that. There’s never really much of a lead up to it either, it’s just sort of thrown in there and it somehow makes it funnier. I gave this a four out of five stars. I’d recommend it for people who just want something light-hearted. I’m not even in my thirties and I’m not a parent but I think you’d like this book even more if you are!
Until next time,