I first want to point out that I adore Louise, I was (digitally) introduced to her via Zoella aka Zoe Sugg in 2013, and she did take a bit of getting used to, not in a bad way, she just seemed really cheery and bubbly and maybe a tad overly-happy, and while enjoyed her I wouldn’t have called her my favorite.
Then came her rebrand where she fully embraced adulthood and everything that comes with that content wise, and she is now my favorite youtuber. I love her honesty, her rawness, and her ability to tell a horrifying story to the entire world, all with a sense of humor, sass, and completely unapologetically! That my friends is why I adore her, and I’m sure you do/will as well.
When Louise first announced she was writing a book I was excited, I love all books, I love the way they feel, smell, look, and I love the places they can take you, without you having to leave your couch. However I was a tad skeptical on whether she would be able to pull off her first fiction, but I’m here to report that SHE DID IT!!!
The first 1-2 chapters of the book felt a tiny bit slow, and slightly over descriptive, (not Gorge RR Martin descriptive, I’m mean who could ever compete with that lol), but there were a few spots where I was like ok I get it, lets move on.
A little further into the book there was a few jumps that took me a minute to get my bearings, as we had moved in time and place without any real notice, i.e. the “last dinner” (if you read the book you’ll understand). Sometimes with authors and editors they know the story so well that they may not realize they have left out a scene change or a date change.
Those were my only negatives, which is saying something, because I’m a serious book nerd, and love reading more than anything. I’m also a serious book snob and take it quite personally when I feel I’ve wasted my time reading a book that I didn’t like, or felt was rushed, or needed a different ending.
This book however I loved! Once you make it through the 2nd chapter the book seriously picks up, you completely fall in love with Robin and Lyla and really are rooting for them. You also can’t help but hate Valerie, I mean she was honestly created for that specific reason, and I kinda loved it haha. Also can I please sign up for an Auntie Kath, I would seriously love having her in my life! What I loved most of all, without giving away the ending, was Robin found her hero, she just didn’t realize how close to home that hero would be.
The humor in this book is literally all Louise, you can almost hear her saying some these lines, in fact there was a line that as soon as I read it I had an instant flashback to watching one of her vlogs where she had said that exact same phrase. When I read a book I feel like I can always tell if the author has “found their voice” and Louise most definitely did, it was clear, and in some moments hilarious, and in others absolutely tearjerking.
This book is geared more towards an older audience, which I loved, I didn’t want another Twilight, (I read all the books, saw the movies, and loved every moment with those characters), I wanted a story that was more adult, was a little more crass, and maybe just maybe had a little sex. This book provided me with all of that, without becoming the usual grocery store romance novel.
On a more personal note, for me this book was a bit of an eyeopener, as most of you know my mom became a single mom of 6 children within a matter or moments when I was 11 years old. She went from having it all, the husband, the kids, the house, and being able to stay home and raise us, to suddenly having to find a job, try and get all of us off to school, and pay the bills. I actually remember some of the moments of sadness that Robin was so worried would scar Lyla, and while I did come out perfectly unscarred (have no fear Robin) reading this book made me look at my childhood in a totally different perspective. It almost made me feel a bit guilty that my mom had to go though that, and it made me feel sad that my mom didn’t have the amazing team that Robin had, even though at times Robin didn’t even realize she had a team. I know not everyone will feel this type of connection to this book, but I just want to say if you have a single mom/dad, or you know a single mom/dad give them a hug and tell them they are doing a great job, because I’m sure they could really use it.
The last thing about this book, that I highly doubt Louise had any control over but it still drove me crazy, was the distribution. I love that so many YouTubers and Bloggers are writing books, I honestly would love more of them, however it seriously bothers me that the publishers fail to realize that a British YouTuber such as Louise, would have a worldwide audience, and as such we would all like to buy her book. I and preordered her book via Amazon (USA) and it said the release date was June 29th. Then on June 28th I received an email saying the date had to changed to “unknown date”. I did however purchase this book through iTunes, so I am happy I was able to find it there but I still wanted to share my little rant, as this is not the first book I’ve had a problem with this on.
If any of you are considering buying this book I highly recommend it, I would say it’s worth it just for the laughs, but also the story and the telling of the story are simply: Perfect!
I would love to start a conversation about this book, so if you’ve read it please leave your thoughts below.