When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band, she does so reluctantly and at her ex-husband’s request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.
What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s disparate worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways. And for Solène, it is as much a reclaiming of self, as it is a rediscovery of happiness and love. When their romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her new status has impacted not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her.
Before I dive into a review, let me say that I get this type of book isn’t for everyone. But, hands down, it was for me. I read this in one sitting in April of 2018 and it’s still one of my top recommended books. I had reservations going into it, but after countless recommendations and glowing reviews from my book-friends on Facebook, I decided to give it a whirl. It was not what I was expecting at all; it was so much more. It was contemporary romance at its best.
Where are my N*Sync (or other 90’s boyband) fans at? The Idea of You is the fantasy all of us women dreamt about. Like every great book, the writing is the core of its beauty. The page were filled with an alluring intimacy that I just couldn’t get enough of. It completely broke my emotions open and left with me a painfully broken heart. Yet, I wouldn’t change a single thing. The words were so vivid I felt like I was living inside the story. This is one of those exceptional reads that stays with you long after you’ve finished.
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The provided summary for The Idea of You can be found here.
★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.