Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 06/13/2017
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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.
Warning: Review contains major spoilers…
I just finished The Idea of You by Robinne Lee and I’m feeling so many things. The strongest of which is fury. Followed closely by betrayal, hurt, loss, and a deep, overwhelming sadness. Yes, I’m being overdramatic. I know it’s just a book. But it’s been a long time since I’ve felt betrayed by an author.View Spoiler »I started getting this feeling of dread that she was going to leave me hanging the closer I got to the end of the book. There were less and less pages in which she could properly tie up all the loose ends, and I feared for the worst. I was right. And there’s no sequel! What even is that?
There is so much left to unpack, so much uncertainty and pain. I don’t need my books tied up in a perfect little bow at the end, but there has to be some sort of conclusion! Something where the characters head off into the sunset, even in the short term, whether that’s together or apart. Soléne deserves some kind of happy ending, especially after the craziness that is her life. What happens to her daughter? Hayes? Soléne’s career? The case? Her ex-husband?
I’m just disappointed. For a book that was sort of championing women’s happiness at any age, I just feel like Soléne got the shit end of the stick. And I’m not even saying she needs a man to be happy. But could we not have seen her happy? Could we not have some sort of conclusion? They don’t even have to live happily ever after. I’d have been perfectly fine with a “Happy For Now” vs. a “Happily Ever After”. Some stories are more about the journey than the destination. But what the hell even was the destination?
I’m not usually one to spoil a book, and I really hope that you didn’t read any part of this review without knowing full well it contained spoilers, and that was your intention. But how can I even talk about this book without addressing what I feel most strongly about it?
I really hope that Robinne Lee decides to write a sequel. But even if she does, I’m so frustrated that she originally intended to leave it as a standalone and only write a sequel if readers demanded it. Do the characters not demand it? Does their story not demand to be told? « Hide Spoiler
The Idea of You is an absolutely wonderfully well-written book. But just know that going in, you’re likely to have your heart ripped apart. Read at your own risk.