Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Idea of You

Book: The Idea of You
Author: Robinne Lee

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.-Goodreads

Review: This is a hugely popular book on Goodreads but it didn't work for me. Solene is a 39 year old single mom to a 12-year daughter. Her daughter loves the boy band, August Moon and their 20-year old lead singer, Hayes. When Solene meets Hayes, they embark on a relationship. 

I will admit I was initially uncomfortable with the age difference between Solene and Hayes as she literally could have been his mother. I think it would have been a tad more realistic if he was at least 21 and legal drinking age. By the end of the book I was fine with it as he was portrayed as wise beyond his years due to his lifestyle. My main issue with this book was Solene herself-she was so pretentious about art and being French, I could not relate to her at all. She was a complete snob. 

Grade: 2/5

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