MUST-READ LOVE STORY: The Idea of You Review

Summary (from the publisher):

When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery 71o-F3HI63Lin 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.


My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I feel like The Idea of You is one of those under-the-radar books that although you don’t see it too often, once you come across someone who has read it, they have nothing but LOVE for it! I first heard about The Idea of You through Bad on Paper. I think in an episode in the beginning of quarantine, they had recommended it as a great binge-read to take your mind off real life for a while. The book was also one of their book club picks in 2019, and it always seems to be their go-to book hangover cure/’need something to read’ recommendation.

The best way to describe The Idea of You? Forty-year old mother, Solène, takes her teenage daughter to a boy band concert (alla One Direction), where during a meet and greet, she meets and then begins secretly dating the band’s twenty-year old heartthrob, Hayes. Robinne Lee confirmed in her interview with Bad on Paper that the book was definitely a bit inspired from One Direction, as well as other famous male singers like Ed Sheeran. I may have or may not have told one of my book-loving, One Direction, Harry Styles fan of a best friend to immediately pick The Idea of You up.


The Idea of You was such a refreshing and unique, aka scandalous, contemporary romance read! There was such a fantastic balance between Solène and Hayes’ relationship and all the drama that came with it. Basically, every central conflict is caused by the age difference between the pair and how that age difference, not to mention that Hayes is the most famous boy band member on the planet, affects a lot going on in Solène’s life. How can she possibly explain to her thirteen year old daughter that she’s in love with her favorite celebrity crush, not to mention one that is half her age?Read More »