The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – Book Review

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – Book Review

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

The Idea of You

Author – Robinne Lee
Publisher – Penguin
Pages – 448
Released – 8th July 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1405950367
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS HAYES CAMPBELL.

To the media, he’s the enigmatic front-man of a record-breaking boyband.

To his fans, he’s the boy of their dreams.

To his label, he’s gold-dust.

And to Solène Marchand, he’s the pretty face that’s plastered over her teenage daughter’s bedroom wall.

Until a chance meeting throws Hayes and Solène together . . .

The attraction is instant. The chemistry is electric. The affair is Solène’s secret.

But can it really stay that way forever?

Review by Stacey

When single parent, thirty-nine-year-old Solène Marchand accompanies her young daughter and a few friends to see their favourite pop group, August Moon, in Las Vegas, including a meet and greet with the band, the last thing she expected was to catch the eye of one of the members, nineteen years her junior and for a secret love affair to begin.

At first, the young and dashing English Hayes Campbell just wants to take Solène out for lunch, but it isn’t long before the pair are meeting up in secret across the world. Hiding their ‘meetings’ from friends and family the only people who know about them are Haye’s bandmates, their girlfriends, and staff.

But as time goes on is this just a simple fling, two people hooking up, or have they crossed the boundary, and can they keep their love affair secret when Haye’s is in one of the biggest bands in the world, adored by millions and has journalists and fans following his every move?

I wasn’t sure going into this book whether it would be for me or not, but I picked it up at 5 am one morning when I couldn’t sleep and before I knew it I was a hundred pages in and loving it. In the beginning I thought, like Solène did that the age gap, her being old enough to be Haye’s mother he was just playing the field and had scored himself an older woman. However, the two really worked together and fitted well.

About halfway through the book, I did start to wonder if the whole story was just going to be about the pair hooking up in different locations, them enjoying each other’s company in different hotels, beach houses, etc and my interest started to drop as I wanted more. I began to tire of the same old, same old, but then the book took a different direction, and boom I was back intrigued again.

The plot is sexy and full-on. The pace ebbed and flowed, at times it felt so slow, then other times it felt like it was going at warp speed. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the ending. I have mixed feelings about it too, as it felt a little short but then I didn’t see any other way for the book to end.

The Idea of You is going to cause a big stir this year. I can see some people finding their new book boyfriend in Haye’s Campbell or his bandmates. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see this being adapted for the big screen in the future as it has the kind of plot you can perfectly visualise and characters that are in a situation I doubt happens often but were completely realistic within it.

*When I wrote this review I didn’t realise the book had been commissioned for adaptation already.

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Author Info

Robinne Lee The Idea of you

A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. As the daughter of Jamaican parents of African, Chinese, and British descent, Robinne has long had an affinity for travel and the arts. Her past endeavors include working as an Editorial Assistant for ELLE Magazine, both in New York and Paris, writing celebrity profiles for the now defunct youth culture magazine, TELL, and running a music management company.

Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, has served as a producer on various independent films and regularly speaks on panels and writes for trade magazines regarding the roles of women and actors of color in the industry. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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10 Responses

  1. Robin Loves Reading says:

    This book sounds good. And we kind of have the same name, LOL mine is Robin Leigh.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds delish. What a pleasant surprise, I love when that happens

  3. Looks like this is another book I’ll have to pick up before it’s turned into a show/movie 🙂 Great review!

    • Thanks Megan. I think you would really love this book. I found it amusing that I could see it being made into a movie then to discover that it was already in the works.

  4. vidya says:

    definitely sounds interesting.. the author and book both are new to me so will be sure to check this out

  5. The Idea of You is SO up my alley!!