29 April 2024

Review: 'The Idea of You' by Robinne Lee -- the book


Yes, another book and movie combination. And yes, another one with actor Nicholas Galitzine starring. I found out there was a book and I glommed onto that sucker like no one's business. I figured if it was as good as Red White & Royal Blue, the movie had a lot going for it. And I suppose we'll see - it opens this weekend on Amazon Prime Video. But for now... The book.

We all find someone talented, in the public eye, who is fetching to look at and everything we could ever want in a love. We fantasize about our perceived romance, dream of life with someone that talented, that charismatic. That beautiful to behold. Wanting to hold on to that one moment of artistic expression filled with vulnerability and sensitivity. Life lived within the bubble of perfection. Spending forever wrapped within each others arms. And in most contemporary romances, everything always works out. And then came The Idea Of You.

This book is brilliantly written. The kind of story that sucks you in and makes you want to keep reading long past the point where you had to go to work. Or go to bed for the night. Or have dinner. Or mend your dress, darn your socks, or some other errand that required your attention. There's always some excuse to keep reading. Just one more chapter. One more page. Just one more! This book is that book. Well written and packed with plot and amazing characters. I fell in love with all of them, especially Hayes and Solene. I was caught up, I was enraptured. The two of them together were amazing.

Ms. Lee captures the exhilarating feel of romance while dealing with the uglier side of fame and fortune. And how things might not always work out as we want them to. The pain and the torture. The brilliant highs and the debilitating lows. All of this makes for a wonderful story, well told, and one I could re-read without a qualm. But if I were you, I'd have at least one box of kleenex to hand. Because the road to bliss is filled with the potholes of how our joy is someone else's hurt.

Now. Bring on the movie. 

Five out of five stars for The Idea of You

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition (June 13, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250125901
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250125903

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