Lee, Robinne. The Idea of You. St. Martin’s / Griffin, 2017. ISBN 978-1250125903 384 pp. $17.99
I am obsessed with this juicy novel (possibly based on Harry Styles of One Direction fame) and I can’t put my finger on why. I’ve re-read it more times than I care to admit. Boy band hottie comes on to art gallery owner twice his age after her ex wins tickets that include a meet and greet with the band. Sparks fly and a torrid long-distance love affair ensues.
I am not an art aficionado, a fashionista, or a listener of boy bands, and yet… Hayes’ maturity, Solange’s worldliness, their unlikely relationship … are all very compelling. I broadened my knowledge of mid-century furniture, music, and art, and armchair traveled to exotic locations. And the details of the relationship were frankly, hot.
I think the appeal is the idea that a “woman of a certain age”–which, let’s face it, I am–is the seductiveness of this novel. Solange is confident and still has her insecurities, and Hayes is sexy, charming, and oh-so-appreciative of absolutely everything about her.
Five stars for a realistic portrayal of the rock star life, rabid fans who think they own their idols, and the challenges and benefits of a May-December romance.