The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

Thank you to Jen at Penguin books for the surprise book parcel including a proof copy of The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. Apologies for the late review – I read and reviewed the book back in July but the review hadn’t published.



To the media, Hayes Campbell is the enigmatic front-man of a record-breaking boyband.

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

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

Until a chance meeting throws them together . . .

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

But how long can it stay that way?

My thoughts:

Well this book made me feel very hot, in the middle of the heatwave that hit the UK in mid-July. This is the sort of book I would have treated myself to at the airport on the way to our annual summer holiday in pre-Covid days.

Solène is recently single with a teenage daughter. When she takes her daughter and her friends to a concert, her world is changed when she meets Hayes, as a spark ignites and a relationship begins.

This initially appeared to be an escapist read, as an older woman and a younger man began a relationship, a very physical relationship. Money didn’t appear to be an issue, as they spent time together in exotic locations.

However, there is a much darker story in the book, because as their relationship becomes public knowledge. Solène finds that the press and internet trolls start to damage her relationship with her friends, work and most importantly, her relationship with her daughter.

I know many people dream of being famous, to live in the A list celebrity world. Personally I can’t imagine anything worse, being followed around by the press and being trolled on the internet for anything you do or say. So many of our ‘celebrities’ have had issues with mental health because of this intense scrutiny and unkind comments.

A five star read for me, for the initial escapism from the real world and also for the multi layered story that I have talked to friends and family about. If you haven’t read The Idea of You yet, then I’m happy to recommend it.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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