Welcome to the blog tour for The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson!
In the fabulous and intrigue-packed new novel from Holly Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of THE MANNY, THE IDEA OF HIM explores the dangers of falling for the idea of a person, and why facing reality is more liberating than we ever dreamed it could be. For anyone who’s let the fear of being alone keep them from seeing who someone really is, THE IDEA OF HIM is an inspiring, action-packed story of what happens when we embrace our own power and allow the truth to finally set us free.
Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she’s number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he’s running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.
But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she’s fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.
Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.
Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Timesand international best seller, The Manny. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek and editor-at-large for Tina Brown’s Talk magazine. She was also an Emmy Award–winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she covered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications.
Allie is living a life most people only dream of. She has an important job at a high profile PR firm in New York City, is mother to two sweet children, and is married to a big-name magazine editor. Things begin to crumble around her though as she catches her husband sneaking off during a party and finds him in the laundry room with a young, beautiful blonde. The more questions Allie asks about her life, the more she discovers that maybe what she thought she wanted isn't really what she truly dreamed of. Allie must work to discover how to make her life truly her own and not just a reflection of what she thinks a good life should be.
I was kind of split on this book. I found the story to be super interesting. Allie is around my age and in a similar position (married with kids), but she is really discovering that maybe what she hasn't isn't actually what she wants to have. This was truly a story about self-discovery and independence. In the end that was one of the things that also bothered me about Allie. I wanted her so much to just make a hard decision and then stick to it. I felt for what she was going through, but even if she had made a choice that was "bad" in her mind, I'm not sure as a reader anyone would have blamed her. She still would have had my sympathy. This was kind of the point of the whole book, but it did grate on me a bit.
Other characters were delightful (and sometimes delightfully wicked). Tommy and his unorthodox screenwriting methods were very entertaining. My favorite person was probably the mysterious Jackie. As we slowly discovered who she was and what her place was in the story, I grew to respect her more and more. Sure, she had made some poor choices too, but she truly owned them for better or worse. That's someone I'd love to get to know. Overall, I did feel very drawn into the book from the start, and I did feel compelled to read it even if I didn't like Allie as much as I probably should have. I would recommend this book. It is not afraid to make Allie ask herself some really hard questions, and the answers definitely make one think about their own lives and circumstances. This was a very good read!
Book provided for review.
I'm very lucky to have a paperback copy of this book to give away! Unfortunately this is only open to residents of the US and Canada due to postage costs. Good luck to everyone who enters!