May 19, 2014

Book Review: The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson

The Idea of Him
"Look, I need to know a few things besides the obvious question of why you were back here with Wade: Who are you? Why did you help me with Delsie? What was it you were looking for? What is Wade doing with which men that is going to take away our savings, as you supposedly contend?" (ch. 7; from an uncorrected proof; final copy may differ)
I liked the basics of the plot - a wife becomes suspicious and jealous of a beautiful woman who seems to be interested in her husband, but the woman turns out to be an ally instead.In spite of the promising storyline, I was unable to be convinced by most of the characters and so the unusual plot began to seem contrived. The book has gotten some good responses, so I would suggest readers try it to make up their own minds!

Book Description:  "Holly Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of THE MANNY, 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." (publisher)

About the author:
Holly Peterson is the author of the New York Times and 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. Website:

Thanks to the publishers for a complimentary review copy/uncorrected proof for this book tour.


  1. Thanks for your review Harvee. I've been curious about this book. The title does suggest an interesting premise.

  2. The idea of an image of a relationship not being the same thing as a real relationship is interesting. You mentioned that this seemed a bit contrived. I can see how an author could start out with a usable theme but unfortunately try too hard to build a story around it.

  3. Thanks for taking part in the tour and sharing your thoughts on 'The Idea of Him'.

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book, Harvee! The author wrote a guest post for my blog. :)

  5. The Idea of Him sounds like a good one, I have seen it around.

  6. I read about half of the book and then gave up on it. The story just didn't draw me in to it.

  7. The premise is an interesting one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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