Monday, April 21, 2014

The Idea of Him

Description: Allie Crawford is a once aspiring screenwriter turned successful public relations executive, mother of two young children, and wife of a hotshot magazine editor whose power base spans the worlds of finance, fashion, culture, entertainment, and society. At 34, she finds herself at a crossroads: between the office and her home, her life has become an endless rotation of people pleasing-whether pulling rabbits out of hats for her mogul boss, entertaining advertisers and phony A-listers for her husband's magazine, or making elaborate costumes for children's school plays. At least, that is, until she meets a head turning, traffic stopping beauty at the bar of the famed Four Seasons Grill Room-where many of the novel's players regularly convene-and shortly thereafter finds the same woman and her husband in an apparently compromising position in her own apartment.

And so begins the story of two very different women bound by similar missions-to uncover the crimes and betrayals of various men in their lives and finally put their own interests front and center. For Allie this ultimately means leaving a husband who is ideal in theory but not in practice, and deciding to risk security for self-fulfillment and a new life on her own. Like so many women, Allie fell for the man she married when she was in her twenties only to realize years later that it wasn't him she fell for as much as it was the idea of him-the idea of a savior who would protect and provide and ferry her from her past into the future. But the guy who seemed so right at the time turned out to be nothing more than a fantasy.

The moral of this story is you don't need a man to do what you want and love and that I can get behind. 

Allie is in marriage on the brink from the beginning of this book and clearly has her heart stuck back with her first love, James.  Her husband is a cheat and even though she was destroyed the first time she finds out, it doesn't stop her from longing after her first love or after a guy in her screenwriting class.

Basically, she is in search of a man to fix her.. Or searching for,  her 'idea of him.'  And none of the men in her life currently are that guy.

Sadly, this book didn't really click for me and it took me like 3 weeks or so to read it because I just never felt a pull.  I think if she HAD gotten together with one of the guys or the drama that is the entire premise of the book was more believable or clicked more I could have fallen in, but it just was so so for me. 

I do, think it would make an interesting movie.

If you are into chick lit, check it out.

What's the last book you read that you thought you'd rather seen on screen than read?

I received this book from TLC Tours but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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