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The Idea of Him

2.85  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  84 reviews
A fabulous and compelling story from Holly Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny

Mary 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 her
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
The Idea of Him was a much different book then I thought I was getting. I thought I was getting a book about a husband who cheats on his wife and what happened after. Instead I got a convoluted story about investment fraud with not likable characters. In the end I'm still not completely sure what all of the players had their hands in and what was really going on. I felt like the book was trying to be a thriller/mystery, but it fell short for me.

This book ended up being just an OK read. I didn't
Sara Strand
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Right off the bat, I will tell you that as I was reading this book I wanted to smack Allie up the head. Not only is she completely clueless to what her husband, and those around her, are doing, but she's kind of a moron. After realizing her life is basically a mess: her son is having friend issues at school and she wants to make it better, she can't give enough attention to her daughter Lucy, her husband isn't living up to being the partner and lover she needs or wants, work is a hot mess, and s ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is a disaster. It is appalling that it even got published. I quite liked The Manny but it's like this was written by a completely different person. I'm pretty sure no one actually edited it- even for basic grammar and continuity. Then there's the complete lack of focus- what was it even about?? And the characters! Didn't like or even connect with one of them.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Very poorly written. This didn't have to be so bad either. Main character wasn't compelling. A few of the side characters could have been. The Manny was cute, for the genre that it is. This was not good.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Holly Peterson's newest novel, The Idea of Him, Allie is a PR whiz, toiling away for years for Murray Hillsinger and his clients, mostly people in the entertainment business who want a higher profile or who want people to forget their misdeeds. Her big project is the Fulton Film Festival, whose big investor is Max Rowland, a Texas garage magnet who just finished serving a prison sentence for fraud.

She is married to Wade, the editor of a Meter, a Vanity Fair-style magazine that profiles big st
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
4.5 stars
A new wave of chick lit is on the rise: it subverts the "happily ever after" formula and exposes the dark and conflicting sides of our most intimate relationships. THE IDEA OF HIM is a new interesting variation on the 'marriage thriller' theme. Read my review on MINA'S BOOKSHELF

A new wave of chick lit has been on a consistent rise in recent times: the new genre trend, launched in 2012 by publishing phenomenon Gone Girl, subverts the "happily eve
Tia Bach
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Allie Crawford has a great life on the surface; she has two amazing kids, a happy marriage, and a great job. But everything goes downhill quickly when she finds her husband, Wade, slipping into their laundry room with another woman. A cheating husband is bad enough, but there's much more for Allie to discover.

Someone close to the truth, and an unlikely ally, helps Allie uncover the secrets that have been bringing down her life without her even knowing. Will Allie find the answer
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title: The Idea of Him
Author: Holly Peterson
Publisher: William Morrow and Company
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 4

"The Idea of Him" by Holly Peterson was a good women's fiction read. Mary Crawford had a good life with two kids, happy marriage and wonderful job, but was this really true? No, it was not because she soon finds her husband in there laundry room with another woman and this was not the first time. Guess what...there will be more for Mary to discover. Will
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun "beach read" that I absolutely tore through and even stayed up late to read! I was hooked by Allie's search to find out the truth about not only her husband, but his previous mistress and also Aliie's own boss. The book is certainly not very serious but also doesn't take itself too seriously. With vacation season coming up, this would be a good one to keep in mind!
Michelle Taylor
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This would have been a much better read if I could have pushed past the fact that I HATED the main character Allie! She's a complete idiot! Here's a clue Allie ... grow up and stand on your own two feet. Stop letting men define your life.
Other than that the story was alright and it was a quick read (between me swearing at Allie ).
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't really know what I felt about this book, I can’t help being mad at Allie. I think I need to join a book club to discuss about this book – never thought I will see this kind of need.

I think the relationship/ friendship between Allie and Jackie was weird and I don’t think it exists in real life, but maybe I haven’t experience enough – that got me thinking how much the author has been through to get the feeling – Ms Holly must have done long and deep thinking to come out with this plot/sto
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't much enjoy this book, but it was different enough that I finished it. It didn't fit into any of the genre categories I'm familiar with, although it certainly isn't "literary" fiction. One reviewer referred to it as "chick lit," and I guess in a way it may be. At any rate, there is a mystery, but no murder. There is a life lesson the protagonist needs to learn, and she's mighty slow and stupid about it. And there's a definition of happily-ever-after (or at least, happily-for-the-nonce) t ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m not entirely sure why so many people didn’t like this book. I haven’t read The Manny, so I had no expectations that this book would be anything other than it was.

I liked the main character, Allie. I can understand where she’s coming from - she’s invested a lot in her marriage and wants it to succeed. Perhaps she’s been a bit too trusting, perhaps she’s picked the wrong guy for the wrong reasons, but she’s making the most of it. One day, everything starts to unravel. Maybe she doesn’t want to
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lynelle Clark

I received the book from the touring host for an honest review.

A fascinating book written from one protagonist view point, Allie Crawford. A young working mother with two small children that struggles with the infidelity of her husband, a tiring boss, a work load that left you breathless at times, and taking screenwriting classes to further her own writing career. Not to mention the issues of bullying at school as she tried to steer her son in the right direction and a little daughter that deman
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of Holly Peterson until this tour. The Idea of Him is a novel that will have you pulled right in from the start and wanting to know all about Allie, who works as a PR for a firm run by Murray Hillsinger. The project that she has that is bigger than all of that is the Fulton Film Festival, and there is a big investor that is involved with that one called, Max Rola.d Max has recently been released from prison for fraud. The plot is all over the place and ...more
Margie aka The Bumble Girl
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

I have to admit, I assumed that this book was going to be your typical chick-lit book: clueless girl fell in love with the wrong guy, breaks-up, picks up the pieces and proceeds to have a happily-ever-after. I was so very wrong - and that is a good thing. This book was not what I expected at all, within the first few pages I knew that it was not going to be easy to put it down, the writing is exquisite; I really, really enjoyed its fast paced storyline, the unexpected twists and turns, the reali
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

What can I say about this book…. Entrancing, yes….that is the word I would like to use. I was hooked from practically the beginning. The hard part about writing this review will be to NOT include too many spoilers, as I feel this is what added to the mystic and depth of this book. I promise to try, but no guarantees.

On the surface this book begins as a story about a woman who lost her father at a young age and the angst
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 dre ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
The Idea Of Him deals with a woman's marriage and how what she believed was to be a strong and monogamous relationship, was in fact a lie that her husband had her believing.

I understand the reasoning of our heroine marrying her husband Wade a magazine editor who is ten years her senior, reminding her of her beloved deceased Father in so many ways, she was in love with the idea of who he was, not him personally, and it's throughout this book that she finally comes to this realisation, instead of
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Idea of Him, author Holly Peterson weaves a fascinating tale that delves into the intricacies of relationships. The story is full of intrigue, mystery, and dark twists and turns that provides the reader with much food for thought about their own relationships.

The reader is easily drawn into Allie Crawford's life as she discovers the reality that maybe her relationship with her husband wasn't what she had thought it had been, that perhaps she has been in love with the idea of love rather t
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Allie Crawford has everything - a great job, a great husband, a great family. But all of that changes the day her husband drops a $5,000 casino chip on the bedroom floor. Allie might not have suspected anything had Wade not covered it up so quickly. Just a few weeks later Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a leggy blond and everything starts to go downhill. The woman, Jackie, claims there's something serious going on. Something that will ruin Allie and her family. Jackie wants he ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Allie Crawford would love to be a writer, but she instead works at a PR firm. She would love to have ended up with her soul-mate James, but she instead ended up with Wade Crawford, a successful magazine publisher. Life has not turned out quite as Allie expected, but she has two beautiful children and tries to make the most of it. As Allie begins to suspect that Wade may be a cheater and may have some deeper issues, she begins to reevaluate her life and decisions and what she would like for the f ...more
Amy Yingling
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, 3-stars
My Likes About This Book
The characters in this story don’t just live on the page or in a scene, they are well-formed, they have a back story to them. When characters are not well-formed they seem more like actors acting out a badly written play instead of as real as you can get to real people, luckily this book has all the well-formed characters and less of the actors acting badly, these characters are as real as someone you bump into at the supermarket.
Allie’s back story is incredibly sad but a
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just reading the book blurb for THE IDEA OF HIM tells you everything I would want to put into my review. It describes the book accurately and gives you a taste of what you’ll find between the covers. Yes, that is what the blurb is supposed to do. The book is full of intrigue and mystery and makes you think evaluate every relationship in your life. Are the friendships, relationships, for real or do you see past the “Idea of” whom the relationship is with. I will find the occasional book title or ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in a row I've read that deal with failing relationships. Whether its due to infidelity, abuse, neglect, or just the fact that couple isn't right for each other, all of four books had this major theme in common. I don't necessarily mind reading books that don't have a picture perfect, happy, romantic ending, but unfortunately for The Idea of Him, I think for now, I'm a bit over it.

In this book, Allie's husband is portrayed as the bad guy. He may be having an affair or he m
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. you can find the original review on Genuine Jenn.

I will be totally honest in this review. I didn't even look at the book synopsis as one of my reviewers was going to read this book but there was a bit of mix up and I took on this book. When I first started reading it I was thinking oh no another infidelity book (seems to be every where I look this year) and business/politic type people. I am soo not a political person. I wasn't to
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Allie's life took a very traumatic turn when she lost her father at age sixteen. So much might have been different otherwise.

So when she met charming and charismatic Wade a few years later, she turned away from the man she'd believed was her soul mate to marry him.

Now she is at a crossroads, with two young children, aspirations to become a screenwriter, and a frustrating public relations position that requires working with questionable characters.

At that very point, she is also studying Wade's a
Andrea Guy
The Idea Of Him was definitely not what I was expecting, and I mean that in a good way. Sure it was about a woman whose husband was less than faithful, but there was so much more to it than just a cheating spouse. There's intrigue, but not in a nail biting kind of way.

As I read this book, I found myself wishing it would be made into a movie. It has all the makings of a romantic comedy. I've already cast Jennifer Anniston as Allie, even though she's a bit too old for the part.

The plot is a bit fa
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
*Book received through the Amazon Vine program*

I had read Holly Peterson's first novel, "The Manny", when it first came out a few years ago and I really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reading her new novel but I found "The Idea of Him" to be kind of disappointing.

There aren't really any likable characters in the book. Even the main character, Allie, is not really that likable of a character. I had a hard time rooting for her because I didn't necessarily agree with some of her actions. W
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Holly Peterson is the author of It Happens in the Hamptons, a work of fast-paced social satire about a summer community. She wrote The Idea of Him and the New York Times bestseller The Manny and SMOKE AND FIRE: Recipes and Menus for Entertaining Outdoors. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek, an Editor-at-Large for Talk magazine and an Emmy Award–winning Producer for ABC News, where she spen ...more
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