The Idea of Him: A Novel

The Idea of Him: A Novel

by Holly Peterson


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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny—a vibrant novel of love, life lessons, and learning to trust yourself

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062283108
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 633,311
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Holly Peterson is the author the May 2017 social satire fiction release, It Happens in the Hamptons. In 2016, she curated an outdoor cooking book, Assouline's Smoke and Fire: Recipes and Menus for Outdoor Entertaining. In 2014, she published The Idea of Him and of the New York Times bestseller The Manny in 2007.  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 spent more than a decade covering everthing from trials of the century to global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Town and Country, The Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle Decor, Departures and numerous other publications.

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The Idea of Him 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Terrible. While I managed to finish this, it was mostly skimming; what a disappointment. Any careful reader is going to pick up on what is wrong with Allie's husband--or at least have a very good idea--and many readers will probably have the same reaction as I did to the character of Allie: you will want to shake her and scream. This is the story of a mid-30's woman with whining, spoiled children, a NYC lifestyle where the biggest worries are keeping it, and the emotional maturity of a 15 year old. She is a woman who MUST have a man, at all costs, a woman who cannot fathom how to deal with anything without a man to fall back on yet we are to believe she is this high powered media agent. The only interesting character is the alleged 'other woman' but by the end, she is not very bright either. Oh, and the ending is wrapped up so neatly it will make a reader's spin--but if anyone is expecting this main character will really learn valuable lessons about self esteem, character, and independence. Some readers may think so, not me. What a waste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real. The others not so much. Story line was a stretch. I had trouble sympathizing with the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started out so well but turned just ridiculous. Very unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a disappointment.  Once I start a book, I always finish it...  This one i just can't.
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JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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 than in love with him. As disturbing realities about her life come to light and secrets are revealed about the people closest to her, Allie embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will teach her that she could get control her life, stand on her own, conquer her fears, and live the life that she truly wants to live. I loved that the author addresses a social issue that women around the world can relate to: the idea of love and marriage ... and how as young girls we grow up with the dream of finding the perfect man, marrying him, and living the happily ever after life that fairytales claim can come true. Then adulthood and reality set in when the struggles of everyday life is anything but a fairytale. The reader follows Allie as she struggles through her daily life, trying to stand on her own two feet, and find her own way in life through her choices and decisions. The Idea of Him is a riveting multi-layered story with a complex cast of characters; dramatic dialogue and interactions; intriguing dark secrets and betrayals; intricate twists and turns; and one woman's journey of self-discovery and realization of the difference between falling in love with love and falling in love with the person.
GenuineJenn More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 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 too sure about it but read a bit more and guess what?? I was hooked. So hooked that I tried to cram it all in whenever I got a couple minutes (even while cooking dinner). This is the first book I have read by Holly Peterson and I will say now I am interested in reading more. The author has a way of drawing you into the storyline and keeping you wanting to know more. This book had a little of everything ~ lost of soul searching for the answers to what ifs with past loves, tempting hotties, lies, money and everything in between. There were moments that I just wanted to lose it on Wade for being such an ass but then again there were times I was telling Allie to get out while you still can. The suspense got really thick and I couldn't wait to find out the truth of the whole scandal including who is this sexy mystery lady named Jessica. This was a great book especially since I wasn't sure at the beginning and the author was able to draw me in and keep me until the very end. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars!
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
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 also very raw, out of all the parts in the book these are my favorites because it shows how our experiences shape us and effect how we allow others to treat us. *I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the book when we learn Jackie’s motivations for doing what she did. *I liked that two women banded together to bring about justice. Very Batman (Jackie) and Robin (Allie). *The theme that I found in this story is that sometimes us ladies feel we need to do it all; we work, take care of the kids and the home basically solo, and all the while supporting out husbands and their careers all while smiling. Hopefully that didn’t sound to bitter but this is more the norm than the exception so there it is.   My Dislikes About This Book   *Tommy, couldn’t stand this guy or the scenes he was in, he was to sexually intense and it just felt inappropriate to me. Allie’s past is  talked about in the scenes with Tommy the most so even though those flashes into the past were my favorite parts they ended, I was  back in the present, and Tommy was just as annoyingly gross. *The relationship of Allie and James is totally confusing, I understand they survived something horrible together but jeesh cut me a break.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Idea of Him Author: Holly Peterson Publisher: William Morrow and Company Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Age Recommended: Adult Rating: 4 Review: "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 Mary be able to find answers to all of this and more before it's too late? Be ready for a interesting read however I did find this read somewhat chaotic a times and even complicated as the story seems to jump back and forth from the past to present. I will say the suspense that surround the husband, Wades dealing and all kept me very interested along with the jest of it all where we find from the read that Mary had previously relied on James,(another part of the story) then married Wade because he reminded her of her late father, and nearly jumped into a relationship with Tommy while still married. Another point to the read was seeing Mary befriend a least likely ally to learn the truth about her husband. Believe me when I say it was so good to see that finally Mary develops the backbone that was necessary to protect her and the children. Now, to fully understand it all you must pick up "The Idea of Him" to get the full picture of this read. It will be interesting to see how this mystery of exactly what all Wade was really involved.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*stands up and says* "Ok people ideas for rp!"
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
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 marrying her best-friend James who is her soul-mate and her biggest regret, she certainly made the wrong decision in tying herself to her selfish husband and as this story goes along, we are there as Mary comes to this conclusion. After previously cheating on her after the birth of their last child, Mary believed Wade when he told her it was out of his system, until one night at a work party at home he disappears into the laundry room with a beautiful woman named Jackie, after discovering that they had slept together previously, the mysterious Jackie talks Mary into helping her investigate a financial scam which Wade, her boss Murray and Max a criminal who has just been released from prison for fraud are taking part in. Of course we also witness the crumble and fall of Mary and Wade's marriage, as his long list of infidelity comes to light, as well as his gambling and inability to think or anybody but himself. While this was an interesting look inside a marriage that was pretty much doomed from the get go, it didn't hold my attention as much as I'd hoped it would, the premise was intriguing but I found myself disliking a vast amount of the characters in this book, and I just didn't care what happened to them one way or another. I did enjoy the little revelation at the end though, I thought that was a nice touch, just not enough to raise my rating that little bit higher, recommended for fans of contemporary women's fiction, if marriage's in turmoil are your thing then check this out.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
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 stars, and in the past broke big stories about corruption. Times are tough for Meter, like most print magazines, and Wade is struggling to maintain his position in a world where anyone who reads magazines reads them on their Ipad or tablet. When Allie catches Wade in their laundry closet with a hot young woman during a party she is devastated.  She confronts Wade and he hisses that she doesn't understand, he'll explain later. Allie then chases after the woman, Jackie, who tells Allie that she wasn't having sex with her husband, but she was looking for a flash drive Wade had that she needed. Jackie weaves a crazy story that implicates Wade, Allie's boss Murray and his investor Max in some complicated financial scheme that she claims she will eventually explain to Allie, but right now she needs Allie's help. Allie is thrown for a loop; why should she trust this complete stranger whom she believes is having an affair with her husband? Jackie seems to always be around in the background when there is trouble; is she the cause or is she telling Allie the truth? Allie now wonders if she made a mistake marrying Wade instead of her best friend since high school James, who became a doctor working overseas to help children (think Doctors Without Borders). She and James still talk frequently, and they have a complicated past that began during a traumatic experience. She also is attracted to Tommy, whom she met in her screenwriting class. Tommy is young, hot and reckless and he pursues Allie relentlessly. There are a few explicit sex scenes that may leave readers hot and bothered. Given that this week's biggest story is about stock market manipulation as described in Michael Lewis's  book Flash Boys, the timing of The Idea of Him with its similar theme is fortuitous. I confess that although my knowledge of the financial markets is rather limited, I found this storyline fascinating. Another theme is women relying on men to take care of them. Allie relied on James, then married Wade because he reminded her of her late father, and nearly jumped into a relationship with Tommy while still married. Will she take a step back and realize that she is strong enough to take charge of her own life? That is another interesting aspect of the novel. I have to say that I usually don't completely dislike characters, but I found Wade to be despicable. His behavior towards his wife was appalling and I found it hard to believe that Allie ever found anything redeeming about him. There is also another minor character who is just as awful, but to name her would be a spoiler; when you read it, you'll find out who she is. The mystery of what exactly Wade is involved in elevates this novel above the usual chick lit. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was doing to whom and the resolution is satisfying. The setting is New York City, and Peterson nails the arrogant entitlement attitude of some of the one percenters. what to whom and the resolution is satisfying. The setting is New York City, and Peterson nails the arrogant entitlement attitude of some of the one percenters.