Published: April 1, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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 may be involved in a financial scheme, but I think we're definitely supposed to be feeling bad for Allie. Except she isn't the perfect model wife either. She's still obsessing over her failed high school relationship, and she's considering having an affair herself. You can't necessarily blame her considering the current state of her marriage, but still, it's hard to root for her.
The story also has a lot going on, to the point where it was hard to keep everything straight. In some ways I think that's the point because there is a bit of a mystery throughout, except when it finally wraps up in the final chapters, I still felt like I was missing a critical part.
I do think this book is a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't necessarily think it's a bad book, just not necessarily what I wanted to be reading at the time. I have to say I'm now craving a sweet and sugary romance, and hopefully am able to find that perfect book soon!
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