When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band, she does so reluctantly and at her ex-husband’s request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.
What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s disparate worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways. And for Solène, it is as much a reclaiming of self, as it is a rediscovery of happiness and love. When their romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her new status has impacted not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her.
Unpopular opinion here, I’m sorry. I don’t typically read books about boy bands and mothers. I certainly don’t ever read music-trope books. I certainly don’t ever read those things all together. So I wasn’t really interested in the book for the first part of it.
Okay, I had a really hard time with the first half of the book actually. I wasn’t hooked and I wasn’t connected to any one so ultimately I really struggled there. I struggled with the clingy boy constantly saying “Hiiiii..” and being very dependent on Solene. I struggled with how Solene’s daughter clearly struggled and cried out for help and was constantly “staying strong” while her mother was off being happy. But once I got past half of it, I felt a pang. I didn’t get connected to Solene though. No, I was connecting with Hayes.
Which is why this book gets four stars. For Hayes. For the vulnerable person that he was and the cliche he was not. He was way more complex to me than Solene was. Why he kept telling Solene she was the complex one was way beyond me. He grew way more than Solene did, in my opinion. He was an open book for her and he was all around a very prominent character in this book that deserves more credit than what he got. For being twenty years old, I felt his feelings. Hard.
The authors writing is magnificent. I can’t complain about that one bit. The story flowed fast enough where I could read in one sitting and you’ll never hear me complain about that.
Maybe. Maybe if I was older and related to Solene more maybe I would be like every one else who is obsessing with this book. But to the ones who love this book I get it. I do. Because every time that boy cried in that book- my tiny heart chipped away and hurt.