Friday 30 November 2018

#BookReview The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid @tjenkinsreid @simonschusterUK

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid's signature talent for creating "complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means -and what it costs- to face the truth.


Oh WOW! I have a new favorite author. THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is the very first book I've read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I definitely want to read more! To say that this book really hooked me is an understatement. I had an ecopy of this book, but I also listened to the audio version while at work and I do hope I did a good job. It's not easy when you find books like this. Everything around you gets a bit fuzzy. I always think a really good audiobook should you leave you a bit exhausted. You have gotten so into the story that it feels like you know the characters personally. And, this book felt like this!

Also, the title. LOVED it because it tells the life of Evelyn Hugo, every man represents a part of Evelyn's life. However, there is one person that is constant in her life, the great love of Evelyn Hugo. And that person, well I don't want to give the story away so I won't say more than it's all so bloody tragic. In many ways is Evelyn Hugo's life just a fictional as her movies. I loved this book. One of the best I've read this year! Can't wait to read DAISY JONES & THE SIX!

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