Monday, July 3, 2017

REVIEW: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, 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 fascinating 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 takes—to face the truth.

After living in LA for almost 3 years, I was super intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I always wondered what people did to get themselves to fame, and wondered about the truth behind what we read in the tabloids. 

Evelyn Hugo definitely made the life she wanted, and didn't hold back the truth as she was telling her story to Monique - the writer she hires to do her biography. Though Monique has no idea why Evelyn chose her, you'll soon find out that Evelyn has a motive for everything and she unleashes the truth as she tells her life story.

I could tell right from the start that I was going to like this book. I've only read one book by Taylor, (One True Loves - which I loved), and this story is completely different! Taylor was NOT afraid to tell it how it is, and write about topics that others are afraid to write about.  While the majority of the book is about Evelyn in the past, we also get to learn about Monique and the story behind her in the present. I loved how it was written that way, because though it pauses from Evelyn's story here and there, you still get another story you're invested in. 

Evelyn is a deviously delicious, self confident woman, who knows what she wants and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. She isn't a good person, and she owns up to that fact about herself. The things that she has done throughout her life are truly unbelievable and she has no remorse what so ever. The thing about Evelyn, is that she really does try to do things to protect the ones she loves, but she does it in her own way regardless of others feelings. There's this quote that I found towards the end that really just summed up my entire feelings about her, and I laughed because of how true it was. 
"I hate Evelyn, but I think I like her very much. I wish she had never existed, and yet I can't help but admire her a great deal." 

One of my favorite things about this book is that there are a WIDE variety of people in this book. With so many personalities, and people from different backgrounds, you are rarely bored, and the conversations within this book are great! Not forgetting to mention the angst that goes along with the forbidden love. 

For those of you who are stuck in rut this summer and are looking for a great stand alone book, this one is a MUST!! You definitely won't regret it. 

The emerald green is absolutely breathtaking. But I would like to mention that her boobs are a  "big" factor in her fame. So why does the girl on the cover have absolutely no tata's? ahaha

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you all!

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of One True LovesMaybe in Another LifeAfter I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Her books have been named a “Best Book of Summer” by People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, USA TODAYRedbookUs Weekly, Parade, PopSugar, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Brit+Co, Goodreads, and others.

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