SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: Classic Hollywood with a modern twist.
SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is a book that will give you the glitz, the glamor, and the scandals that make Hollywood so intriguing. Through the voice of Evelyn Hugo, the author transports us back into what it was like to be a movie star in the 1950s.
I loved all the behind the scenes happenings and dirty little secrets that littered this book. It read like a movie star’s memoir…though, I guess that is the point. Then there is Monique. Her voice is truly the most authentic in the sense that she is not hiding anything. Her life has been shaped by a series of events starting with her father’s death to her break-up to her inevitable decision to write Evelyn’s story, but it will be Evelyn’s story that will truly change everything.
It can be said, that this is not my favorite book by the author. There is still a fight to the death between ONE TRUE LOVES and MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE for that spot. Yet, the story is solid. It will give you drama, secrets, and even a little twist at the end. For fans of the author, it will no doubt keep your interest as you find out more about Evelyn and her connection to Monique.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
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.
About the Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. To learn more, visit TaylorJenkinsReid.com.
Books by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (June 13, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches