Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


     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 through the decades—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.



My Thoughts:

     Monique is a 35-year-old, recently separated reporter at Vivante magazine where she has been working for less than a year when a new assignment comes her way.  Evelyn Hugo, one of the world’s most famous actresses, wants her to write her story.  Monique’s biggest concern is “why me?”. 

     I read this nearly 400-page book in ONE DAY, y’all! I read a bit in the morning then started it back up around noon and finished about 10:30 pm last night with hardly any breaks…. I haven’t done that in years.  The last few books that I read where heavy on darkness and violence so I wanted something light and heard this would be a great palate cleanser. It was exactly what I needed!

     Now before you get started, this is not a totally light, airy read.  I teared up several times but I also laughed a few times too.  Reading this story was like reading a juicy memoir from one of your favorite movie stars and while there were sad parts it was also just plain old enjoyable reading.  I hate to say it is a fun and mindless read because these characters have depth and it is a wonderful story of how you must live life with no regrets and learn to go after what you want but it isn’t a deep, psychological tome either.

  This is book is the perfect, enjoyable story to cleanse your mind after dark/disturbing reads or anytime you just want to read a great story.  4.5/5 stars


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