The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid
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“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed
“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” —PopSugar
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.
“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): 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.
What a fantastic book! This was my first time reading anything from this author but I can assure you that this won't be the last! Evelyn Hugo is one character that is beautifully created!
A very nice surprise!
From the title of this book, I thought it might be a puff piece, but to my surprise, I was hooked from start to finish.
Reid's characters were beautifully developed. The story was well paced with background, time and place, and delved deeply into social issues shocking for the time period in which Evelyn became a legend.
This story is about the life of the story teller, and, alternately, about the writer who records the story. The wisdom of the former becomes the growth of the latter with the shocking discovery that deeply changes the writer's perceptions of herself and her past.
I couldn't help but think of Elizabeth Taylor as Evelyn, but having had a girl crush on ET forever, that's the direction in which my imagination soared! Whichever way your imagination soars, you can't go wrong with spending some time with Evelyn and her brilliantly beautiful, messy, shocking, and at times, very painfully sad life.
5 Golden stars for Evelyn
Before I start, I just want to make it clear that even though this book took me 3 days to read, it left me breathless and I can already feel the huge book hangover coming on.
TJR killed this book. I have so much to say about this book, but I hate giving spoilers.
Evelyn Hugo is everything I love about Hollywood. I LIVE for celebrity gossip and scandal and this book delivers it on a silver platter with all the fixings. I was engrossed in this story. I didn't want to eat, sleep, or work. I wanted to devour this book as quickly as possible. I was completely fascinated with Evelyn's life. Watching her grow and out smart most of the people encountered was mesmerizing. Celia & Harry's characters were some of the best secondary (that feels like an insult because they were a huge piece of Evelyn's life) characters I have ever read. Reliving her past with Monique was something I will never forget. This is one book I wish I could reread because I love the way it has made me feel.