Monday, 3 July 2017

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

by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

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.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, 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.

Regrettably, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the only title by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have had the opportunity to read. I have her other titles on my to-read list, such as One True loves and After I Do, but I've never quite felt pulled into picking them up. However, when I read the synopsis for Seven Husbands, I was instantly sold. The premise came across as very Elizabeth Taylor-ish with a twist of FX's FEUD, and I positively couldn't wait to delve into Evelyn's story.

Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the tale of Monique, a nobody reporter whom is commissioned to write the biography of the once huge starlet Evelyn Hugo. Throughout the title, Evelyn reveals many a shocking secret and scandal that was plainly hidden in full view of the public. She also delves into secret affairs, lost loves, and reveals several a ruthless thing she's done to get to the top. Overall, I positively adored both Monique and Evelyn, however Evelyn was definitely the title's brightest shining star. She was an astonishing character to read. She felt vivid (so vivid, in fact, that I needed to Google to see if she was real), and came across as such a classy and ambitious individual. I adored delving deeper into her chaotic and whirlwind past, and continuously wished her tales would never cease. Furthermore, I also enjoyed reading about how everything worked in Hollywood behind the public eye, how conspiracies and stories would be spun into all sorts of directions, and how easy it could be to lose it all with a simple news story. It was an astonishing title and I positively adored it to pieces.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a starlet delight! I loved the title from beginning to end and highly recommend it to all readers with a hankering for a juicy story about old Hollywood, gossip, and ground-shaking affairs.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I have been seeing this book all over Instagram lately, but this is the first review I have read! Sounds like a really great read!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it. Have added to my Goodreads to be read.