The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The description from Goodreads:
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.
I did the cliché thing and bought this book for the cover. Then it kept popping up on my Instagram feed and on the women’s platform websites I
visit troll all day long like Popsugar.com etc.
I loved everything about this book, I was hooked from the first page. The story was fabulously written, I felt glamorous just reading it. The author does a great job at capturing the eras the book takes place in without being campy. The characters are likable and so well developed that it was almost like reading a memoir. I really fell in love with the character of Evelyn Hugo, I kept wanting to Google her and watch her films only to remember, multiple times, she wasn’t real. The many themes in this book shone through, interracial relationships (and more than the stereotypical 1 that we’re used to), tons of LGBTQ representation and the author depicts ageism in classic Hollywood really well.
This book was such an emotional read for me, I cried many times throughout.
I loved reading it so much, I was sad to finish it.
I give this book 5 sensational stars!