Hello and Happy Tuesday! I am soooo excited to be publishing reviews other than Harry Potter now, yay! So to celebrate this, I am bringing you a review for a book, that may possibly be my new all time favorite. It definitely is on the list.
Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Adult, LGBT
Format: audiobook, borrowed from Overdrive
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.
Where do I even begin? I loved this book. I had super high expectations and they exceeded my expectations. First, the writing. It was incredible. This is the first piece of work I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I am looking forward to reading her next novel, Daisy and the Six I believe that’s the name? It was so easy to get trapped into and listening to this book made it even better. I don’t think I have ever read anything that flowed more fluently than this book.
Next, the characters. I enjoyed each and every character we met, even all the husbands! As soon as we were introduced to Evelyn, I immediately thought she was bad. ass. She was so like-able, even though she was incredibly flawed. Monique was an okay character, but I know why she was in the story. I found myself at times forgetting about her even being involved in the story, but her character was very significant when we did read her side of the story.
Now the best part of this book, the story itself. The plot. I was engaged, immersed, for the two days it took me to read it, I was obsessed with this story. It didn’t even start slow, it was perfectly paced throughout. The ending had me confused, because the whole time I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I was surprised, I had no idea what I was in for. The whole 1950’s glam feel was amazing, and I didn’t realize how much of a delight this setting for a story could be.
I think if I had to be really picky, the one thing I didn’t care for was Celia’s personality. I thought she was needy, a tad annoying, but not anything too major. Other than that, this book was perfection.
What did you guys think of this book?