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.
Melanie’s 5+ Star Review:
Intriguing and beguiling, I was entirely enraptured by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo from start to finish. The allure behind Evelyn Hugo’s tell all was that it wouldn’t only reveal her secrets but would unravel the secrets of so many others. Taylor Jenkins-Reid captured Hollywood’s glamour and mystique in absolute perfection. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is definitely a top favorite read of all time for me. A dazzling story line written in such a brilliant and arousing way, Ms. Jenkins-Reid has definitely proven to be one of the best fictional authors out there. I take such pride in knowing that someone as talented as she lives in the very city I do– the very center of the entertainment world. As it was said in Pretty Woman, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ — this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin.”
For Evelyn Hugo, her goal had been to get out of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City where her Cuban parents immigrated. Losing her mother during such a crucial period in her life, her own mother’s dreams played a heavy part in becoming her own. I loved how in control Evelyn was of her future, of her destiny. She knew exactly what she wanted and she went for it using her greatest assets. A beautiful face, a body to be worshiped, and an opportunistic mindset – Evelyn stepped into the world of Hollywood and made it her playground.
Even years after at the ripe old age of seventy-nine, Ms. Evelyn Hugo still wields her power by enlisting an underrated, yet talented writer Monique Grant. It is revealed from their very first meeting that Evelyn holds a secret that would be life changing for Monique. I was both enthralled by each and every detail of Evelyn’s life and at the same time completely restless to find out what the secret was. Ms. Jenkins-Reid plays with your strings like a puppet master. There is no other way to describe how I felt about this book other than comparing it to a drug. I was enamored with Evelyn Hugo, like major girl crush. She had an undeniable magnetism, a sort of charisma that would win anyone over, add on the delectable sensuality that came so naturally— well, you’re pretty much putty in her hands.
I loved every bit of this book. It was both easy and turbulent all at the same time. I reveled in the story line. It oozed scandal but it thrived on love. It touched on such heavy and sensitive topics especially for its time period. My heart ached for Evelyn and those she loved but most especially to those who loved her. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo just had it all. So unique yet so absolutely enticing, this one needs to be adapted on to the big screen. This was an Oscar winning read worth a spot on everyone’s e-readers and book shelves.
We Like It Big Tunes:
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About the Author:
Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as well as One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and more. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and others.