Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamourous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.
Determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to leaving 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. But as Evelyn’s story nears its own conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Since reading Daisy Jones and The Six earlier this year, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has been high on my TBR and I had heard some reviews suggesting this book was even better than Daisy Jones, was this even possible I wondered. Turned out it was! So if you haven’t yet discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid then stop what you are doing and head on out and pick up this book right now, immediately!!
Yes, fair to say I loved this book and this author will have 2 books in my top 10 at the end of the year. Taylor Jenkins Reid has the ability to write superb fiction in a unique and original way which allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the story, the characters are incredible – authentic and alive and just like Daisy Jones and The Six, I wanted Evelyn Hugo to be real!
In this book she is telling a no secrets account of the life to Monique. Newspaper excerpts capture the reporting of her life while Evelyn tells the true story. In this original storytelling the author recreates the buzz around this Hollywood icon while also detailing the story behind the headlines, which is so far from what was reported.
I was surprised at the end to find that I had become so absorbed in Evelyn’s story that I didn’t work out the connection between these two women, despite the clues being there! And I think that is a measure of how great this story was. Evelyn lived a very full life and her seven husbands acted as markers – chapters if you like. She loved, she lost and she strived for success at many a cost. Monique, the young journalist selected by Evelyn has her own story which was interesting and relevant but to be honest she faded in the orbit of Evelyn Hugo.
This story is about fame and success and the price of this. It is about love and loss but also a very contemporary theme right now of the public image celebrities have, the stories that are put out there to hide the reality and essentially to promote the success and ensure the star continues to rise. I did love this book, the writing was sharp and the format felt original, the characters were so well formed as to seem real and I was left with a book hangover when this story came to an end.
Highly, highly recommended!
About the Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do and Forever, Interrupted. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, In Style, Pop Sugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads and others.