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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

   
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis - 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 jump start 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. This is a mesmerizing 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 costs—to face the truth.

My thoughts - Let me start off by saying that this is an LGBT book. I did not know that going in and I may not have read it had I known it. But I am so glad I missed that little nugget and read this book. It was so juicy and well written. It mostly takes place in old Hollywood and follows Evelyn Hugo as she goes from poor Cuban girl from Hell's Kitchen to Hollywood royalty. While reading the book I kept going back to the #metoo movement that blasted through the film industry. Tales of the casting couch and so on and all the women and men who came forward and shared their stories. Well here is Evelyn in a similar situation.. all the sexual favors she gave to get ahead in the game.. to get parts, fame and money. But unlike the #metoo movement where there are victims and there is blame (I am not shaming the movement and what is stands for) Evelyn was well aware of what she was doing, she didn't enjoy any of it but she did it all the same and she felt no shame, she was no victim and she states very clearly that she had no regrets. I found that interesting.. she tells Monique that if she's have to do it all over again.. she would. 

While much of the book is about what she did to get ahead it also deals with the true meaning of love and family, unconventional as it sometimes may be. Acceptance, forgiveness and all the other warm fuzzies. And while Evelyn is telling her tale you keep wondering why now? Why to Monique? I wasn't too shocked when the reason was revealed but it was moving nonetheless. 

I would highly recommend this book. Anything you think this book will be about it is that and so much more.

I know this book has been getting lots of love.. I had seen it popping up everywhere last year so if you've already read it I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. 
    
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35 comments:

Ivana Split said...

I haven't read it but it sounds very interesting. Living under spotlight does have its challenges.

Christina said...

Interesting, I never made it past the first 10 pages or so. I was listening to the audio version and I found Monique and her colleagues/boss to be unbearable. The good news is that I was able to return the audio. Maybe I should try again, this time actually reading....

Mica said...

It sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing!

The Glossychic said...

Interesting post, I love it.
The Glossychic
Wonder Cottage

Anvilcloud said...

The main idea seems pretty true to life.

Kathrine Eldridge said...

Thanks for this book recommendation!

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Emmylou said...

Oooooo...the synopsis sounds great. I'm a sucker for stories like this. (All About Eve is one of my fave movies.) Thanks for the review, Hena! Will add to my to-check-out list.

Kelly said...

Probably not one I'd pick up on my own, but you've made it sound interesting enough that it might have to go on my wish list! It seems to have more depth than I first thought.

Ruth Josey said...

Sounds like a great read and I agree that I might have bypassed it too, so thank you for the review. It's something I'll add to my list!

Ruth
www.voguefauxreal.com

Jadieegosh said...

ohhh thanks for the recommendation! amazing blog post !!

jadieegosh

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This does sound like a very compelling read. Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

this is a wonderful review and i am so happy you enjoyed the book. i am not a reader, i wish i was!!!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

That sounds like a really good read!

ALLIE NYC said...

Hmmm sounds interesting. Not sure if the message is the best in that she was not a victim...I guess I would have to read it for myself to judge. But it does sound juicy!

Allie of
www.allienyc.com

Sasha said...

Sounds intriguing! Great review, Hena! Hope you have a great week! XXX

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Hena Tayeb said...

I think the message was that we all make are own decisions. Those were the choices she made and she stands by them, even if they weren't always the best choices.

Laura Mitbrodt said...

That book sounds amazing
xo
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Jeanie said...

Thanks for the review. I'm not familiar with this but I'm making a big, bold, probably wrong guess that Monique is her long lost daughter.

awhite said...

This sounds like such a good read!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

karen said...

sounds like a good book! I'm glad I'm not the only one that misses nuggets of info from the blurbs written. I do that all the time!

Kinga K. said...

Sounds good :)

Julie | This Main Line Life said...

This sounds like a really interesting read.
x, Julie

Paola Lauretano said...

Such an interesting book!
Kisses, Paola.

Expressyourself

E said...

This sounds juicy! I need to read this!

District of Chic

La ilusión de Nina said...

Now The Seven husbands is on my read list!!
Have a great day! xx

La ilusión de Nina - http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com/

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages said...

I have heard amazing things about this book but haven’t got chance to read it yet 🙈 Hope to read it soon. I am glad you liked it though.
Btw, I am curious, why haven’t you read this if you would have known about the lgbtq rep? You don’t like books with that rep?

Hena Tayeb said...

Honestly this was the first I had ever read. I’m probably shoes away from the genre because it was unfamiliar territory.

FashionRadi said...

I need to check out this book! Looks so good!

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Gemma Etc. said...

I've never read this book before but it sounds like one I'd really enjoy xx

GemmaEtc.com

Missymayification said...

Sounds like a very interesting read.

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Chelsey said...

Thanks for the suggestion!

NotJessFashion said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the suggestion dear!

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Stefanie said...

An eye-catching cover for sure on this one.

friv said...

I love this writer, so I was so excited to read it. It didn't disappoint ... I loved it!
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