Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Spoilers?: Have Caution?
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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.
I have heard so much about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I can say that it almost, almost lives up to all the hype it’s been getting. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is an atmospheric historical fiction set in the golden age of Hollywood, with all the scandal that entails. However, I did have some minor issues with this book, especially in the first half. But then I cried at the end, and any book that can actually make me cry warrants 5 stars from me.