Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Pages: 400
Publication Date: June 13, 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating 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 takes—to face the truth.

This book isn't going to be published for another three months, but I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC for review purposes. Written in a style that immediately drew me in, it quickly became one of the most interesting books I've read in awhile.

5/5. This book has a very unique story ling unlike any other book I've read before.
Monique has been contacted to write the biography of a Hollywood icon named Evelyn Hugo. Through their time spent together, Evelyn gives Monique a tell-all of her life and doesn't spare any of the juicy and scandalous details.
I had no problem falling in love with all of the characters. Monique and Evelyn had a bond (albeit rocky) like I haven't seen between characters in awhile. Even the supporting characters were amazing, and I felt the love and bond between every character in the book.
None of it felt rushed, and when I got to the end it was honestly a jaw-dropping ending I couldn't have even imagined.
My heart broke and mended itself multiple times throughout the three days it took me to read it.

This book definitely put Reid on my auto-buy list.