book.review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The squee that emitted from my mouth when I was approved for this ARC. Taylor Jenkins Reid never disappoints and THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO was not an exception.

RELEASE DATE : June 2017

PUBLISHER : Atira Books

DISCLAIMER : Novel sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review.

SYNOPSIS : 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.

REVIEW : I loved this book. With each book, Reid just happens to excel a little bit more – her narrative, her complexity, her characters. Each story becomes a more intricate pattern and woven tapestry that I just can’t help wrapping myself in. Be sure to have some time handy, you’ll want to devour this in a day.

Monique is working at her daily magazine job when she is seemingly plucked out to the blue to spear head a interview with legendary film actress Evelyn Hugo. A female icon in her own right, Hugo has the talent, the sexual appeal, the husbands, and the stories to portray a star-studded Hollywood upbringing. She’s been mostly silent…up until now, and she wants Monique to head up her memoirs. Struck at the chance opportunity, Monique can’t help but feel there is a catch…and in Hollywood, there is always a twist ending. Dive deep into Evelyn’s tumultuous career along with Monique, and experience how Evelyn got those ‘seven’ husbands and how love left it’s invisible fingerprints along the way.

I won’t write too spoilery of a review because it’s still so early.

This novel is flawfree.

A narrative that pushes boundaries, is direct, embraces femininity and sexuality and is unapologetic for it. It has the makings to be a tremendous let down but it flows beautifully. Reid has hit the nail on the head with this one, and left me so desperate for more – more Evelyn, more Monique, more fleeting tales of the flurry of love.

What I loved the most was the unexpected. This novel is unexpected. It touches upon themes I won’t ruin here and that are not hinted at within the synopsis. It’s unexpectedness makes it beautiful and so 2017 – it’s what’s needed now, in this world, in this timeline. A beautiful love story, inside and out.

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