The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

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Book - 2017
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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 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--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.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781501139239
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 24 cm

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dagny49
Dec 09, 2019

long wait, rec'd Dec'19 but couldn't read, request again

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kawidman
Dec 05, 2019

This book is addictive and delicious and may also wreck you as deeply as it did me.

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EljayJohnson
Dec 01, 2019

Very enjoyable and immensely readable story of megawatt legendary movie star Evelyn Hugo, who handpicks an obscure journalist to reveal her lifelong secrets to. Evelyn famously had 7 husbands but journalist Monique focuses her inquiry: who was the great love of Evelyn's life? This is clever, well-written fun with a bite and some snap - it had plenty to say about the choices women must make to succeed, about sexuality, about authenticity, and about sacrifice. Between this and Daisy Jones and the Six (which I loved), I know I will keep reading Reid.

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Linyarai
Nov 30, 2019

I loved every second of this. It wasn't what I expected, though I'm not really sure what I expected. Every chapter was fantastic, and I felt so strongly for all of her choices. I love Taylor Jenkins Reid's characters and I can't believe they're not real people. It blows me away that they're not real people. I laughed and I cried.

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Tdruid
Nov 22, 2019

Not the kind of book I normally read, but it drew me in enough to want to finish it. The characters are flawed, just like real people, & I can understand why they made the choices they did, even though I never would.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 14, 2019

This has been on my to-read list for a while, but after reading (and loving) Daisy Jones & the Six, I bumped this considerably higher on my list, and I'm so glad I did. I loved this, a lot. I am a sucker for old Hollywood glamour, so I was absolutely the target audience for this, but I think it could have broad appeal. The title suggests a pretty juicy & gossipy read, which this is, at points, but it's also, at its heart, a love story, and a surprisingly moving one. I tore through this -- I listened to it on audio, actually, and kept inventing tasks around the house to do as an excuse to keep listening -- and haven't been able to stop thinking about it, so vivid and complicated and real were the characters.

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Eva_100
Nov 12, 2019

I found this book flat, cliche and boring. I couldn’t get into the flat cliche characters or their overdone descriptions and terrible dialogues. I loved Daisy and the Six but I found this to be amateurly written.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this look at historic Hollywood from the 1950s to present day. While the title wouldn't lead you to think it, this is really a very sweet love story.

mazinwhistler Nov 04, 2019

This is second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have read, and very much like the first (Daisy Jones and the Six), I could not put it down. I would say that I devoured this book! Reid has the ability to develop characters that you just can't get enough of and she had me enthralled with this story of a strong woman who wouldn't stop at anything to get what she wanted even through it could very well be considered cringe worthy I loved Evelyn Hugo despite all her flaws, indiscretions and questionable choices at times. Whilst a fiction story, I often felt myself wanting to Google certain parts of the book (i.e. Evelyn's gowns) because it all felt so real (I experienced a similar feeling while reading Daisy Jones & the Six and wanting to listen to fictional songs!).

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cknightkc
Sep 23, 2019

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO isn’t the kind of book I typically read, but after hearing so much about it, I thought I’d give it a try. For me, this novel certainly lived up to the hype, and it wasn’t long until I was hooked. It’s an easy read, full of diverse and intriguing characters, especially the title’s namesake. On one level it’s a steamy, melodramatic and fictional exploration into the lives of the rich and famous of old Hollywood. On another level, it deals with social and women’s issues that are unfortunately still present today. With plenty of well-placed twists and turns, author Taylor Jenkins Reid has crafted a real page-turner that’s perfect for the beach or vacation.

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cknightkc
Sep 23, 2019

“When you're given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn't give things, you take things.” - p. 35

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cknightkc
Sep 23, 2019

“People think that intimacy is about sex.
But intimacy is about truth, when you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘You're safe with me'- that's intimacy.” - p.113

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cknightkc
Sep 23, 2019

“Don't ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box… Don't do that.” - p.124

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amahof7
Jul 08, 2019

When u dig just the tiniest bit beneath the surface,everyone’s love life is original& interesting &nuanced& defies any easy definition.
Author to husband-thank u for understanding why bk so NB to me &4 being so into it. For being the kind of man who encourages me to shout louder, dream bigger, & take less shit. Thx for never making me feel i should make myself smaller to make someone else feel better. Our daughter’s growing up w a father who’ll stick by her side no matter who she is, & will show her how she should expect to be treated by modelling it for her. Evelyn nor I had that, she will, because of you.

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 11, 2019

Kristen MERKE thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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