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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of June 2017: Imagine if Mariyln Monroe lived to be 79 years old, decided to write a tell-all book, and plucked you (assuming you’re an unknown journalist) out of obscurity to write it. Such is the premise of The Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo, and it’s fascinating. In this page-turner a star is born, but her path to success is laden with grit, grief and deceit. Alternating between Eveyln’s first-hand account of her journey to stardom and the observations of Monique, the woman mysteriously selected to pen Eveyln’s biography, the novel questions whether fame is worth the price. The stories of Eveyln, her seven husbands and their friends, lovers and confidants intertwine to spin up a glamour tornado powered by sex, love, money and Hollywood gossip. This book is captivating, sexy, and at times, heart wrenching. Readers will delight in the glitz and intrigue, and be pleasantly surprised by the complex, thought-provoking twist. In summary, put it in your beach bag. You will thank me later. --Shannon Deveny
Praise for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo:
“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” (Buzzfeed)
"A novel of Old Hollywood that's simultaneously gossipy and poignant. Look no further for the glamour, ambition and shocking secrets your beach-blanket sessions demand." (People)
“Come for the glam old Hollywood vibes; stay for a touching tale of a young reporter and a silver-screen legend.” (Cosmopolitan)
"In her mesmerizing tale, Taylor Jenkins Reid explores Hollywood’s heyday with a heroine akin to Elizabeth Taylor. Movie icon Evelyn Hugo, now a recluse at 79, unfurls the story of her glamorous life and her scandalous seven marriages." (Us Weekly)
“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every female reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” (PopSugar)
“If you're looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read — as long as you're prepared to cry off all your sunscreen, because this book gets *emotional*. Each of Evelyn's marriages comes with its own hurt and heartbreak, from infidelity and betrayal to domestic abuse. But running throughout Evelyn's tumultuous life is one great love that will leave you sobbing into the pages.” (Bustle)
"A spellbinding novel about love, glamour and the price of fame." (Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love)
"In her latest mesmerizing tale, Reid transports readers back to Hollywood’s heyday with a heroine in the likes of — but more intriguing than — Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Katherine Hepburn. Yes, Evelyn Hugo is the glamorous idol you admire, but she’s also the relentless fighter you aspire to be. Her life’s story is heartbreaking, yet beautiful and will keep readers captivated until the very last page." (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly)
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the total package: the very best of Classic Hollywood intrigue, a delicious twist, and incisive commentary on the wages of stardom, especially for women.” (Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed culture writer and author of Scandals of Classic Hollywood)
"[The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo] is fascinating, emotional and will be hard to put down. For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, this is her best work yet." (Associated Press)
“So entertainingly real that you will be wondering why you can't remember the great star Evelyn Hugo and the movies she made famous. Read for pure pleasure.” (Shelf Awareness)
"Reid’s characters will enchant readers as they travel through the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood and the truths they both must confront." (Real Simple)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid is the queen of queens when it comes to beach reads, and this breathtaking treat proves once again the throne is hers alone.” (Redbook)
"Addictive, dazzling and bound to leave you in tears (classic Taylor Jenkins Reid), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo should be your No. 1 reading priority this summer." (SheKnows)
“Leave it to Taylor Jenkins Reid to keep readers captivated, from the first page to the last. With a parade of lovable characters and unputdownable plot, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo should top every reading list this summer.” (Working Mother)
“A cinematic tale with hardscrabble roots, staggering highs and sickening lows. The novel reads like a celebrity tell-all, and this makes it delicious. But it's also got heft, because Hugo's story is one of overcoming adversity, racism and sexism to get to the top. She fails, falls, triumphs and learns difficult lessons about the things that really matter. With this riveting novel, Reid has created an exceptional character with the wherewithal to take on the patriarchy.” (Globe and Mail)
"A big, juicy read…Reid expertly captures the hothouse nature of Hollywood…the story is fresh, and the end reveal is worth the wait” (Historical Novel Society)
"This sweeping tale is about an aging Hollywood starlet and the rookie magazine reporter she hires to pen her breathtaking (and scandalous) life story. Trust us: You’ll be swooning over the twist for months." (Brit & Co.)
“Jenkins has crafted another tale sure to appeal to fans of women’s fiction, Susan Meissner, and Beatriz Williams.” (Library Journal)
"Evelyn Hugo is a character who can demand top billing...Reid's heroine reveals her darkest secrets as if she were wiping off makeup at the end of the night—a celebration of human frailty that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Reid knows how to tug at heart strings with unusual tales of finding real and lasting love...the reader [will be] captivated by old Hollywood glamour, intriguing and complex characters, and Reid’s unsurpassed ability to leave her audience reaching for a hankie. An utterly unique take on what truly makes a family.” (Booklist)
"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has big, juicy secrets at its heart-- not just about the surprising identity of movie star Evelyn Hugo's true love, but of the lengths she has gone to protect that mysterious lover. Brimming with heartache, betrayal, and a lifetime of Hollywood gossip, this raucous novel will seduce you even as it leaves you wanting more." (Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June)
"A glamorous romp through Hollywood in its heyday, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest offers up several unexpected twists and a dazzling, ambitious movie star who will break your heart." (Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse)
"Evelyn Hugo makes Liz Taylor seem pedestrian. Taylor Jenkins Reid has drawn a rich, emotionally complex heroine who is so real that you'll forget she only lives in the pages of a book. This is an utterly compelling dance with love and tragedy, sometimes both at once; you'll laugh with Evelyn, cry with her, ache with her, and then go back to page one and do it all over again." (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of The Royal We)
Praise for One True Loves:
“Earth-shaking romance…you will flip for this epic love story.” (Cosmopolitan)
"A breathtaking love story." (InStyle)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid is seriously a genius when it comes to stories about life and love, and this book promises to be another awesome addition to her collection.” (Redbook)
“The mastermind behind the incredible summer read.” (Bustle)
"So compelling...Reid is so talented at creating characters you believe in." (Associated Press)
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Evelyn Hugo is a famous Hollywood actress who went from being a poor Cuban immigrant living in Hell's Kitchen to one of the most famous, highest paid actresses in Hollywood. There are definitely traits about this heroine that I hated including denying her heritage to get more movie roles and lying and scheming to get to the top was certainly not foreign to her. However, you have to respect that she owned every single flaw and for the most part she was unapologetic for her actions.
This story IS NOT AS IT SEEMS. At least I certainly was not expecting the huge TWIST that this story takes. I'm still not sure how I feel about it to be honest with you.
I really could not decide if I loved or hated Evelyn. Most people would call Evelyn a whore for having so many husbands and so many of her marriages were for convenience rather than love. But you also had to respect that a lot of the decisions she made were to protect the ones she loved.
As is the norm with books of Taylor Jenkins Reid, the writing is top notch and is just set a at a higher standard. There is drama, humor, sex (no overtly steamy scenes) and betrayal and it is all very tastely done with shock factors thrown in for good measure.
I would definitely recommend this book.
OK now, I must admit I WAS WRONG!!!
This story is about a woman who has loved, found, lost, and struggled until she has fully accepted herself and opens up to the world. The main theme of this book is something you could never possibly tell by its title. This book is about love, about pursuit of happiness, and about a human right that we still seem to be struggling with to accept completely (well in some countries and in some people’s minds). This book contains so much emotions that it took me several days to consume and think what I should write about after I had finished it.
First, let me introduce you to Monique Grant. She is a writer at “Vivant”in LA. Her life is not perfect. She is, in fact, on the verge of divorce. She dreams to become “big” someday, and to be noticed as a respectful writer. However, her dream seems so far until a legendary super star Evelyn Hugo chooses her as her writer for Evelyn’s one and only biography.
There’s one puzzling thought about this book.
No one knows why Evelyn chose her as her writer. Monique doesn’t have any connection to her, and not knowing why will make you keep reading until you find out, and the author will make sure to keep you waiting until the last 40 pages.
Next, the main character of this book, the gorgeous actress Evelyn Hugo is a daughter of Cuban immigrants. She has dark skin, an hourglass figure, big breasts (which every guy seems to stare at), and she has thick straight eyebrows, which reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. Evelyn is so bold yet calm, and when she speaks, she gets straight to the point. Evelyn Hugo was, in my head, real. What was most remarkable about her was that she is a person who can love so deeply. She has pursued her love all of her life. But not in a way we usually understand. Her love is so strong and beautiful but at the same time, it’s painful and sometimes fragile. It is perhaps because of the time and because of the taboo of the society she has lived in. I couldn’t help but feel compassion for Evelyn.
I loved that I could see how these 2 people who seem so different and unrelated slowly make a relationship, trust, and open up to each other. I loved how Monique gets influenced by Evelyn and grows to become a stronger woman who can stand on her two feet. I loved Evelyn’s calm nature which makes you feel like she has seen it all.
I am sure you will find yourself falling in love with Evelyn Hugo, or at least understanding her no matter what she has decided to do.
Lastly, this book is written so beautifully, it fills you with so many emotions towards the end, but leaves you a little ache that lingers for a while.
If I have a chance, this is the book I will definitely re-read!! There are so many things going on in this story that I cannot write about without a spoiler! Highly recommended.
P.S. I completely support Evelyn’s decision. I would have done the same thing if I were on her shoes. (Go grab your copy, and you will know what I’m taking about!)
I rate this book 4.5 stars based on the rating below.
(1 star: couldn’t finish, 2 stars: made myself finish it, 3 stars: I liked it💕, 4 stars: I loved it💕💕, 5 stars: loved enough to reread it!!)