The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid


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“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

“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every 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

In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

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.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing 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 costs—to face the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501139239
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 109,074
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of Daisy Jones & the Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. To learn more, visit

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo



    MARCH 2, 2017

    Film legend and ’60s It Girl Evelyn Hugo has just announced that she will auction off 12 of her most memorable gowns through Christie’s to raise money for breast cancer research.

    At the age of 79, Hugo has long been an icon of glamour and elegance. She is known for a personal style both sensual and restrained, and many of Hugo’s most famous looks are considered touchstones of the fashion and Hollywood archives.

    Those looking to own a piece of Hugo history will be intrigued not only by the gowns themselves but also by the context in which they were worn. Included in the sale will be the emerald-green Miranda La Conda that Hugo wore to the 1959 Academy Awards, the violet soufflé and organdy scoop-neck she donned at the premiere of Anna Karenina in 1962, and the navy-blue silk Michael Maddax that she was wearing in 1982 when she won her Oscar for All for Us.

    Hugo has weathered her share of Hollywood scandals, not the least of which being her seven marriages, including her decades-long relationship with film producer Harry Cameron. The two Hollywood insiders shared a daughter, Connor Cameron, who is no doubt the influence for the auction. Ms. Cameron passed away last year from breast cancer soon after turning 41.

    Born Evelyn Elena Herrera in 1938, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, Hugo grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. By 1955, she had made her way to Hollywood, gone blond, and been rechristened Evelyn Hugo. Almost overnight, Hugo became a member of the Hollywood elite. She remained in the spotlight for more than three decades before retiring in the late ’80s and marrying financier Robert Jamison, older brother of three-time Oscar-winning actress Celia St. James. Now widowed from her seventh husband, Hugo resides in Manhattan.

    Preternaturally beautiful and a paragon of glamour and daring sexuality, Hugo has long been a source of fascination for moviegoers the world over. This auction is expected to raise upward of $2 million.

  • Reading Group Guide

    This reading group guide for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

    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 jump-start 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.

    Topics & Questions for Discussion

    1. Each husband’s section opens with an illustrative moniker (for example, “Poor Ernie Diaz,” “Goddamn Don Adler,” “Agreeable Robert Jamison”). Discuss the meaning and significance of some of these descriptions. How do they set the tone for the section that follows? Did you read these characterizations as coming from Evelyn, Monique, an omniscient narrator, or someone else?

    2. Of the seven husbands, who was your favorite, and why? Who surprised you the most?

    3. Monique notes that hearing Evelyn Hugo’s life story has inspired her to carry herself differently than she would have before. In what ways does Monique grow over the course of the novel? Discuss whether Evelyn also changes by the end of her time with Monique, and if so, what spurs this evolution.

    4. On page 147, Monique says, "I have to 'Evelyn Hugo' Evelyn Hugo." What does it mean to "Evelyn Hugo"? Can you think of a time when you might be tempted to "Evelyn Hugo"?

    5. Did you trust Evelyn to be a reliable narrator as you were reading? Why, or why not? Did your opinion on this change at all by the conclusion, and if so, why?

    6. What role do the news, tabloid, and blog articles interspersed throughout the book serve in the narrative? What, if anything, do we learn about Evelyn’s relationship to the outside world from them?

    7. At several points in the novel, such as pages 82–83 and 175–82, Evelyn tells her story through the second person, “you.” How does this kind of narration affect the reading experience? Why do you think she chooses these memories to recount in this way?

    8. How do you think Evelyn’s understanding and awareness of sexuality were shaped by her relationship with Billy—the boy who works at the five-and-dime store? How does her sensibility evolve from this initial encounter? As she grows older, to what extent is Evelyn’s attitude toward sex is influenced by those around her?

    9. On page 54, Evelyn uses the saying “all’s well that ends well” as part of her explanation for not regretting her actions. Do you think Evelyn truly believes this? Using examples from later in her life, discuss why or why not. How do you think this idea relates to the similar but more negatively associated phrase “the ends justify the means”?

    10. Evelyn offers some firm words of wisdom throughout her recounting of her life, such as “Be wary of men with something to prove” (p. 77), “Never let anyone make you feel ordinary” (p. 208), and “It is OK to grovel for something you really want” (p.192). What is your favorite piece of advice from Evelyn? Were there any assertions you strongly disagreed with?

    11. Several times, Evelyn mentions having cosmetic surgery. What was your reaction to this? How do these decisions jibe with the value system and ethical code that she seems to live by? Why do you think Evelyn continues to dye her hair at the end of her life?

    12. Review the scenes on pages 199 and 348, in which Evelyn relays memories of conversing in Spanish after years without speaking it. Discuss the role language plays in her understanding of who she is. In what ways does her relationship to her Cuban identity parallel her experiences with her sexuality, and in what ways does it differ?

    13. If you could meet and interview one celebrity at the end of their life, who would it be? What would you ask them?

    Enhance Your Book Club

    1. In the book, Evelyn Hugo starred in her first movie in 1956. Consider hosting a classic Hollywood movie night for your group, watching films from that year with similarly iconic stars, such as Grace Kelly in High Society or Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop. For added fun, have everyone dress up in their best Evelyn Hugo–emerald green outfits.

    2. Monique Grant impresses both her boss and Evelyn with her article on the right-to-die movement. For an in-depth look at this controversial topic, consider reading Wild and Precious Life by Deborah Ziegler with your book club. This memoir chronicles a mother’s last year with her child, Brittany Maynard, who captured national attention with her vlog about deciding to end her life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    3. Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of four other novels: One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Pick one to read as a group and compare it with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. What are the messages about love in this other book, and how do they align or contrast with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo?

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    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Best book I've read in a long time and I read constantly. Couldn't put it down. I've only given 5 stars to 6 books I've read and I have read hundreds of books on every genre. I will continue to read this author and pass it on to my mom. She deserves a great book too.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book took some time to get into. Not my favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid novel but still worth reading.
    mweinreich More than 1 year ago
    The life portrayed in this book of Evelyn Hugo is not surprising to many who have followed what goes on in Hollywood. Many in the movie business will do anything, be anyone, sacrifice their own inner selves for the fame and fortune offered by tinseltown. Evelyn was no exception. Evelyn became a movie star in the fifties. Her ability and her beauty carried her into decades of fame. However, her way of achieving and keeping that fame and those cameras clicking propelled her through seven husbands while hiding a secret that would have destroyed her career. Evelyn sacrificed herself and what she truly wanted to make herself happy to be a star. Her life seemed to be one of manipulation, always plotting and planning on how to make herself be at the forefront of the Hollywood glitteratti. At the end of her life, she comes to terms that all the money, all the fame, all the accolades and the people fawning over her really meant nothing. She gave up the life she really wanted for fame and fortune, never really able to capture what she really needed the love of a very special person. Truly sad but showing that as the saying goes money can not buy happiness.
    DontTelltheBoss More than 1 year ago
    This was probably one of the best books I have read in ages. It captivated my attention all the way though. I loved the writing style. After the first few chapters, I had to keep reminding myself that this book was a work of fiction! It read like a juicy autobiography. It was hard to put down and I would rush home from work so I could read it! I 100% recommend this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I could not put this book down! It was so different from anything I have read lately and I really enjoyed it. It made me think!
    Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
    Great Read Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood Evelyn’s story takes place over several decades and falls into one of my favorite genres of books – the golden age of Hollywood. I love reading stories set in Hollywood from the ‘30s – ‘60s. It is difficult to write about this book without giving away any spoilers. I want others to read this book and be just as surprised as I was when secret after secret is revealed, and with seven marriages against a scandalous Hollywood backdrop, there were plenty of secrets! I will say that this story tackles real issues of our time and the struggle of those who are just as human as the rest of us being forced to lie about themselves and hide who they really are. There was a good twist to the ending of the story, although I had my suspicions about halfway through the book so it wasn’t a shocker. But still a good twist nonetheless. I found myself immersed in Evelyn’s world, and I didn’t want to leave. If you enjoy this genre, you should give this book a try! Read Full Review at:
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I hardly ever take the time to write reviews because I'm always so anxious to move onto my next book. But this book I found to be nothing short of utterly fantastic! It was surprising and totally unpredictable . Every day I simply couldn't wait to get back to it, and I found myself wishing I had more time to read it. I cannot recommend it enough.
    bribookishconfessions More than 1 year ago
    FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. This book is everything. I sobbed for a good 30 minutes for the last 10-15% of the book. This book was nothing like I expected it to be and it was everything I expected in a TJR book. This book was so much more than the seven husbands in her life and the romance, it was about her life and the struggles she went through. And let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy life for her. You never know what route TJR will take with her stories. She always takes you by surprise and usually always leaves you hanging and wondering what is going to happen next. I would classify this more as woman’s lit and not romance. I’m not one to read that genre, but since last night I have been SWEARING up and down by this book trying to get other friends to read it. (and failing miserably). I just want to tell them what happens so they will understand how much I loved this book. But I don’t want to spoil anything for them because it’ll just ruin the entire story. But how exactly do you push people to read this amazing book!? That is the question because I know a lot of people will adore this book like I did. Some may not like it and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s still an amazing story from a VERY talented writer! This is now my 3rd time reading one of her books and I’m still swearing by her books. Though, now this one takes the cake of the other 2 and is now one of my favorite books probably of all time. The other 2 books I’m referencing to is Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves. This book is so beautiful, so real, and very emotional. I cannot stress how much I need people to read this because this is just one of those everyone needs to read and you will see after reading. Promise.
    DeediReads 11 days ago
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most hyped books on Instagram, but it took me a long time to finally read it. And it was great, just as everyone said it was. A masterwork in storytelling, compulsively readable and heart-wrenching. The main character of the story is Monique, a 30-something woman attempting to carve a space for herself in the world of impactful journalism. Then Evelyn Hugo, a retired mega movie star who had famously been married no less than seven times, reaches out to the magazine Monique works for and requests an audience with her — and her alone. When Monique arrives, she learns that she’s to write Evelyn’s biography. What follows is an account of Evelyn’s life, so different from what everyone thinks, told husband by husband. And yet none of them are the great love of Evelyn’s life. By the end, Monique comes to learn why Evelyn insisted on her as the author, and the realization is incredible. I couldn’t put this one down and read it in only a few days — if it had been a weekend, I could have finished in one day. It wasn’t a life-changing work of literature, but it was incredibly enjoyable and really unique. I loved it.
    Renwarsreads 4 months ago
    This book was so good! It was and wasn't what I expected it to be. I loved the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood during Evelyn's heyday. Evelyn was such a complex character which started for her as a young girl after the loss of her mother. She loved fiercely and would do anything to protect the people she loved and her "family." If you crossed her you paid the price. The story of her life was so touching and brought up so much emotion for me.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved this book so much!! Highly recommend! Taylor Reid Jenkins, you Rock! Please keep writing!
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    EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
    Despite the fact that this book freaking advertises that there will be a big, unpleasant twist at the end, I still had no idea what that twist was going to be. I also had no idea how much this book was going to wreck me, or how painful and empowering I'd find Evelyn's story, or how attached I'd become to the various characters who walk in and out of her life, including the secondary protagonist, Monique. THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is about being a woman in Hollywood and about how much harder women have to work to succeed, but it's also about the boxes we put people into and the types of stories we tell about ourselves, and about the struggles that result when we deny the most fundamental parts of ourselves because that's what the rest of the world wants. I could not put it down.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Fun, fast read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    4.5/5 A wonderful story following perhaps the most compelling character I've ever read. I almost googled "is Evelyn Hugo real" several times while reading because she just felt like a real person being interviewed? Incredible. And the story is so glamorous and Golden Age Hollywood and stunning.
    Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
    While I do enjoy the occasional Hollywood-based historical fictionesque books (see The Swans of Fifth Avenue) or ones that delve into the lives of the social elite (see also The Devil Wears Prada, Gossip Girl and maybe even The Nanny Diaries) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo wasn’t initially on my radar. Then people started talking. Then people with very similar reading tastes to my own started talking, so I finally decided to give it a shot… This book was so much more than I imagined. I immediately loved the tone (primarily of Evelyn’s narration, Monique’s voice is so-so) and to give you an idea of how hooked I was – I went away to Maine for a long weekend and while the rest of the group was playing drinking games, I was curled up on the couch in the cabin, reading this book. I had no idea this book would have such depth. I was ready for your standard scandals and affairs (yeah, see Gossip Girl again), but there’s way more to this book than meets the eye. Evelyn’s story starts out as a somewhat standard story of a girl from nowhere who claws her way out of poverty and away from abuse, into the somewhat abusive world of the silver screen and changes her looks and uses her body to get where she needs to go. That was not particularly shocking. But the way Evelyn speaks about her experiences gave her story a lot of life. Then you get into the husbands. Each one gets his own section of the book, which I liked. There are also newspaper clippings thrown in here and there regarding her relationships, breakups, etc. But among those seven husbands are other relationships, both meaningful and not so much. One thing I haven’t heard talked about as much is the gay/lesbian/bisexual rep in this book. I can’t recall if I heard about it beforehand, but if I did, I forgot. I was pleasantly surprised by how much rep there was in this book and the way it’s discussed among those who represent (ex: lesbian vs bisexual). Each relationship of Evelyn’s adds more to her story and the complexity of her life. I just think you should read this book. I’m giving it all the stars. All of them! I don’t know how to talk about how good it is. As the end neared, I could tell something was coming. Prior to that happening, I cried. Real tears! Despite knowing from the start that all Evelyn’s husbands are dead, one of the deaths had me unexpectedly emotional. Then the “twist” at the end had me tearing up all over again. If you like fictional memoirs, historical fiction, celebrity fiction, LGB relationships, Hollywood, tough females, crying and surprising messages about being true to yourself and finding love and creating your own family, then you really need to get your hands on this book. It’s a rare occasion, but I agree with the hype. The hype is real, people!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have never read/listened to a book like this. It wasn't just a story but sort of.. biography/story if you will. The way it was written the plotting of each (blank) AGj I would just sit in my car after work at home and forget to go inside because I was just drawn to this story!!!you will not be unhappy with this but you'll feel when your all done that you just need more from this author!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Evelyn Hugo is the actress of the century and she has picked a junior journalist to entrust her story to and the question throughout is why. . . Sometimes and especially this time I loved knowing that there was a secret harboring underneath and the way Taylor Jenkins Reid unfolded a great story while still holding on to that one nugget was just right. I liked that she didn't continue to remind you that she was holding something from you, she just continued the story knowing that you were wondering in the background.
    MMFinck More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely flawless. Ambitious! Sexy. Beautiful depictions of love. Fascinating portrayal of contrition and lack thereof. I read it at breakneck speed because I couldn't stop reading it. I woke up at 4am. Instead of falling back asleep, I read more. I've read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid's books. This one is still "her" but also new. I loved, loved, loved it. Highly recommend.
    Tiff_MostlyYALit More than 1 year ago
    Most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are about love – romantic and otherwise. They feature contemporary characters, people who might be your best friend or your sister or your uncle. They’re people you could be friends with, or friendly with, and good people you unquestioningly feel for. This one is different. While it still includes TJR’s trademark wisdom, directness, and honesty, the characters and themes make this book stand out from the rest of her oeuvre. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about an unapologetically strong, fierce, feminist of a main character. Someone who could be deemed unlikeable, someone definitely not shy, polite, or ready to just take things as they are. Let me backtrack. As the synopsis indicates, writer Monique Grant is unexpectedly given the opportunity to write the tell-all memoir of Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo. It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Monique’s not sure why it’s her chance. Still, the offer is too good to turn down. The novel alternates between scenes of Monique interviewing Evelyn and Monique’s own emotional history, but largely looks at Evelyn’s life, upbringing, and eventual stardom with her husbands as benchmarks. You’ll quickly realize is that as much emphasis as the title (and in some ways, the world of the novel) places on Evelyn’s marriages, it’s not about the husbands at all. It’s about Evelyn – her desperation in poverty, her recognition of her own beauty and sexuality, and her understanding of how to use those gifts to her advantage. What TJR has done with Evelyn Hugo is present a character who is unabashedly strong. There is no one like Evelyn Hugo in any of her previous books. No one who could be seen as both hero and villain, and no one as publicly vilified and vindicated at every turn. Every action that Evelyn makes throughout the novel has subtext. It’s these layers that make her such an extraordinary character. For someone who has read almost all of TJR’s work, it’s a surprise. It feels a little jarring at first, because you’re not going to love these characters like your friends. And yet, it’s a departure that is completely understandable given the state of politics in the US. Add to that the fact that Taylor just had a daughter, and the dedication of the book makes perfect sense. TJR tells her daughter to “smash the patriarchy.” To me, there’s no doubt that Taylor did that with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. To say more about the plot would rob you of some of the surprises – and you need them. In fact, to me, the only part of this book that kept me from absolutely loving it was that the plot occasionally felt a little predictable. It’s like when you watch any kind of biopic of a performer – there are always moments that you can see coming, but you know they have to happen, even if it is a little cliche. In Evelyn Hugo, that felt especially true at the end. The good thing is that despite the occasional predictability, and the fact that this book is a complete departure for TJR, it’s still a TJR book. It still has Taylor’s amazing secondary characters, incredible friendships, and moments of wisdom that make you nod and cry and highlight.
    Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
    I have to admit, I only glanced at the synopsis before deciding I wanted to read this story. When it comes to Taylor Jenkins Reid, no matter what the story is about, I’m reading it. So I went into this story almost completely blind. And let me tell you, it was such a great decision because I had no idea what I was in for. Monique is a struggling magazine writer when Evelyn Hugo chooses her, and only her, to write her autobiography. Evelyn Hugo is a very well-known 1950’s starlet, one of the biggest out there, and her story has never been told before. This is HUGE for Monique, and she’s unable to turn it down. Getting to be the one to FINALLY tell Evelyn’s story, including her secrets, is a chance of a lifetime. And the money that Evelyn is offering her is outrageous and unable to be turned down. So Monique and Evelyn begin meeting in Evelyn’s house, where she slowly and thoroughly tells her entire life story. The majority of this story is about Evelyn and her rags-to-rich life story. There are a few times when the story switches back to Monique’s current day life, but those instances are quite rare. It’s just enough to get to know Monique on a level that she’s no longer a stranger to us. We don’t get to know her like we know Evelyn, by any means, but we still feel for her and are curious why Monique is the only one who Evelyn will speak to about her life. Evelyn, on the other hand, we get to know VERY well. We learn things about how that we could never imagine. We love her. We hate her. She infuriates, disgusts, and even amazes us. She’s such an amazing character, and I loved the depth to which TJL introduced her to us. Evelyn felt like such a real starlet with a very realistic and true-to-life story to tell. I loved getting to go husband by husband, year by year, tragedy by tragedy. Evelyn’s life story was, simply put, incredible. The switching back and forth between Evelyn’s past and the current day were done flawlessly. I was never left confused or unsure what was going on. And I have to mention how addicting this story was. With romance, it’s usually more of a relaxing, yet entertaining read for me. But this one! WOW! I seriously could NOT put it down! All adulting went out the window when I was reading this book. It was amazing. Truly amazing. Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of those authors that I KNOW will impress me with every story. I’ve read all of her books except for one so far, and I’ve adored every single second of them. I can’t recommend her enough! I think this one just may be my favorite book of hers, and that says a lot since I believe I’ve rated every single one 5 stars! ♥ If you enjoy romance, women’s fiction, adult fiction, really any fiction, give Taylor Jenkins Reid a try. You won’t be disappointed by what this incredible writing genius can do with a story.
    KateUnger More than 1 year ago
    Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. She has the gift of storytelling. All of her books contain artfully constructed webs of plot and tremendously likable characters. This book is pretty wonderful, although it skews a little more towards character development than plot. Evelyn Hugo has been the star of Hollywood for many generations, and she’s finally ready to share her story with the world – including the truth about her seven marriages. She selects Monique Grant seemingly out of nowhere. Through a series of meetings, Monique learns all the intricate details of Evelyn’s life, and the catch is that she has to write Evelyn’s biography or no one will. The book is written in chapters alternating between Evelyn’s tale, with one chapter per husband, and Evelyn and Monique’s interactions in between. What a life Evelyn had! Wow. Reid has strung together quite a tale in this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s shocking and wonderful and tragic all at the same time. It will not make you envious of Hollywood life. The characters are rich and well developed. My only complaint about this book is that I could have done without the Monique plot line. I think Evelyn’s story could have stood on its own. That being said, I still loved this book, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s not my favorite TJR book, but it’s still a mastery. It’s only because her other works are so amazing, that I even felt like I couldn’t give this book 5 stars. I needed to differentiate her books a little in my ratings.
    CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
    This is such a unique book. I don’t know that I have ever read a book like this before. When I picked it up I thought oh boy… here we go a woman who married 7 men. What kind of story could this be? Oh my, I was wrong. This is amazing. I could not read it fast enough. This is not just a romance, a love em and leave em story there is so much more. Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote a story set around a young girl from a poor family in the 1950’s heading to Hollywood to make it as an actress. The hoops she had to jump through, the people she had to be friends with, and the things she had to do to become an A+++ lister. There was scandal and love, friendship and fake friends, family and foes that all came together for the perfect story. The tie between Monique and Evelyn was interesting. I feel like Evelyn had secrets that I wasn’t sure she would be able to share yet Monique seemed to know what questions to ask, where to push, and when to back off while getting the story of her lifetime. I had no idea what would tie them together or how their lives intersected and was intrigued to find out. Taylor Jenkins Reid has once again written a book full of emotion. She is a must read author for me.