The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the historical fiction novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was published in June 2017 by Atria Books and has a page count of 400 pages. The audiobook is read by Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan & Roblin Miles and is 12 hours & 10 minutes in length. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamourous 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. Summed 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.

This was a fun read. I loved that Evelyn insisted that she not be made out to be a good person in her biography. The relationships were realistically messy and complicated. My favorite thing about Evelyn is no matter how much she tried to convince others of things she never lied to herself.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Genoveba Ortega Alvarez. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel, Cell by Stephen King. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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