The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid came to me so incredibly highly recommended but once I started reading, I knew this book was just not for me. However…I still highly recommend it! Keep reading to see why!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is 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.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
EVERYONE loves this book. Let me stress this…EVERYONE.
When I posted a photo of this book on both Facebook and Instagram, the responses were overwhelmingly positive! Not ONE single person said that they didn’t like it! How rare is that?!
So I began to read. In fact, I read 150 pages.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has such a way with words and writing beautiful stories. Have you read One True Loves? If not, you should. I adored that book!
So here’s the thing…it took me over 40 years to realize this fact about myself but now that I know it, it is such a powerful tool when it comes to book selections.
I strongly dislike memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies.
Finishing Michelle Obama’s book felt like a chore (my thoughts on her book are HERE). The book itself was beautifully written and her story was wonderfully interesting…I just found myself so bored with all of the details. And this is EXACTLY the way that I felt about Evelyn Hugo.
Granted this book is NOT a memoir, autobiography, or a biography….but….the entire premise is this fictitious character her telling her entire life story to someone so that person can take it and write a tell all. So pretty much the same thing.
I tried…I did…and it’s a LOVELY book…it’s just not for me. HOWEVER, I would highly recommend it to others! From what I did read, it was wonderful and well written. This is NOT a negative review! I personally just couldn’t get excited about hearing all of the details of her life and found myself so completely disconnected from all of it. Exactly how I would feel reading any memoir, biography, or autobiography…
Once I decided to stop reading, I Googled the book summery so I could read how the rest of the book played out. I’ll be honest…reading all of the details of this book make me even more confident in my decision to move on.
I so wish I enjoyed this genre! I would be allllll over Jessica Simpson’s new book if I was…have any of you read it???
Evelyn Hugo was not a book for me…but might be a book for you!
Did you read this book? What did you think? Do you enjoy reading memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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