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From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress s relentless rise to the top the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long held secrets the public could never imagine.Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant fo From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress s relentless rise to the top the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long held secrets the public could never imagine.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 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 through the decades 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.Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid s signature talent, this is a fascinating 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 takes to face the truth Get A CopyKindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple 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did know HOW he died, when, and where, so why wouldn t she have put two and two together the moment Evelyn tells her No, but what bothered me is she did know HOW he died, when, and where, so why wouldn t she have put two and two together the moment Evelyn tells her about Harry s death less hide spoiler flag See all 3 questions about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Lists with This Book Best Books of 2017 794 books 1,294 voters Historical Fiction 2017 287 books 592 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jul 01, 2017 Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves chick lit, botm, 2017 Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything I can t say for sure what drew me to this book It s not the kind of thing I usually pick up, and I haven t read anything by Reid before But something about it intrigued me So I checked out the kindle sample Just a couple chapters, I figured, because I probably wouldn t like it anyway And I was HOOKED.It s perfect, easy beach read material It s not particularly deep, it Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything I can t say for sure what drew me to this book It s not the kind of thing I usually pick up, and I haven t read anything by Reid before But something about it intrigued me So I checked out the kindle sample Just a couple chapters, I figured, because I probably wouldn t like it anyway And I was HOOKED.It s perfect, easy beach read material It s not particularly deep, it does not take the genre to new levels or make you think about something new, and yet it DID feel different Evelyn Hugo s story was so delicious and compelling that it stood out, and kept me turning pages in a desperate need to discover the stories behind her seven husbands, and the answer to the one question everyone wants to know who was her greatest love The framing of the story reminded me a lot of The Thirteenth Tale Like that book, in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a young woman this time an ambitious journalist called Monique Grant goes to interview an elderly woman Unlike The Thirteenth Tale, this elderly woman happens to be one of the most famous actresses in the world.Evelyn Hugo has lived a life in the public eye, but she is full of secrets Only she knows what happened behind the scenes in her long career of scandals and highly publicized heartbreaks Just like the fictional world of the book longed to know the truth so did I Reid and Evelyn s habit of giving you just enough to leave you wanting was incredibly exciting Throughout, we are encouraged to wonder why someone like Evelyn Hugo would specifically request a relatively inexperienced journalist like Monique Why Monique What is Evelyn hiding The I got to know Evelyn, the I fell in love with her She has made a lot of controversial decisions during her career, but she knows it and she also knows she d probably do it all again She s played the Hollywood game, dated famous men to further her career, and used her body to get what she wants She has experienced the full force of the industry s sexism and, in some ways, capitalized on it She is deeply flawed and aware of it She has traded important aspects of her identity for fame, roles, money She was a badass Cuban woman working in an industry that didn t like women to be badass or Cuban She manipulated and she lied Despite everything, I liked her.I stayed fully engrossed in the story of Evelyn Hugo and of Monique Grant from the opening chapters when Evelyn demanded an interview with only Monique, through decades of Hollywood in all its shimmering ugliness, right until the ending s final reveals I enjoyed every moment.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 333 likesLike see review View all 16 comments May 06, 2017 Elyse rated it it was amazing Evelyn Hugo, born Evelyn Elena Herrera, daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up poor in Hell s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City By 1955 she was in Hollywood Evelyn is beautiful.as tall and slim as a ballerina, with straight thick eyebrows, oversize almond shape eyes, blonde hair, dyed only after she arrives in Hollywood to help her get acting roles , rich, powerful, charming, and exudes a casualness and confidence that makes her all the radiating This enchanting lovely woman was Evelyn Hugo, born Evelyn Elena Herrera, daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up poor in Hell s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City By 1955 she was in Hollywood Evelyn is beautiful.as tall and slim as a ballerina, with straight thick eyebrows, oversize almond shape eyes, blonde hair, dyed only after she arrives in Hollywood to help her get acting roles , rich, powerful, charming, and exudes a casualness and confidence that makes her all the radiating This enchanting lovely woman was humble down to earth in areas that mattered Yes, she had seven husbands, too I was quickly bewitched, fully captivated by Evelyn Hugo It was her calm wisdom humble but direct speaking that moved me She made a distinction about words and how they can be misleading, that made me want to SCREAM OUT AND SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT There was a scene early in the book where it was very clear how one word could induce shame Words really can hurt and paint evil pictures preachingassumptions before asking sarcasm..etc I sat and thought about all the times people have used words not chosen them carefully and as a result I d feel hurt or belittled I m no better I also thought about times I did the same to others Words do hurt and damage the spirit and the trust of relationships Ms Hugo, 79 year old Hollywood legend, handled those wrong words with grace, correcting teaching inspiring her new friend at the time while having compassion for herself Her purpose was not to hurt her friend who spoke the wrong words but also not to allow for the misleading word to be, misleading I started reading slower wanting to take in every word out of Evelyn Hugo s mouth , when I realized this Hollywood notable Starlett was sincerely deserving and worthy of the fans she has a celebrity to love I soon discovered this classy gorgeous woman had acute self awareness, high levels of emotional intelligence, clearly socially aware, and relentlessly lived a full life of many experiences filled with joy and challenges I felt like I was given a gift absorbing wisdom from this 79 year old woman Her life experiences were fascinating, glamorous, scandalous and she herself was extraordinary I was learning from this fictional character Monique Grant, Evelyn s new friend, 35 years old, is an unknown reporter at Vivant , in Los Angeles Evelyn wants Monique to write a book about her life story Everyone in the journalism community including Monique s boss, Frankie, were shocked that Evelyn asked for Monique ONLY Monique or no deal at all There are some complications for Monique to figure out with work plus her husband, David just left her not even married a full year , but her life is about to change Why did Evelyn pick Monique to write her book We wonder right away We also want to know about Evelyn s life her husband s and which one she loved the most We have many questions as we take this journey and it s delicious with many insightful life lessons and messages.Intimacy closeness trust and real friendship grows as Monique listens to Evelyn s life story Monique is past the point of remaining objective She knows how specular of a human being Evelyn is Against all of her journalistic integrity Monique feels a full range of emotions for her Monique begins to feel a deep connection and love with Evelyn There are many juicy stories that get revealed about Evelyn s past marriages, relationships, and movies she stars in, Father and Daughter , Little Women , and the title role in Anna Karenina , however when Evelyn begins to share about her present day lifea secret door becomes unhinged Both women will have to face the truth together My final words THIS NOVEL IS EARTH SHATTERING FABULOUS FANTASTIC WONDERFUL soooooo GOOD I can barely stand it It s not what you think it is I laughed, I cried, and thankful that this book kept me cozy company while sick in bed Many Thanks Atria Books, Netgalley, Jamie, my friend who demanded I not wait for the audiobook book as planned that I RUN over to Netgalley and begged for this book and then drop everything and start reading if given the opportunity bless you Jamie Girl and last to Taylor Jenkins Reid you really out did yourself with this novel amazing Love You for it flag 206 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Oct 06, 2017 Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves e book, fiction literature, contemporary fiction, axis360, 2017 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a 2017 Atria Books publication.A story so well written I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction The cleverly titled novel appealed to my interest in old Hollywood, the scandals and cover ups the public never had the slightest clue existed Evelyn Hugo is a faded movie star in advanced years who has decided to write her life story a deliciously scandalous tell all with a sharp focus on her seven marriages To help with this task, she lures Monique Gra The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a 2017 Atria Books publication.A story so well written I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction The cleverly titled novel appealed to my interest in old Hollywood, the scandals and cover ups the public never had the slightest clue existed Evelyn Hugo is a faded movie star in advanced years who has decided to write her life story a deliciously scandalous tell all with a sharp focus on her seven marriages To help with this task, she lures Monique Grant to her home under false pretenses, but soon seduces her into agreeing to take the job, by making her an offer she couldn t resist The story moves slowly at first while Evelyn settles into her story and Monique learns how to handle Evelyn, often using Evelyn s own advice against her to gain leverage But, once they have come to an understanding, Evelyn s story takes center stage and what a story it was The first question Monique asked Evelyn is Who was the great love of your life It seems like a reasonable enough question, considering Evelyn s numerous marriages, but it turns out to be much complicated than what it may seem on the surface I admit, I sat literally spellbound and mesmerized by Evelyn and her turbulent life as an actress and movie star, and the amazing twists and turns her life took in search of personal peace, love, and contentment Her storytelling was an Academy Award performance Evelyn made concessions along the way to fame, allowing herself to be recreated by erasing her Cuban heritage and features, as well as leaving her first husband for a chance at fame and fortune Her love life takes many twists and turns as does her career, but what the public witnessed was nothing at all like what went on behind closed doors Her life was like the old Hollywood is all smoke and mirrors adage personified.While Monique is the interviewer, her life and background deserves a close look She is depressed over her failed marriage and her seemingly dead end position at work This gig is worth the incredible risk she takes, but she could never have guessed the monumental impact Evelyn Hugo would have on her life Naturally, I thought of Elizabeth Taylor and her many marriages, but the story also had a hint of Marilyn Monroe s humble beginnings as well However, a few of Evelyn s leading men mimicked or could have been modeled after real movie stars from that era as well But, the most significant points come from the relationships Evelyn developed, outside of the public eye, and how they managed to keep the situation a secret for so many years Each husband is given their own chapter with a special title that applies to them personally or to Evelyn s relationship or opinion of them I disliked many of them, and really loved others, as did Evelyn But beware of Evelyn s spin on things She is determined to tell this tale her way and her outlook is often a matter of perspective As things progress, I began to see how Evelyn s influence on Monique begins to take hold She gives good advice even if it sounds selfish, greedy, or cold She didn t get to be the great Evelyn Hugo without some verve Although there are strong passages regarding sexuality, and the hidden secret lives people were forced to resort to in those days, for me, the powerful transformation Monique undergoes under Evelyn s tutelage is what sticks with me the most Now, this story could have worked as a fictional tell all from Hollywood s golden age, but there are a couple of Fasten your seatbelts, it s going to be a bumpy night moments you won t see it coming, which left me utterly speechless and completely flabbergasted My emotions exploded in a million different directions at that point The conclusion is riddled with rich bittersweet irony, but couldn t have been fitting Overall, this is an incredibly well written story, very atmospheric, multi layered, thought provoking, and utterly hypnotizing Someday, I would like to re read this one so I can absorb all those nuances I missed leading up to that stunning conclusion This one was so good I had a little book hangover for a couple of days Highly recommend flag 127 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Julie Adina wrote I keep bumping into this one Great review and you made me add it to my TBR Thank you, Adina I hope you enjoy it Happy reading Oct 10, 2017 05 22AM Deanna I m just catching up on your reviews I can t believe I missed these My feed is so messed up But I m glad I found these now Great review, Julie I m just catching up on your reviews I can t believe I missed these My feed is so messed up But I m glad I found these now Great review, Julie Oct 10, 2017 02 19PM Aug 17, 2017 PorshaJo rated it really liked it Shelves challengereads, audio, challengereads 2017, traveling sisters read Rating 4.5So here is a little secret..when I travel via plane, I make a b line to the sundries shops in the airports to read the rag magazines I will stand in there and read a bunch of them cover to cover I love it Something about those juicy stories that you think they can t be true, right , something about getting the glimpse of the stars and the outrageous stories, it s a guilty pleasure Reading this one by Talylor Jenkins Reid, gave me that same wonderful, guilty pleasure feeling Rating 4.5So here is a little secret..when I travel via plane, I make a b line to the sundries shops in the airports to read the rag magazines I will stand in there and read a bunch of them cover to cover I love it Something about those juicy stories that you think they can t be true, right , something about getting the glimpse of the stars and the outrageous stories, it s a guilty pleasure Reading this one by Talylor Jenkins Reid, gave me that same wonderful, guilty pleasure feeling But this one, I enjoyed so much .This was my first Traveling Sister Group Read and it was so much fun discussing this one with everyone Here you learn the life story of starlet Evelyn Hugo From when she was very young living in NYC, to making her move to Hollywood, and through her yes, seven husbands It was quite the scandalous read When I saw early review of this one, I was hooked And that covergorgeous I don t want to say too much other than to read this one It truly was a great read that kept me enthralled the entire time I listened while on the exercise bike and just didn t want to get off, I wanted to keep listening The audio was very good, winning an ear phones award, and the voice of Evelyn just drew me in like she was talking to me Not normally the type of book I read But every now and then, you need a juicy story, that almost borders on chick lit Is that wrong to say So glad I read this one.For a fab review on how all the sisters felt on this one, you can see the entire review by Brenda All of our Traveling Sisters Group Read Reviews can be found on the blog flag 123 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Aug 20, 2017 Norma rated it it was amazing Shelves traveling sister reads 4.5 Stars Traveling Sisters Group Read which I read along with Brenda, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and my Mom, Linda It was another awesome experience to read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO with this wonderful group of ladies Thank you everyone who participated in this group read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by TAYLOR JENKINS REID was a surprisingly good read for me that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish It was a fun, wicked, and an absolutely engaging read Highly recommend thi 4.5 Stars Traveling Sisters Group Read which I read along with Brenda, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and my Mom, Linda It was another awesome experience to read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO with this wonderful group of ladies Thank you everyone who participated in this group read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by TAYLOR JENKINS REID was a surprisingly good read for me that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish It was a fun, wicked, and an absolutely engaging read Highly recommend this glamorous, scandalous, touching, and emotional saga The full Traveling Sisters Review can be found on Brenda s and my sister blog flag 116 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Jan 31, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves womens fiction chicklit, absolute favorites, adult content, historical fiction, stand alone novel, listened to audiobook, lgbtq, amazing audio, re read, ff, read 2017, one click authors This stunning, emotional, spitfire book is about old Hollywood teaching an unsuspecting innocent a thing or two about success in all its forms and doing whatever it takes to get it The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features alternating timelines as an aging starlet Evelyn Hugo participates in a journalism interview of her life story Lucky for us, her answers take on a life of their own, allowing readers to be sucked back in time to an era of glamour, strategy, and secrecy Be aware that it s This stunning, emotional, spitfire book is about old Hollywood teaching an unsuspecting innocent a thing or two about success in all its forms and doing whatever it takes to get it The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features alternating timelines as an aging starlet Evelyn Hugo participates in a journalism interview of her life story Lucky for us, her answers take on a life of their own, allowing readers to be sucked back in time to an era of glamour, strategy, and secrecy Be aware that it s oh so easy to forget this is fiction It feels like an actual memoir the execution is flawlessand our fresh faced journalist is not the only one learning life lessons here Evelyn s character shares perspectives on equality issues, relationships, the spectrum of sexuality, the cost and consequences of success, and taking ownership of and responsibility for one s life It s also about how times have changed, and although opportunities of significance are becoming and accessible to women these days, sometimes we are the ones who continue to stand in our own damned way So do yourself a favor and learn to grab life by the balls, dear Don t be so tied up in trying to do the right thing when the smart thing is so painfully clear It seems we all can learn something from Evelyn Hugo Check it out My favorite quote People think 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 6 15 2017 Can t help myself I m reading it again before it goes back to the library 36 14 2017 OMG I adore this book I knew early on it would be going on my favorite s list Highly recommend.Full review to come flag 95 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jun 14, 2017 Jennifer Kyle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites 5 STARS Seven husbands Which one did she love best Which one was the real one I m a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid books and in this novel she presents the life story of an Hollywood icon who seems to have randomly picked our heroine to write this priceless piece The story is not what I expected yet was executed and delivered expertly and left me in awe of Miss Reid s talent I will tell you my life story in a way that will be beneficial to both us Although, to be honest, mainly you T 5 STARS Seven husbands Which one did she love best Which one was the real one I m a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid books and in this novel she presents the life story of an Hollywood icon who seems to have randomly picked our heroine to write this priceless piece The story is not what I expected yet was executed and delivered expertly and left me in awe of Miss Reid s talent I will tell you my life story in a way that will be beneficial to both us Although, to be honest, mainly you The now aged icon starts at the beginning of her life and leads a reader and our writer, Monique through the story of her scandalous life Evelyn is a beauty being the envy of men and woman alike She light up the stage, her sex appeal, her talent, her strength, and let s not forget seven failed marriages I ve spent a very long time learning how to spin the truth It s hard to undo that wiring Evelyn does harbor a secret that she has kept out of the papers and in which makes this story a bit scandalous yet in the end beautiful I devoured the story, I loved how the author even tied in Monique to the plot and in the end the last line will stay with me for a very long time flag 95 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Aug 16, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing 4.5 StarsTraveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and Linda sisters mom The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a unique, delicious, fun, steamy, and stunning story that reads like a tell all memoir with rich and scandalous content that had us all flipping those pages as fast as we could Not one of those pages were boring Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job creating and bringing together realistic, rich, diverse and well developed characters to life th 4.5 StarsTraveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and Linda sisters mom The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a unique, delicious, fun, steamy, and stunning story that reads like a tell all memoir with rich and scandalous content that had us all flipping those pages as fast as we could Not one of those pages were boring Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job creating and bringing together realistic, rich, diverse and well developed characters to life that we all quickly loved and adored Even some of the not well loved characters brought some kind of lesson, insight, and wisdom into the story through all of the topics and situations that incurred throughout Evelyn s life Taylor Jenkins Reid uniquely leads us through Evelyn s life as she relays her life story to writer Monique which is told to us in husband sections Through Evelyn s telling we learn about Evelyn s life that she shared with her seven husbands and we could see and feel her struggles, and how calculated yet graceful she was to keep herself in the limelight We admired her determination and strength Taylor Jenkins Reid does a great job weaving in so many different scenarios and topics within the storyline We loved how we could see how vulnerable she was and how she refused to let that stop her to get what she wanted We all really enjoyed all the stories and each section of the husbands and their title and found them fitting to each husband It was a very clever and unique way to introduce us to each husband The husband and story we all loved the most of Evelyn s was Brilliant, Kind hearted, Tortured Harry Cameron Their relationship sparked the most emotion in us and we really enjoyed their very special relationship Taylor Jenkins Reid does such an excellent job with each of the husbands stories and we could really see how much Evelyn grows and learns something about herself through each of her husband s and the relationship she had with them.We all really enjoyed the tabloid articles that were weaved into the story adding a sensational feel to this story for us Taylor Jenkins Reid does a brilliant job of making Evelyn so real by deriving insight from her, giving her many words of wisdom Throughout our discussion, we really enjoyed sharing her words of wisdom that we thought highlighted her story even as we were reading We really enjoyed her insight and wisdom that she brought to her own story So we can t leave this review without sharing one The world doesn t give things, you take things The ending left a few of us teary eyed and caught us all off guard as we never saw it coming At times it felt a little over the top but it really worked for us and in the end, it left us wondering how many relationships, similar scenarios, and cover ups really do happen in Hollywood It had us thinking and picturing different actresses and discussing who we felt was similar to Evelyn and who she reminded of us and would go to the lengths that Evelyn did to stay in the limelight.All of our Traveling Sisters Group Read Reviews can be found on Norma s and my sister blog flag 87 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Jul 27, 2017 Bentley Bookbastion.net rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites See this review and like it on www.bookbastion.netWhen I think back on my reading habits from a year ago and compare them to today, it makes me so glad that I started book blogging Without this wonderful community of avid readers, I never would have discovered this book It is far outside what I d normally pick for myself to read, but finding it was like finding a diamond in the rough, if the rough is the bookstore I was unleashed onto when I committed to buying it Thanks to a few fellow See this review and like it on www.bookbastion.netWhen I think back on my reading habits from a year ago and compare them to today, it makes me so glad that I started book blogging Without this wonderful community of avid readers, I never would have discovered this book It is far outside what I d normally pick for myself to read, but finding it was like finding a diamond in the rough, if the rough is the bookstore I was unleashed onto when I committed to buying it Thanks to a few fellow reviewers I trust completely who were raving about it, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try a new genre for a change I m so glad I did because this was stunning, and Evelyn s story moved me in ways I didn t anticipate it would when I started.I like to think this dichotomy between the cover and the unexpected intricacies of Evelyn s story was a clever deception on the author and publisher s part Giving this book a title that mirrors tabloid headlines about a Hollywood icon is very in keeping with the way Evelyn is valued by the industry itself An industry in which her worth is directly correlated to her appearance as Evelyn Hugo, the actress, while disregarding the complexities and intricacies present in Evelyn Herrera, the woman behind the icon Watching Evelyn s story unfold was the most fun I ve had all year I couldn t put this book down A reader might think they ve got her figured out, and then Taylor Jenkins Reid goes ahead and peels back another layer Part of me would love to shout from the rooftops some of the spoilers present in this story because I loved them, but I think the journey through to those revelations is too important to spoil For a story set in the decades between 1950 and the present, the themes and political discourse that is threaded through the narrative are still stark and important For those of you who seek diversity in your stories, I hope you ve got this novel on your radar Evelyn and Monique are both WOC and there are diverse characters as well Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at weaving their experiences as women with thematic elements of love, self discovery and embracing truths that are not always self evident into both her lead character s journeys Their stories are topical, relevant and achingly real They serve as an especially important reminder for those who might assign value onto women and celebrity icons for their appearance and status while failing to recognize the person behind the image and that we all make flawed choices from time to time.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is brilliant, compelling and a triumph of my reading year thus far I m going to keep my eye out for books by this author in the future 5 5 stars flag 80 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Oct 12, 2017 Carol Bookaria rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, favorites, 2017, top 2017 What an amazing book This novel tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a famous Hollywood actress that started her career in the fifties She s almost 80 years old and wants to have her autobiography written by a relatively unknown journalist named Monique Monique is as astounded as most people are to learn that the highly successful and reclusive Evelyn Hugo wants her to write the story of Evelyn s life but she agrees and this is the beginning of this remarkable book.The story is told from the points What an amazing book This novel tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a famous Hollywood actress that started her career in the fifties She s almost 80 years old and wants to have her autobiography written by a relatively unknown journalist named Monique Monique is as astounded as most people are to learn that the highly successful and reclusive Evelyn Hugo wants her to write the story of Evelyn s life but she agrees and this is the beginning of this remarkable book.The story is told from the points of view of Evelyn and Monique and alternates between the present and the past The writing is beautiful and Evelyn Hugo is an amazing character, I am so glad I got to spent some time getting to know her.The novel is engaging, complex as well as entertaining.Overall I loved the book and highly recommend it to all flag 79 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Carol Bookaria Jennifer wrote Yes I love this book Great review Happy to hear that Jennifer Jennifer wrote Yes I love this book Great review Happy to hear that Jennifer Oct 13, 2017 10 13AM Carol Bookaria Candace wrote Terrific review, Carol Thank you Candace Oct 13, 2017 10 13AM Aug 13, 2017 Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves arcs and goodreads first reads, best of 2017 Here s a well done late summer vacation read this is a very entertaining and absorbing story full of old school Hollywood glamour A reclusive screen siren in her late seventies, Evelyn Hugo, summons an unknown junior writer at Vivant magazine, Monique Grant, to write her biography It is made clear from the start that Evelyn has some ulterior motive for selecting Monique and part of the fun is trying to puzzle that out it won t be exactly what you think it is The real story, though, is Evel Here s a well done late summer vacation read this is a very entertaining and absorbing story full of old school Hollywood glamour A reclusive screen siren in her late seventies, Evelyn Hugo, summons an unknown junior writer at Vivant magazine, Monique Grant, to write her biography It is made clear from the start that Evelyn has some ulterior motive for selecting Monique and part of the fun is trying to puzzle that out it won t be exactly what you think it is The real story, though, is Evelyn s as she narrates her life story to Monique She s an unusual character, unlikeable at times, but very frank and candid about her choices and decisions in life.Just this side of chick lit, but well done with a refreshing modern twist I liked it Not great literature, but a good story well told that you ll lose yourself in for a few days.Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the gift of a hardcover copy of this book love that colorful cover flag 79 likesLike see review View all 19 comments May 13, 2017 Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves ebooks, arc NOW LIVE 5 stars I want them to know the real story The real me All right Show me the real you, then And I ll make sure the world understands Evelyn Hugo is an iconic aging actress, famous for her work in the movie industry but also famous for having been married seven times to seven men Monique Grant is a writer for a magazine, but has been in a bit of a career rut as of lately On top of that she s getting divorced, so she jumps on the opportunity to in NOW LIVE 5 stars I want them to know the real story The real me All right Show me the real you, then And I ll make sure the world understands Evelyn Hugo is an iconic aging actress, famous for her work in the movie industry but also famous for having been married seven times to seven men Monique Grant is a writer for a magazine, but has been in a bit of a career rut as of lately On top of that she s getting divorced, so she jumps on the opportunity to interview the famous Evelyn Hugo When she meets Evelyn, she discovers Evelyn wants than a simple article, she wants to tell her life story to Monique for a biography And Monique is getting the story exclusively I ve spent a very long time learning how to spin the truth It s hard to undo that wiring I absolutely loved this story Taylor Jenkins Reid has this uncanny ability to suck you into the lives of her characters and never let you go They feel so utterly genuine, I felt as if I was a part of their lives instead of an outsider reading about them Reid also does an amazing job developing her characters, I was rooting for all of them to get what they want and to achieve their goals.I never really know what to expect when I dive into a book by Reid, but I can honestly say this book was full of surprises and twists I didn t see coming This book spans from the 1950 s to the present day, and we get to know all of the loves of Evelyn s life Evelyn herself was enchanting, I found myself fascinated by her life story, her choices and her perseverance While love was a motivating factor, to me this was mostly a story about success and survival Evelyn was always going to do what it takes to be a star and stay at the top, and she would fight for what she wanted.Hollywood and the film industry can be a ruthless place but it can also be one where greatness can be achieved for the lucky ones I think Reid captured the industry and the time periods this story took place in perfectly This is one of the best books I ve read all year and I think if you go into it with an open mind and a kind heart, you ll fall in love with this book like I did If you love someone enough, you should be able to overcome anything ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me on Facebook Blog Instagram Twitter flag 83 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Jun 28, 2017 emma rated it really liked it Shelves owned, recommend, historical, non ya, diverse, reviewed, 4 stars WOW I NEVER POSTED THIS What a pleasant surprise After dozens of unposted unwritten reviews, finally an unposted but written one Life is beautiful.But first off I can call this first off if I freaking want to I wanna say DON T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT HISTORICAL FICTION CAN T BE DIVERSE Tell that anthropomorphized tennis ball they re either uncreative or a secret bigot or a full on dunce or ALL THREE Because this book pulls it off with than a tablespoon of grace, I ll tell you th WOW I NEVER POSTED THIS What a pleasant surprise After dozens of unposted unwritten reviews, finally an unposted but written one Life is beautiful.But first off I can call this first off if I freaking want to I wanna say DON T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT HISTORICAL FICTION CAN T BE DIVERSE Tell that anthropomorphized tennis ball they re either uncreative or a secret bigot or a full on dunce or ALL THREE Because this book pulls it off with than a tablespoon of grace, I ll tell you that.My guy, there aren t even that many characters in this book And we re following the majority of them starting in the 1950s Not exactly, y know, the peak of support for diversity in America AND STILL WE DON T LACK FOR REPRESENTATION Do you get how great that is I m ready to punch the whitesplainers of Disney s Frozen in their boring pale faces The word Frozen is actually a reference to the lack of movement in the creativity centers of their brains Follow for behind the scenes Disney Pixar facts This book includes three three interracial relationships Actually, it s like ten if you count the fact that our protagonist is Latina Yes This may be the bare minimum, but I m so used to YA wherein one pale as snow teen romances a gasp pale as paper teen Diversity in young adult books one character is of Western European descent and the other Eastern European Talk about a vanilla romance Buh dum ch This book proves how effortless it is to provide diversity It s as simple as dropping a few words in the description, and the difference in the believability and intricacy of the story is incredible I will say we don t often get a good look at the variance in culture that comes with diversity here Evelyn Hugo, though the daughter of Cuban immigrants, purposefully represses her heritage in order to fit in with the whitewashed 1950s and 60s cinema scene Our narrator, though half black, expresses a fear that someone will tell her she s not black enough I wish the ethnic diversity played a little into the text, but it didn t feel unrealistic or anything The reasoning was explained.But there s even diversity Like, it gets even better Because, again, despite the time setting, this book contains A SH T TON of LGBT rep And these are some of the most beautifully portrayed LGBT relationships I ve ever read If you don t read this book for anything else, read it for that fine ass inclusion, boi.Beyond that, this is the ultimate guilty pleasure book IT IS SO FUN READING ABOUT OLD HOLLYWOOD AND OLD MOVIES I wanted to watch the entire Evelyn Hugo canon after this, and then it was like, oh wait, she s not real.I don t have much else to say This is chick lit y historical fiction at its finest It s just so fun Some people say they got bored halfway through, and I get why you could, but I didn t I really fell in love with the world of this book, and the depiction of Old Hollywood, and all that jazz.A lot is revealed over the course of the book, and the best part is just being surprised at each twist and turn, so I don t want to go to specifics even a little I m just going to cut off this review here before I risk, like, accidentally mentioning that Evelyn Hugo s third husband turned her into a vampire and she was a vampire the whole time and she turns Monique at the end of the book Damn it Bottom line This is very fun and cool and maybe even important Read it This isn t true, by the way Duh This book It s really great.I got a hell of a lot than I bargained for Not sure what the rating is between 4 and 5 but MAN I m hype to write this review flag 64 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 05, 2017 Pavlina Read sleep less blog rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, want to read soon, best cover, arc 5 EMOTIONAL STARS I have no words, I m speechless.For one time Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers an emotional and unique story.This story is unforgettable and unlike anything I have read so far I have read almost all of her books and I can tell you that this one is so different ,yet so fantastic.Evelyn is a very interesting character, and I was surprised by the direction that the story has gone.So I believe that you should go blind with this one.This way you are going to enjoy it even When 5 EMOTIONAL STARS I have no words, I m speechless.For one time Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers an emotional and unique story.This story is unforgettable and unlike anything I have read so far I have read almost all of her books and I can tell you that this one is so different ,yet so fantastic.Evelyn is a very interesting character, and I was surprised by the direction that the story has gone.So I believe that you should go blind with this one.This way you are going to enjoy it even When I finished this story I was in tears,I m still thinking about it.It touch me in so many ways.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a powerful story that everyone must read I don t know what else to expect from Taylor Jenkins Reid,whatever she writes is pure perfection and the writing simply beautiful and flawless flag 63 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 19, 2017 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was my first Traveling Sister Read, and I enjoyed the book, and the discussion with the group, immensely In true Hollywood style, movie starlet Evelyn Hugo was presented to us as glamorous and sultry with an elusive vulnerability, plenty of scandal, and an array of various husbands Every page brought Evelyn to life, and I was struck by how real she and all the characters were Because Evelyn was complex and three dimensional, we had a great discussion about he The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was my first Traveling Sister Read, and I enjoyed the book, and the discussion with the group, immensely In true Hollywood style, movie starlet Evelyn Hugo was presented to us as glamorous and sultry with an elusive vulnerability, plenty of scandal, and an array of various husbands Every page brought Evelyn to life, and I was struck by how real she and all the characters were Because Evelyn was complex and three dimensional, we had a great discussion about her insight and wisdom shared with us through memorable quotes One might think, based on the some of the topics, this book would be light or outlandish, but there was depth and several important messages conveyed by Evelyn s journey through her marriages and life in general I admired Evelyn s strength While I was frustrated with her at times, she never took the easy path The acknowledgements section of the book is not to be missed Taylor Jenkins Reid s words to her mom, husband, and daughter cemented the important messages of this book grit and determination, acceptance both inner acceptance and acceptance of others , and true love Overall, I loved this book It never went in the direction I thought it would, and it kept me flipping the pages This was my second TJR book, and I have learned that when she writes on a topic and or about characters, she brings them to life completely Every page is important every word has a purpose It s a pleasure to read her stories To see the full review, please visit Brenda s and Norma s blog 2017 Read 24 flag 69 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Jul 05, 2017 Megan Johnson rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, botm club To be totally honest with you, I wasn t sure what to expect from this book I just really loved the cover and every time I saw someone recommend it I kept thinking I m gonna read that because of that cover Fast forward to now, and maybe I should start reading beautifully covered books often The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is exactly what it sounds likeokay, maybe not EXACTLY but for the most part it s Evelyn Hugo discussing her 7 yes, 7 marriages If that sounds like a lot, you To be totally honest with you, I wasn t sure what to expect from this book I just really loved the cover and every time I saw someone recommend it I kept thinking I m gonna read that because of that cover Fast forward to now, and maybe I should start reading beautifully covered books often The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is exactly what it sounds likeokay, maybe not EXACTLY but for the most part it s Evelyn Hugo discussing her 7 yes, 7 marriages If that sounds like a lot, you d be right If it sounds boring, you could not be wrong There are secrets and scandals and manipulations that even a true villain would respect And boy oh boy did I not see that ending coming I generally dread the endings of books, not because I don t want them to end but because I feel like at least half the time they re a letdown all of that build up just to feel like the author didn t know what to do with them But this book, thank you dear Taylor Jenkins Reid, is one that will forever live on in my short list of perfectly executed endings What did I think Despite having no idea what I was getting into, this not being a book I would normally gravitate toward, and never having been married myself, I couldn t put this book down Each character was just likable enough and just realistic enough to be endearing, and every moment felt like it was one that could really be lived All in all, a fantastic telling of a life in the spotlight Should you read it If you enjoy stories of classic Hollywood, thrive off of stories of love gone sour, or just want to get wrapped up in the life of someone far dramatic than yourself, pick this one up Not only is it being praised across the internet, but it s one that will be hard to forget once you know what it s all about flag 52 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 07, 2017 Iris P rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, audio books, strong female characters The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoMesmerizing and poignant yet deliciously wicked In other words, the perfect Summer read Full review to follow flag 49 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Mar 16, 2017 Gabby rated it it was amazing Shelves favorite male characters, romance, own, cover lust, love the concept, favorite female characters, inspirational, incredible plot twists, arc or won or received, emotional, amazing ending, love triangle, reviewed, contemporary, adult, read in one day, 5 star books, glbt or other, all time favorites, new adult, books to reread in the future, read in 2017, actors or hollywood FULL BOOK TALK THANK YOU to Atria Books for sending me an ARC.I can honestly say I ve never read a book like this before This story is so incredibly unique and original and heart breaking and beautiful Taylor Jenkins Reid has been one of my favorite authors recently, and this book is even better than I imagined it would be This is unlike any of her other books, and unlike anything I ve even read I loved reading about the scandal and craziness of FULL BOOK TALK THANK YOU to Atria Books for sending me an ARC.I can honestly say I ve never read a book like this before This story is so incredibly unique and original and heart breaking and beautiful Taylor Jenkins Reid has been one of my favorite authors recently, and this book is even better than I imagined it would be This is unlike any of her other books, and unlike anything I ve even read I loved reading about the scandal and craziness of being an actress in the 1950 s movie scene I loved reading about Evelyn s romance and heart break and her incredible life story I started reading it this morning and literally couldn t put it down, hours later I was in tears and finished the story and I feel like I ll never forget these characters and how this story has affected me This story is so much than just the life story of a Hollywood actress It s incredibly moving, and emotional everything you would expect from a Taylor Jenkins Reid novel and .I loved everything about this book Taylor Jenkins Reid is the queen flag 45 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 20, 2017 Andie rated it liked it Shelves contemporary, romance, chick lit, arcs sent from author or publisher, read in 2017 I ve been putting this review off for a few weeks now and I m still uncertain about how to approach it Because unlike most people, I did not love this book Nor did I hate it either, though My feelings lay somewhere in between and that s a hard place to sit What s most surprising to me is that there is a TJR book that I m not head over heels in love with The story started off intriguing enoughMonique Grant, writer who hasn t quite made a name for herself yet, gains the opportunity of a li I ve been putting this review off for a few weeks now and I m still uncertain about how to approach it Because unlike most people, I did not love this book Nor did I hate it either, though My feelings lay somewhere in between and that s a hard place to sit What s most surprising to me is that there is a TJR book that I m not head over heels in love with The story started off intriguing enoughMonique Grant, writer who hasn t quite made a name for herself yet, gains the opportunity of a lifetime when Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo chooses her to write her biography Monique having no ties to Evelyn is understandably baffled, why her Nevertheless, she agrees to do the piece and begins meeting Evelyn each day to hear her story and hopefully learn the reasoning behind Evelyn s choice of author THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO reads as a narrative of Evelyn s life At first, I was completely sucked into the glam and glitz of a Hollywood starlet And like Monique, I couldn t help but wonder why her I formed my own speculations and let me tell you, each one of them was wrong All seven husbands held a purpose and in their own way helped Evelyn become the sensation that the world knows her as There is so much drama, gossip, secrets, and intrigue that it s easy to get swept away and lost inside of it all Buuuuttsomewhere along the way I stopped caring and dare I say, I was bored I m not entirely sure what happened Maybe there was TOO much drama for me Maybe it was the fact that there wasn t one single likeable character, aside from Harry, but in the end even he held a secret that I was not 100% okay with Or possibly this was just bad timing for me I think this quote just about sums up how I feel about Evelyn I hate Evelyn, but I think I like her very much I wish she had never existed, and yet I can t help but admire her a great deal Because you see, Evelyn is NOT a good person She does questionable things and never once considers or cares if she hurts anyone else And yet you do understand her reasoning behind everything You see, very complicated feelings Either way, TJR s writing is amazing and I love that she took risks and wrote something completely out of her usual zone This may not be headed to my favorites shelf but I do know that many, many other people will enjoy this book and I recommend it to anyone wanting to read something new and unique Thank you to Atria Books and Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review flag 50 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jul 14, 2017 Erin rated it it was amazing Shelves july 2017, written by women Taylor Jenkins Reid is a Old Hollywood fan You can tell from reading this book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is part faux memoir part commentary on what life as a Hollywood actress in the 1950 s 60 s Evelyn Hugo is jigsaw puzzle that s pieces are slowly put together as you read it As a Old Hollywood fan I spent this book trying to figure out which real life actresses Evelyn Hugo was based off of I have a list but I won t reveal it because two of the actresses would be spoilers Th Taylor Jenkins Reid is a Old Hollywood fan You can tell from reading this book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is part faux memoir part commentary on what life as a Hollywood actress in the 1950 s 60 s Evelyn Hugo is jigsaw puzzle that s pieces are slowly put together as you read it As a Old Hollywood fan I spent this book trying to figure out which real life actresses Evelyn Hugo was based off of I have a list but I won t reveal it because two of the actresses would be spoilers The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is elegantly written, rich in detail, just really really good Evelyn Hugo is carefully crafted and I m kinda mad she s not real because I think she would be in my top five Old Hollywood actresses If you live for Hollywood gossip read this book If you love books written for women by women read this book If you like beautiful, heartbreaking, and captivating stories read this book Basically everyone read this book flag 45 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jul 25, 2017 Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a fun read that kept me entertained until the end Since I knew a twist was coming based on reviews I read ahead of time, I figured it out long before the end but that didn t take away from the tale in the slightest I loved all of the Hollywood stories and the manner in which Evelyn s story unfolded The book was not at all what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed reading it and was glad I did flag 37 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 26, 2017 Erin rated it it was amazing Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything Wow I just started working at a new school and when I mentioned at a staff meeting yesterday that reading was my hobby, one of my new co workers said she went home and grabbed her last two great reads to share with me The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of the two Now if anyone has been in contact with a teacher at the beginning of the school year, you know we re crazy Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything Wow I just started working at a new school and when I mentioned at a staff meeting yesterday that reading was my hobby, one of my new co workers said she went home and grabbed her last two great reads to share with me The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of the two Now if anyone has been in contact with a teacher at the beginning of the school year, you know we re crazy tired getting back into our routine and we have almost no time to commit to pleasure reading, but this book, once started is so hard to put down Each of Evelyn s husbands are given their due as the Hollywood starlet retells her story to an up and coming journalist, Monique Grant, but not for an article as the latter believes Rather, Evelyn Hugo wants Monique to write her memoirs, a tell all, in which she plans to reveal the greatest love of her life But Monique wonders exactly what prompted the actress to speak now and where she fits into this puzzle Dear Goodreaders, this book is definitely one of the best books of 2017, without a doubt I know those are dangerous words to use, but I felt this was one of the most mesmerizing tales that I have read in awhile I literally couldn t leave this book and carried it everywhere Thank goodness I did my laundry and tidied up my home before beginning to read because so far this has been a very unproductive Saturday morning Give it a try I don t think you ll be disappointed flag 31 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sep 21, 2017 IreneOust rated it it was amazing Recommends it for EVERYONE Shelves favorites, epic love story, own on kindle, maximum satisfaction, this is why i love to read, best in its genre, epic, 6 stars and beyond, elite author, will reread for sure, best of 2017, top ten reads 2017, book of the year 2017 Where is the EPIC rating button when you need one I can honestly say this book is one of THE best books I ve ever read Without a doubt From exquisitely written original story, heroine your heart aches for and everything in between, this book OWNED me I read it literally everywhere I went in the last 48 hours I simply couldn t stop I even rescheduled a couple of appointments and cancelled a lunch date so I can finish and I regret nothing.Emotional Original Superbly written Unforgettabl Where is the EPIC rating button when you need one I can honestly say this book is one of THE best books I ve ever read Without a doubt From exquisitely written original story, heroine your heart aches for and everything in between, this book OWNED me I read it literally everywhere I went in the last 48 hours I simply couldn t stop I even rescheduled a couple of appointments and cancelled a lunch date so I can finish and I regret nothing.Emotional Original Superbly written Unforgettable This kind of story writing is why I LOVE to read If you ever picked up a book based on one of my recommendations and enjoyed it, trust me on this Absolutely, positively, 100% worth the hefty price tag because this is the kind of book you ll most likely reread than once Taylor Jenkins Reid is new to me author but I am now a fan of life Cheers P.S This would make an EPIC movie and or series flag 30 likesLike see review Mar 08, 2017 Grey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 stars First off, thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid in exchange for my honest review This was my very first TJR ever I know, insaneright Trust me, when I say, I understand the appeal now I am above all, a lover of words I am a reader, a writer and I talk, a lot, obviously I had been going through than a bit of a dry spell 6 months roughly, 60 65 books, without a 5 star read, before this bit of amazing, hit First off, thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid in exchange for my honest review This was my very first TJR ever I know, insaneright Trust me, when I say, I understand the appeal now I am above all, a lover of words I am a reader, a writer and I talk, a lot, obviously I had been going through than a bit of a dry spell 6 months roughly, 60 65 books, without a 5 star read, before this bit of amazing, hit my kindle I have to be honest with you all I was nervous No, let s be frank, I was terrified I wanted to be impressed yet, was the build up going to ruin it for me This was, after all, the Taylor Jenkins Reid we were talking about Everyone loves her books, she s like a magical genie in the literary world and what if I didn t like this book maybe I was broken and I d never have a 5 star read ever again See terrified But, I shouldn t have worried This book was all that, and then some .I don t like to give spoilers in my reviews, so I will just tell you I ran the gamut of emotions in this book Up, down, left, right, loops, swoops and turns You ll cry, cheer, rage and simply stare in numb bewilderment, wondering where in the world some of these people could possibly come from The simple answer is, they came from the creative genius, that is the author, Ms Jenkins Reid It is with my most humble respect, that I predict this book will top many Best of 2017 lists at the end of the year my own, most definitely included A fictional tale but will many wonder, like I did, could there be a kernel of truth buried deep somewhere amongst the pages Oh, my hat is off to you, Madam Story Teller Extraordinaire The only sort of criticism I had, was a medical event that would not have played out in real life as it did in the book but that can be blamed on my real life experience as a medical professional and first hand working experience of many years worth of crisis situations However, that was so minor that it s hardly worth mentioning, and certainly not enough to take away even a fraction of a star for.So I guess what my not so short review should be saying is I give The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 5 stars for masterful storytelling, world building, ceiling shattering, heart mending or is it heart breaking just truly awe inspiring words Thank you again, to NetGalley for allowing me the privilege of reviewing this copy prior to its release And thank you to TJR for creating such multifaceted characters that you can t help but breathe their story, especially when it hurts flag 30 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Jun 22, 2017 Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves ebooks, netgalley, read2017 Perfect vacation or beach read, well paced, about a Hollywood star confronting the truths of her life as she dictates it to a biographer It asks questions about marriage and friendship and what you sacrifice for goals or love The rest of it is better discovered by the reader Thanks to the publisher for approving my request through NetGalley. flag 29 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 23, 2017 Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, favorites, 2017 reads, library To be completely honest, going into this, I expected run of the mill chick lit, which, don t get me wrong, I love most of the time, but I just kept thinking, What makes this book so special that it s garnering all this attention Let s just say that shortly into this, I realized what all the hype was about and found myself wrapped up in the glamorous, tragic, complicated, and, most of all, human life of Evelyn Hugo I m not one to recap plots in great detail because there are so many reviewers To be completely honest, going into this, I expected run of the mill chick lit, which, don t get me wrong, I love most of the time, but I just kept thinking, What makes this book so special that it s garnering all this attention Let s just say that shortly into this, I realized what all the hype was about and found myself wrapped up in the glamorous, tragic, complicated, and, most of all, human life of Evelyn Hugo I m not one to recap plots in great detail because there are so many reviewers who do so much better than I could, but, basically, this novel follows the life and transformation of Evelyn Hugo alongside her seven husbands, her fellow actress closest friend, Celia St James, and her producer friend, Harry Cameron Along the way, we learn of Evelyn s life in the spotlight, from how she got to the A list, to how, eventually, her star began to fade ever so slightly The story alternates between Evelyn s flashbacks and the current day story of writer Monique Grant, who interviews Evelyn to capture her essence and her truth I loved both storylines but was glad that the focus was on Evelyn and that Monique s story never really took away from the central plot This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and it most definitely will not be my last The way she wrote the characters and the setting, she completely captured the bygone era of old Hollywood and made me feel as if everything were so real More than once, I found myself wanting to Google Evelyn, Celia, Harry, and so many of the other characters to see what they looked like, what movies they all had a part in, how their lives turned out, etc., but then I had to remind myself that the Hollywood that Reid created is all make believe Seven Husbands is just so, so believable that I couldn t believe none of the characters were real This book truly makes you wonder just how similar the lives of real celebrities are to those in the story I was glad that my initial doubts were disproved, that this book was much, much than standard, fluffy chick lit the character development was strong and there were questions and themes that really make you think.I just love the premise of the story, the important issues discussed within, and the vivid, achingly real characters flag 35 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 05, 2017 Joce squibblesreads rated it it was amazing Absolutely spectacular.My full review is at this link flag 27 likesLike see review Jun 13, 2017 Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, physical arcs, best of 2017 All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comCan we start by taking a moment of silence to appreciate the beauty of that absolutely stunning cover It s breathtakingly gorgeous and it s even so in person This book was different than what I had expected, I assumed it would be a campy, lighthearted read where an aging movie star detailed her life It actually had way depth and heart than that, it explored some substantial themes including sexism, racism and sexuality especially All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comCan we start by taking a moment of silence to appreciate the beauty of that absolutely stunning cover It s breathtakingly gorgeous and it s even so in person This book was different than what I had expected, I assumed it would be a campy, lighthearted read where an aging movie star detailed her life It actually had way depth and heart than that, it explored some substantial themes including sexism, racism and sexuality especially as they were handled in the 50 s and 60 s Monique is shocked when her editor informs her that the Evelyn Hugo is doing her first interview in years and has specifically asked for her In fact, she won t do it unless Monique is the writer The why isn t answered until much later, but the journey there was a captivating experience What s , when they meet for the first time Evelyn tells her she s actually ready to tell the story of her fascinating and tragic life that no one in the world knows and she wants Monique to write a book The addition of the mystery as to Evelyn s true motivations was constantly in the back of my mind, but when it was revealed, I have to admit I was pretty shocked The clues were all there, I just missed them It s told in sections separated into one for each of Evelyn s seven husbands The bulk is told in the past and there are a few scenes in the present, mostly Monique reacting to what Evelyn has just told her The big question is who was the true love of her life I found myself so curious about this and was really into the story of her life The price of fame is high and Evelyn paid dearly Evelyn was a highly complex woman, she s bold, unflinching, fierce, unapologetic and surprisingly tender and vulnerable as well She was so well crafted that I felt like I was getting the inside scoop on a Hollywood icons life even though she s fictional It was so glamorous, scandalous and filled with juicy gossip but it was also emotive and touching, I even cried at one point It really read like the epic saga of one woman s life and I enjoyed every mesmerizing page of this book flag 27 likesLike see review Jun 12, 2017 Giselle Book Nerd Canada rated it it was amazing Shelves arc physical, from publishers, own, 2017, genre romance slow burn, diverse characters, 5 star, genre historical, genre romance lust, genre lgbt, memorable, genre contemporary, genre romance, cried my eyes out, age adult, book hangover, genre romance hate to love I ve read one other book of Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it just as much as this Her writing is absolutely worthy of praise She brings characters to life Forms and moulds them into realistic characters that you want to befriend and even root for Namely Evelyn Hugo, with the looks and figure of Marilyn Monroe with the mysterious life of Elizabeth Taylor, this is the character I imagined her to be But her honest and in depth life was portrayed so beautifully, I couldn t help but cry by the I ve read one other book of Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it just as much as this Her writing is absolutely worthy of praise She brings characters to life Forms and moulds them into realistic characters that you want to befriend and even root for Namely Evelyn Hugo, with the looks and figure of Marilyn Monroe with the mysterious life of Elizabeth Taylor, this is the character I imagined her to be But her honest and in depth life was portrayed so beautifully, I couldn t help but cry by the end of the book Evelyn is the most ambitious and tenacious character I have read lately She s anything but perfect, and I love how Reid portrayed her She is wholly vulnerable and strong all at the same time I think most people reading this will either love or hate her Maybe even a bit of both And all the other characters They hold no candle to what was really going on There s something I can t talk about because it s a major spoiler but I m sure anyone can agree the romance is passionate and wild and uninhibited I loved every single bit of it All these characters have no shame They don t apologize for being exactly who they are, and I found it so new and refreshing.The only parts that bothered me was how she uses men I know she would do anything and everything to rise to the top, but it also felt very wrong and unequal for her character to do that But what do I know It was set in earlier times And for a character to be so modern thinking in an era of time that wasn t Well it felt off I loved reading about how fake everything in Hollywood really was How everything was controlled by these characters to spin a story Can t help but think that they do this in our own society every day This was one emotional roller coaster that I couldn t stop reading It also pulled me out of my 26 day reading slump Grab this one if you re looking for a quick read that will have your heart being pulled or twisted into different directions I m such a fan of Taylor s writing now, and I need to read all her previous novels flag 26 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 20, 2017 Mercedes Fassero rated it it was amazing STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK I ve been a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid since I read Maybe in Another Life so to say that I could not wait to get my hands on this book is the understatement of the year Armed with nothing but the synopsis Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life I dove right in and it was pure magic This is unlike anything I ve ever read before and it s unlike anything I ve read by TJR and I truly believe sh STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK I ve been a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid since I read Maybe in Another Life so to say that I could not wait to get my hands on this book is the understatement of the year Armed with nothing but the synopsis Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life I dove right in and it was pure magic This is unlike anything I ve ever read before and it s unlike anything I ve read by TJR and I truly believe she outdid herself I don t want to write much about the actual story because part of my love for the story came from the unexpected, from all the moments I just didn t see coming But I will say this, Evelyn Hugo is not some you will forget you will love her, hate her, you ll root for her, she ll break your heart and you won t always agree with her but most of all her you ll wish she was real This book deserves a chance, it s different, it s bold and it s not one you ll forget quickly flag 27 likesLike see review View all 11 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Kindle Book Club SPOILER ALERT, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Reading Completed 1 9 Sep 30, 2017 09 59PM Kindle Book Club Discussion, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Reading In Progress 1 6 Sep 30, 2017 09 55PM Around the Year i The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid 4 41 Sep 08, 2017 12 15PM Play Book Tag The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 5 stars 21 32 Aug 22, 2017 06 33PM Play Book 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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Emily May

Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything I can t say for sure what drew me to this book It s not the kind of thing I usually pick up, and I haven t read anything by Reid before But something about it intrigued me So I checked out the kindle sample Just a couple chapters, I figured, because I probably wouldn t like it anyway And I was HOOKED.It s perfect, easy beach read material It s not particularly deep, it

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Elyse

Evelyn Hugo, born Evelyn Elena Herrera, daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up poor in Hell s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City By 1955 she was in Hollywood Evelyn is beautiful.as tall and slim as a ballerina, with straight thick eyebrows, oversize almond shape eyes, blonde hair, dyed only after she arrives in Hollywood to help her get acting roles , rich, powerful, charming, and exudes a casualness and confidence that makes her all the radiating This enchanting lovely woman was

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Julie

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a 2017 Atria Books publication.A story so well written I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction The cleverly titled novel appealed to my interest in old Hollywood, the scandals and cover ups the public never had the slightest clue existed Evelyn Hugo is a faded movie star in advanced years who has decided to write her life story a deliciously scandalous tell all with a sharp focus on her seven marriages To help with this task, she lures Monique Gra

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
PorshaJo

Rating 4.5So here is a little secret..when I travel via plane, I make a b line to the sundries shops in the airports to read the rag magazines I will stand in there and read a bunch of them cover to cover I love it Something about those juicy stories that you think they can t be true, right , something about getting the glimpse of the stars and the outrageous stories, it s a guilty pleasure Reading this one by Talylor Jenkins Reid, gave me that same wonderful, guilty pleasure feeling.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Norma

4.5 Stars Traveling Sisters Group Read which I read along with Brenda, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and my Mom, Linda It was another awesome experience to read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO with this wonderful group of ladies Thank you everyone who participated in this group read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by TAYLOR JENKINS REID was a surprisingly good read for me that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish It was a fun, wicked, and an absolutely engaging read Highly recommend thi

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Jennifer

This stunning, emotional, spitfire book is about old Hollywood teaching an unsuspecting innocent a thing or two about success in all its forms and doing whatever it takes to get it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Jennifer Kyle

5 STARS Seven husbands Which one did she love best Which one was the real one

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Brenda

4.5 StarsTraveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and Linda sisters mom The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a unique, delicious, fun, steamy, and stunning story that reads like a tell all memoir with rich and scandalous content that had us all flipping those pages as fast as we could Not one of those pages were boring Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job creating and bringing together realistic, rich, diverse and well developed characters to life th

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carol (Bookaria)

What an amazing book This novel tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a famous Hollywood actress that started her career in the fifties She s almost 80 years old and wants to have her autobiography written by a relatively unknown journalist named Monique Monique is as astounded as most people are to learn that the highly successful and reclusive Evelyn Hugo wants her to write the story of Evelyn s life but she agrees and this is the beginning of this remarkable book.The story is told from the points

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