The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn looks at me with purpose. “Do you understand what I’m telling you? When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things. If you learn one thing from me, it should probably be that”.
I will be the first to admit that I was hesitant to read this book…… in a world that is so incredibly saturated with celebrity, I just did not have the desire to read what I perceived to be a spin on a celebrity gossip magazine in book form. How wrong I was and how I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner! If you have not read The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hugo, do so immediately. IMMEDIATELY. This book defies description. It is so gorgeously executed that by the time I finished it, I had to remind myself that I had not just read the biography of an extraordinarily complex, real life woman, but rather a work about a fictitious, flawed human being who was just the product of Taylor Jenkins Reid's phenomenal imagination. The multi layered plot drew me in quickly and I finished this book in a day’s time. The way Reid wrote the manipulation of the Hollywood machine as well as the media was just brilliant. I was putty in her hands as I turned the pages faster, wanting to have all the answers as to why Evelyn was so drawn to Monique and what their connection might be. I don’t want to discuss much about the plot since it greatly enhanced my reading experience going in fairly blind, but suffice it to say it is gorgeous and heavy hitting. I expected to get shallow fluff and instead found myself immersed in a captivating, complex world that addressed racism, sexism, LGBT issues and the right to die debate. This book is absolutely incredible and easily claims a spot on my Top Reads of 2017 as well as one of my all time favorites. Buy it. Read it. Love it. Get a copy for all of your friends. IT. IS. EXCELLENT.