This is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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.
Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this 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.
Not to be confused with the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Because I did that.)
Okay guys. I am desperate to share my love for a book that I just couldn’t put down. I started listening to the audiobook on Sunday and I listened to it non stop from there. I mean, the shower, while cooking, while playing with my nephew, going shopping. I even stayed up until 2am just to hear the ending because I couldn’t wait until I woke up the next day to hear what happens.
I love when a book just sweeps me into the world and just doesn’t let go. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the lives of both Evelyn Hugo and Monique. It felt so real. I found myself so often wishing I could google Evelyn’s life. Hoping to find a page in Wikipedia for this dazzling star but no such luck. The story was told from both Monique and Hugo which I felt really complimented the story. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book. It truly was amazing.
I give this book six rainbows our of five because… I love the gay vibes.
We need more queer lit and I am ever so grateful for this amazing piece of literature. Please go pick it up!
See y’all next time!