Rating: 5 Bookworms
One-Sentence Summary: Would you have the guts to go toe-to-toe with Hollywoods biggest icon? Monique is about to find out. (Okay so it’s more than one sentence, sue me.)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
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.
Evelyn Hugo has managed to captured my heart. Unapologetically ambitious, Evelyn goes after what she wants. Originally born Evelyn Herrera, she had a rough start in life: her mother died of pneumonia when she was 11, her father was an abusive alcoholic, and she was repeatedly taken advantage of by boys who were much bigger and stronger than her, that is until she flipped the script on them.
If the definition of enjoying sex means that it is pleasurable, then I’ve had a lot of sex that I didn’t enjoy. But if we’re defining it as being happy to have made the trade, then, well, I haven’t had much I hated.
One of the things that I love the most about Evelyn is how she uses the male ego against them. As usual men underestimate women, so while they think that they’re using naive little superstar Evelyn for her body she already has a plan in motion and she is just waiting, patiently, for them to fall into her trap–which, as a feminist, I appreciate very much.
Be wary of men with something to prove.
Evelyn isn’t afraid to go after what she wants and she’ll do whatever it takes to get it. She uses her body, mind, emotions, and any other resources at her disposal to get what she wants. This book is ultimately about female empowerment. It’s about the power of sex and how women can wield it as a weapon. It’s about taking your destiny into your own hands and being unapologetic about it.
You could be a nobody living in a cardboard box, and I’d still love you.
Evelyn Hugo is one of the most complex and multifaceted characters I have ever come across. I savored this book because I did not want it to end. Every detail, every nuance helped bring Evelyn to life. Just as Monique found herself changed after hearing Evelyn’s story, I found myself inspired to go after my dreams. I wanted to yell “I am woman, hear me roar!” at the top of my lungs after reading this book! No doubt, Taylor Jenkins Reid outdid herself with this one and I simply cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
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 more 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.
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About Taylor Jenkins Reid:
Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the author of The Seven Husbands ofEvelyn Hugo as well as One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and more. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and others.
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