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.

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Heterosexual and homosexual sex.

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I did not know going into the novel that it has a very clear LGBTQ+ agenda.

Naughty Little Tidbits: "Hollywood" Teenage Behaviour, Disturbing Behaviour, Bad Role Model, Greed

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Teenagers?No
Adults?No

Comments: This book is definitely on the trend of the moment, and has a very clear LGBTQ+ agenda. I had a difficult time relating to both Evelyn and Moniqe. Evelyn is not a likeable character, and I felt complete indifference towards her by the end of the novel. The author is clearly talented, but I had a difficult time enjoying a book where the main character has such poor moral values. With such a narcissistic character, I think anyone who fell in love with her was doomed to suffer regardless of gender.

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