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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel (edição 2017)

por Taylor Jenkins Reid (Autor)

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"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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself... 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, 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."--… (mais)
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Título:The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel
Autores:Taylor Jenkins Reid (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2017), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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Before starting this review, I should get this off my chest. I started this book with a biased mindset. I did not expect a book about an aging megastar and her 7 husbands to ever get a 5 star from me. I thought it to be too frivolous, a mindless read between the "more serious" books I am reading, a book I would forget as soon as I have finished reading - a good mind break. But then Evelyn happened.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a crisp small book (having only 7 chapters after each husband of hers)which is written in a very simple way but that which manages to hold your attention and leave you yearning for more after every chapter. Through these seven chapters we see the rise and fall and rise of the unapologetic , courageous and pragmatic Evelyn Hugo. Without giving out too much, this book deals with both LGBTQ and minority issue without making the characters solely defined by those. Infact we get to know that one of the characters is a person of color way later into the book. This is a novelty at least for me as I am used to characters whose first few lines clearly establish their minority status (racially, religiously and/or sexually). However, this is not why this book got her 5 stars from me. This book got its 5 stars for how real, flawed , hypocritical and at the same time vulnerable and strong almost all the characters were. Also adding to it was the larger than life moments Evelyn lived. This book at least created the illusion of giving us readers a sneak peak into good old Hollywood, the art of making films, the drive down the memory lane to see how a now iconic moment came into being. I found myself mesmerized and clapping and cheering when a particular scene got shot.

All in all, this book is like a slice of time frozen in its pages ( The last time I felt something similar was when I read Anna Karenina in 2011). This is a book which has successfully been able to freeze a society with all its peculiarities in its pages. It has been able to show important social events in a simple way without making it lose its gravity but most importantly it has been able to bring out Evelyn , a fictitious character, and make her into a living persona of flesh and blood.

Read this novel for a pleasant happy exciting read. ( )
  __echo__ | May 11, 2021 |
1st read: 2 stars
2nd read: 3.5 starss ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Absolutely amazing. There are no words. Wow!!!!! ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
If this book proves anything, it's that genre biographies should be a thing. I really enjoyed this book, it just wasn't good enough to be one of my all-time favourites. I love reading biographies, I've read quite a few now and still have more on my TBR, but while they are compelling stories, they often times lack a plot. I love plot heavy books, and unfortunately this was not one of them. It's a very character driven book with very compelling characters and it really hooked me, but I did not find myself enjoying it in the way I have for other books. Evelyn is such an interesting character and there is no way this book could have worked outside of a biography/memoir formula.

I love that Evelyn owned up to everything she did. She knows where she went wrong and she knows she'd do it all over again for the fame because she knows herself. It's refreshing to see. I haven't read many characters who are honest in the way Evelyn is as she is telling her story. It makes it feel all the more real and remarkable. I think there should be more genre biographies because they allow us to explore interesting characters in a way a plot-heavy book cannot and I appreciate that.

I still highly recommend it to anyone looking for a character driven book about how far is too far to get what we want. I will certainly be checking out [b: Daisy Jones & the Six|40597810|Daisy Jones & The Six|Taylor Jenkins Reid|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1551887263l/40597810._SY75_.jpg|61127102] after this, since I believe my library has it. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
A whole lot of people have to randomly die unexpectedly to keep the plot moving, but I still couldn't put this down. ( )
  bishnu83 | Apr 6, 2021 |
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"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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself... 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, 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."--

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