The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published June 13, 2017

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. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 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.


I waited for MONTHS, MONTHS for this book to be auto checked-out to me from my library. The anticipation for this book was absolutely insane. I literally yipped when I got the e-mail that it had been auto-checked out for me. I started it right away and it was so great. It wasn’t what I expected at all in the best way possible.

This book was…entrancing, that’s the best way to put it. Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote with such finesse, and managed to write this amazing masterpiece. A piece with these vivid and descriptive flashbacks, I could imagine everything as though I were a fly on the wall in all of Evelyn’s life moments. Not a single second of this book was I confused, or bored, it was all filled with just continuous granules of story crumbs that I just had to devour, I was like a starved animal for more and more as I kept reading.

The exploration of Evelyn and how she brought her self to the top in a white man’s world I feel is something very relevant to today’s world. The way she worked herself into the top, and was so unapologetic for using people and the tactics she used to get to her next steps, it was unlike any character I ever read about. It was actually pretty refreshing to see a woman so ok with being as cutthroat as she was to get what she wanted. And the exploration of her bisexuality, was purely amazing. The relationships she had between both men and women, and how she loved each one of them so differently was something I found to be extremely special. Although it’s hard to not have your favorites be Harry and Celia.

Please pick up this book if you haven’t yet. It’s such a great read, and I’m thrilled that the books I’ve been choosing this year has yet to disappoint.

5/5 Stars

Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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Published January 31st 2017

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

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I picked up Behind Her Eyes because of my quest to expand my reading horizons. I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, I read mostly Young Adult, but this book sounded really exciting and I’m always down for a good thriller.

I did find Behind Her Eyes to be fairly addicting, which I wasn’t expecting. I read it in just a couple of days and I even caught myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.
I wasn’t very invested in it though. The characters are good but I wasn’t emotionally invested in them.
I feel like it could have been written a little bit better in some ways. I didn’t really feel the suspense for most of the book. The reader finds out a lot more about David and Adele than Louise and I felt like I was always waiting for Louise to catch up. Speaking of Louise, I found her really annoying and her behavior was odd and she made some really stupid decisions. She was more of a plot device than a useful character.

Overall, this was a decent read. I liked how addicting it was in the moment and I did like it for the most part. The ending was pretty wild but I could easily pick it apart if I spent more thinking about it. If you’re not a critical reader, I think this book will be a lot better to you. If you are a critical, like me, I’m not sure this book will live up to the hype.

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Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

29983711Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Published February 7th 2017

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

 

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This book is very different from a lot of books I normally pick up but I was really excited to read it. Pachinko sounded amazing and I loved the assurance given from the synopsis for rich culture through out this book.
I really enjoyed the first half of this book a lot more than the last half. I really liked pace of the first half but it did start to slow down and drag at times. This is book is on the larger side, almost 500 pages, so the length didn’t help the slower pace. It wasn’t necessarily boring but compared to the first 200 or so pages, it was much slower.
I did love the culture in Pachinko. That was actually my favorite part about the book. It was so interesting and I loved seeing a new perspective. I really learned a lot and that was pretty cool.

Overall, if you’re looking for an interesting, diverse historical fiction, Pachinko is definitely a book to pick up. But if you want something fast paced, you might want to skip this one.

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Review: Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly

25814219Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly
Published: April 5 2016

The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tightknit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal.

Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins.

With prose that is as keen and illuminating as it is whimsical and luminous, debut novelist Christine Reilly tells the unusual love story of this family. Poignant and humane, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart.

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*I’d like to preface this review with the fact that I had this book reviewed in early October, but I scheduled it with the date of 2017 by accident, and it was brought to my attention that my review still was not posted, so I’m so so sorry!

I was very lucky to have Christine reach out to me and send my a copy of her book to read and review and I’ll have to admit that I was a very bad book blogger/reviewer because it took me forever to gain the courage to step out of my fantasy zone as well as in between wedding planning to pick this up . But thank you Christine for being so patient with me and I’m so sorry this took so long!

I don’t usually read these types of books but honestly, this book kind of reminded me of Parenthood, the TV show so if you liked that I feel like this might be the book for you. Although I’m mostly a fantasy reader, this was a wonderful read!

I saw a lot of people talking about the writing style in this book, and I think that’s what initially made me pick it up, I love a good “lyrical” writing style which is what a lot of people were mentioning when I scrolled through the reviews, and that’s when I finally picked this up and had the confidence to read it. And everyone was right. The writing in the book is absolutely phenomenal, lyrical and utterly beautiful, almost hauntingly so when hitting home with topics like mental illness ( I have experience in this realm, so it really did hit me pretty hard).

I think this book really gave a different perspective on a familial story because it was really multi-generations in this book starting from one generation and really growing through other ones as well. And I really liked that growth and seeing that diversity and difference between everything. It made it much more enjoyable and I really felt as though I knew all aspects of this family. Especially since there were three sisters and I am one of three sisters, it made this book much more relatable I think.

I would most definitely say that you really have to pick up this book. It’s really wonderfully written and very impressive for a debut novel. I’d have to say that Christine Reilly is really an author to keep your eye on. I would gladly read and review any of her books for the rest of my life. I can’t even express how impressed and wonderfully pleased I am with this book (even though it made me ugly cry)

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