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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel…
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel (utgåvan 2018)

av Taylor Jenkins Reid (Författare)

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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. 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, 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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel
Författare:Taylor Jenkins Reid (Författare)
Info:Atria Books (2018), Edition: Unabridged, 400 pages
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo av Taylor Jenkins Reid

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3.5 stars.

Got mixed feelings about this one. ( )
  escapinginpaper | May 18, 2024 |
Not what I expected, but very thought provoking and readable.
will add more later :) ( )
  carolfoisset | May 6, 2024 |
really took some turns i didnt expect in a way that I enjoyed. The exploration of morality and sexuality was very interesting. ( )
  chip1o1 | May 1, 2024 |
This book was great! I mean TJR really knows how to tell a story. I don’t think I was anticipating a lot of what was going to happen. She really takes you on an interesting journey with sites to see and twists and turns, the whole nine yards basically.
I definitely see why it was the internet’s favorite book. If you ever doubted picking it up, try it! ( )
  Donnela | Apr 30, 2024 |
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has a really good idea behind the story. Following Monique, a local writer for a magazine company, the book details the life of Evelyn Hugo, a major Hollywood actress from the latter half of the 1900's. The spill-all style writing makes it an easily readable novel simply because of the appeal of gossip surrounding the lives of celebrities. Throughout the book, however, I was left disappointed in the way Taylor Jenkins Reid, a straight White woman, decided to portray her queer characters and characters of color.

I will start with the queer representation. Everything about her queer characters felt heavily stereotyped, to the point that they almost didn't feel human. Every relationship these characters (Evelyn, Celia, Harry, John, and James) were in was made as straight-appearing as she could have possibly made them. The nuances of how they felt coming to realize they were queer or on the pressure they felt to hide that part of their identities was never fully fleshed out, and it led to me feeling as if this part of their identities was an afterthought. As a queer person myself, my queerness impacts everything about how I live my life; yet, the only reason I even knew these characters were queer was because it kept being explicitly stated, instead of being integrated into who they were as people within this book.

I also took issue with how the people of color were portrayed as characters throughout the book. This aspect of their identities felt like even more of an afterthought than their queerness, and felt specifically used for the shocking plot twist at the end. The Latine characters fell into heavy stereotypes. Evelyn's mother was implied to be a prostitute, Evelyn's father was abusive and a raging alcoholic (on tequila?? One of Cuba's bigger exports is Rum; it wouldn't have been tequila he had a problem with and even a quick internet search could have fixed this), Evelyn herself was the sexy woman with a big chest who only had an identity through her husbands, and Luisa was Evelyn's maid. This is virtually all we know about them being people of color, and it would have been nice to see their personalities actually fleshed out.

The Black characters are depicted in just as problematic ways. The only Black characters we see throughout the book are James, a Black gay man who gets killed before you even learn he was Black or gay, and Monique, a biracial Black woman who virtually never brings up her race except to compare her experiences with race to Evelyn's experiences as a bisexual woman (who also happens to be James' daughter). I quite literally forgot that Monique, the main character, was even supposed to be a biracial Black woman until it was brought up, which is again, something that should have been incorporated into her character more thoroughly.


While I am glad that a book with main characters who were people of color and queer has become so popular and widely liked, there are so many authors of color, queer authors, and queer authors of color who should be and deserve to be allowed the space in publishing that Reid has taken for herself. It is not Reid's place to tell the stories of queer people or people of color. The issue for me is not that she included those characters in her book; but it is that she was trying to tell their stories and how she tried to be an authority on how queer people and people of color's stories should be told (in her eyes). ( )
  Griffin_Reads | Apr 27, 2024 |
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Film legend and '60s It girl Evelyn Hugo has just announced that she will auction off 12 other most memorable gowns through Christie's to raise money for breast cancer research.
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“… 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. …”
I think the difference between an actress and a star is that the star feels comfortable being the very thing the world wants her to be.
Intimacy is impossible without trust. And we would have been idiots to trust one another.
But the truth is, praise is just like an addiction. The more you get it, the more of it you need just to stay even.
You know the key to impulsivity is believing you are invincible. No one goes around throwing caution to the wind unless the wind is blowing their way.
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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. 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, 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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