Sunday 26 June 2022

Big headache, short post...

I have a huge headache today, so this will be a very short, very uninspired post.

Last week, in between the many Silver Birch books I’ve been reading, I managed to squeeze in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a book I put on hold in March and only just got last week.  Here is what Indigo had to say about it:

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.

I will just say very quickly that I didn’t enjoy this book, and it’s probably because I’m absolutely not interested in the lives of Hollywood actors and movie stars.  But it was definitely written to be adapted for television, which is exactly what’s happening right now:  it’s being made into a Netflix series.  If you are a tabloid reader, or even a reader of memoirs, then you would probably enjoy this book. I don't enjoy either; still, I guess there must have been enough that was intriguing about this story for me to actually finish it.  Anyway, don’t listen to me on this book, but if you are interested in it, you should get your name on your library holds list now if you want to read it before the series comes out!

Bye for now…

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