Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Sourced: Purchased on Amazon for book club ($14.30)
Meows: 5 meows, maybe even 6. I finished this book in a day and cried like a baby. If that’s not meow-worthy, I don’t know what is.
Evelyn has seen it all through the early days of Hollywood to the current state of fame and as a long-time celebrity, Evelyn Hugo wants to tell her story. More importantly, she wants to tell the greatest love story of her life, but to one woman only. Monique is an up and coming writer at a mediocre magazine, but Evelyn gives her the break she needs with an irresistible story. A saga of love, loss, and understanding who you are, Reid weaves a story that’s worthy of an Academy Award.
“So do yourself a favor and learn how to grab life by the balls, dear. Don’t be so tied up trying to do the right thing when the smart thing is so painfully clear.”
“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare their response is “You’re safe with me”–that’s intimacy.”
“When you dig just the tiniest bit beneath the surface, everyone’s love life is original and interesting and nuanced and defies any easy definition. And maybe one day I’ll find someone I love the way Evelyn loved Celia. Or maybe I might just find someone I love the way my parents loved each other. Knowing to look for it, knowing there are all different types of great loves out there, is enough for me for now.
TOE BEANS VALUE
On a scale from 1 to 10, Reid’s book deserves 9 toe beans. I think the only reason she doesn’t get a full 10 is because I saw the plot twist before I made it to the twist. However, this is a book that moved me and one that I read within a day. Love at any age, under any circumstances is a beautiful thing and Reid takes Evelyn (and us) on a whirlwind adventure. You want to fight for Evelyn, you want her to succeed, and you want to know that no matter age, complication, and any other real-life bullshit that love is 100% possible and real. Evelyn Hugo and Taylor Jenkins Reid give us just that. Definitely a book worth the permanent collection and a re-read by the pool later this summer.
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