Taylor Jenkins Reid – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

“I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I think I deserve to know why one of the most famous actresses of all time would pluck me out of obscurity to be her biographer and hand me the opportunity to make millions off her story.”

Synopsis: 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. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. 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 through the decades—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.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendour of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

Review: The book was great, well written too. The one thing that Evelyn stressed most on was that everything she did was for her family & she would do everything all over again. To me it felt like Evelyn Hugo was a real person & the book was an actual autobiography even though it wasn’t. I was into the book from the very start. The book talks about the extent some people go for love & success, there was a lot of drama in the book but that’s kind of understood with the whole seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo & the stories of what happened with each of them. The book’s core would probably be the struggles that LGTBQ communities face in the world, maybe even the Hollywood world because by the second husband there is a revelation which leads to Evelyn Hugo making several decisions that have consequences later in her life (trying to keep it spoiler free kind of). The reveal as to why Evelyn chose Monique to write her book was woah, not expected. I admit that reading pretty much the same thing happening to her marriages did get a little boring but each marriage was filled with its own drama. I think I liked Harry the most out of her 7 husbands.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Ally Condie – Reached (#3 Matched Trilogy)

ReachedYou cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.

Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Reached is the last book of the Matched series. Reached continues the story of Cassia & Ky, who after leaving the Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other again. Cassia is assigned as an undercover in Central City, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything changes again.

After two books of not being so impressed, Reached finally exceeded my very low expectations. It’s when it all goes down. The trio are all in different places with minimal contact through the Archivists who are a group of people that can get people what they want in exchange for a valuable item. Cassia’s undercover in Central City, unsure of when the Rising will happen. Xander’s an undercover Official medic & Ky is an airship pilot with Indie, Cassia’s friend from the girl’s work camp. The only clue Cassia is given that it’ll be big enough for her to know that its time. Xander was told about a Plague that would hit the Society which is when the Rising has started. I liked that there were some kind of twists to the story, the Plague mutated & the cure that the Rising had created for the original Plague was no longer working & the Pilot comes & takes the three to a village on the borders because they could help in finding the cure. I’m glad that all of them got their happy ending even though it was predictable, Ky and Cassia are together while Xander finds love with Lei, a fellow Official who later joins the Rising & the people get their right to vote for who they want in charge. Out of the three I think Xander had the more interesting undercover job so I found that I read his chapters more keenly. The first half of the book was just a load of info dumping, giving what has happened so far with each character in their own POVs, Xander I feel made the most change. It was a decent enough conclusion to the trilogy.

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

 

Ally Condie – Crossed (#2 Matched Trilogy)

Crossed“I will be strong enough to go without the tablet. But there are other things I’m not strong enough to go without, and I intend to fight for them.”

Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Crossed is #2 in the Matched trilogy, followed by Reached. Crossed continues the story of Cassia, the rules have changed. Ky has been taken & she will sacrifice everything to find him. When Cassia discovers that Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society, hope rises. But nothing is as it seems, a rebellion is on the rise.

I could not wait for this book to end; the first half is Cassia & Ky in two different places: Girl’s work camp & the Outer Provinces. And then, Cassia finds out that Ky’s in the Outer Provinces so she travels to find him but by the time she reaches there, Ky has already escaped to the Carvings. Cassia follows him to the Carvings by the help of another boy that knew Ky before he escaped. Ky & Cassia are in the same Carvings, it’s like two parallel lines, they are just in different parts of it 😒. When they finally meet, Cassia’s obsession with The Rising creates a little distance between the two because Ky says: “This is the one thing I can’t do for you. I can’t join the Rising.” At this point I’m like, finally some drama, but what happens? I run to help Hunter with the boat. It’s for her. If what she wants is the Rising, I will help her reach it.

When Cassia realises that Indie (her friend from the Girl’s work camp) is in love with Xander. What’s her thought?

“Xander is the kind of person an Aberration can never have. A golden boy, as close to perfect as they come in the Society.

He’s not her Match. He’s mine.

With Xander, I could have a family, a good job, be loved, be happy, live in a Borough with clean streets and neat lives. With Xander, I would be able to do the things I always thought I would.

But with Ky, I do things I never thought I could.

I want both.”

In book 1, she was all set to say adios to Xander to be with Ky. She said that she didn’t love Xander the way she loves Ky. She risked everything to be with Ky. Book 2, she’s confused, torn between the two. Suddenly when Indie doesn’t deny the fact that she’s in love with Xander, Cassia wants both.

Lastly, I normally like the switching in PoVs but in Crossed, I kept getting confused between who’s PoV am I reading? I kept flipping the pages to go back to the start of the chapter to see who it is. It was difficult to distinguish between the two.

Rating: 💎💎

Ally Condie – Matched

MatchedThe goal of Matching is twofold: to provide the healthiest possible future citizens for our Society and to provide the best chances for interested citizens to experience successful Family Life. It is of the utmost importance to the Society that the Matches be as optimal as possible.

Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Matched is #1 in the trilogy, followed by Crossed & Reached. Matched is about a Society in which officials decide everything – who you love, where you work, when you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices, it’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job & an ideal mate. So, when her best friend, Xander, appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows he’s the one… until another face flashes for an instant before the screen goes black. Now, Cassia is faced with two impossible choices: Xander & Ky, between the life she has always known & a path that no one else has dared follow – between perfection & passion.

Before I started reading the book, I was looking through the ratings people have given the book, so many people have given it a 1 or 2-star rating which kind of made me wonder, do I read it or not? But I decided to give it a chance & I liked it but it wasn’t great. Matched is the first science fiction book I’ve read in quite some time but I liked the story-line, Cassia lives in a Society where every decision is made for them, living in a constantly monitored environment. Any wrong move can lead to Reclassification where your citizenship is revoked & would be classified as one of the very low “classes”. The story is good although there are bits & pieces that I didn’t like. Firstly, there wasn’t much of a twist in the story, the entire book was basically revolving around the love triangle, which I get plays an important role in the story but constantly just showing Cassia’s feelings towards Ky & suddenly cutting off Xander was a bit abrupt. Secondly, in a society where everyone uses a computer to read & write cannot actually write?  The things I liked: the cover, it was what caught my eye the first time. Second, I liked that Ally didn’t automatically put Ky & Cassia’s romance in everyone’s facing, like she built up to it.

Rating: 💎💎💎