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  • I'm a TJR Insta-Fan After This Book!

    *I received an advance copy of this book from Simon&Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review* this does not affect my opinion.* Raise your hand if you've ever been in a reading slump. *raises my hand* And raise your hand if you have a very particular remedy that can maybe get you out of that slump. *raises hand again* Moving and unpacking last month threw me into a huge slump for everything that wasn't work, pretending to unpack, and napping. The fix for one of my reading slumps is almost exclusively graphic novels or a middle grade read. Alas, June snuck up on me and even though I wasn't out of my slump I had to start reading Evelyn. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I wanted to forestales every responsibility in favour of reading this book! MY SLUMP WAS BUSTED BY ADULT FICTION AND UNICORNS ARE REAL! I knew right from the beginning that I was going to LOVE this book. The writing is so incredibly captivating that you can't help but want more. It felt so real, as if I could feasibly be the one interviewing this mega Hollywood star but also super lush and out of reach at the same time. It was as if I was reading a movie. Taylor Jenkins Reid also did an incredible job of bribing the characters to life. I spent the entire book fighting the urge to go Google Evelyn Hugo because she was so compelling that I was positive she must be a real person. Even the secondary characters that appear in the stories of her early life felt like people I wanted to be able to look up pictures of. I wanted to go on Netflix and binge watch movies featuring Evelyn and her cohorts...all the time. I also loved Monique and all her flaws, ideals, and fierce ambition. She was a great person to place opposite Evelyn and her story arc was also captivating. Now the story itself was another stunning part of this read. It was full of the glitz and glamour one would expect from a tale of Hollywood but it also highlighted the underhanded side of life among the Stars. It wasn't an action book but it felt like the pace never slowed. I constantly wanted to find more and all the new info on Evelyn's life was like being on a roller coaster. You never knew what was going to happen or who was going to do what as part of a meticulous, calculated plan. It was intriguing, heartbreaking, and clever. Although a very flawed character, Evelyn also provides some very strong feminist messages. At one point she discusses the idea of women owning their sexuality and engaging in sexual activities for the purpose of their own pleasure versus it being merely a means to the end of keeping a male in their life satisfied. She's unapologetic about using men as they would and do use her. Although a slightly flawed and problematic approach, this is Evelyn attempting to level a playing field which is heavily not in her favour for many reasons. She is such a fierce and ambitious woman who shows us all that it's okay to want things and to try to actually get those things.

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  • Fantastic

    This story reminds me of the old 1950 movie stars era. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor who married 8 times, twice with Richard Burton. Rock Hudson and others who were part of the cinematic world who later identified as homosexuals, lesbians, queers and bisexuals. These predilections were considered a deviance, were illegal and could have resulted in you being thrown in jail or committed to an asylum. Many decided to reside in fake marriages to hide their true feelings. This book is a delightful, enjoyable and easy book to read. It is the story about a fictional character, Evelyn Hugo. She is a 1950's era, movie “Grande Dame” who is in the process of auctioning off some of her most famous gowns. She asks Monique, a young inexperienced magazine writer, to write her biography. The story is a recounting of her life. And, Monique was chosen for a reason. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Such a great read

    I loved every minute of this book. Such a great read.

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  • Not the expected Hollywood story

    I picked this book up because it is a hot book everyone is reading. It’s not something I would have been interested in naturally. I don’t like period stories, Hollywood stories, movie industry stuff, lots of marriages... yes this book has all of that, but in the best way possible!! It’s an engaging wonderful book about the life of movie star Evelyn Hugo and the true love of her life. I loved this book so much and it has so much more depth to it than I originally assumed.

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  • A fantastic emotional Rollercoaster!

    This novel had me gripped to every page trying to figure out what is the connection between Evelyn and Monique and the truth rocked me. A fantastic LGBTQ read. It had me in tears so many times and each tear was worth it!

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