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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (5)

The only thing Evelyn Hugo and I have in common is that we can both pull off green, but this somehow still ended up being one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. Maybe I’m just predisposed to like this type of novel more than others – sweeping multi-decade stories that show a characters growth and progression over time – and it also probably doesn’t hurt that I love old Hollywood, but this book was truly a page turner.

Sometimes using primary sources as a plot device can make a novel seem clunky, but I felt that the newspaper clippings were a great way to move the story along without getting caught up in the minutiae of Evelyn’s life. I also really enjoyed that the mystery behind why Evelyn wants a random, no-name journalist to write her biography. I had so many guesses while reading, and I was pleasantly surprised when none of them ended up being right!

Synopsis: Readers follow Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood icon known for her seven (often scandal-riddled) marriages, as she recounts her life story to a journalist she has a mysterious connection to.

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