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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
From Taylor Jenkins Reid, "a genius when it comes to stories about life and love" (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress's relentless rise to the top--the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. 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 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--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. Written with Reid's signature talent for "creating complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor 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.
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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 51: What a story! This was the first book I‘ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it won‘t be my last. She is a phenomenal storyteller. Although the subject matter isn‘t usually something I‘m drawn to (LGBTQ), I have to say I did enjoy this story. A little spicy in places but just a really great story, plus the added bonus of a twist at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FeastOfFiction @WanderingBookaneer I have it but haven‘t read it. It‘s on my list. 16h
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...I had to watch my value disappear by the day like a molding lemon.

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rather_be_reading

Theres a difference between sexuality and sex...Sex is just an act. Sexuality is a sincere expression of desire and pleasure.

Curlicious There are so many quotes from that book that I freaking loved so much!! My book is highlighted in colors lol 16h
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Guilt is a feeling Ive never made much peace with. I find that when it rears its head, it brings an army.

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Relationships are complex...People are messy, and love can be ugly.

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It was a problem. But it was a solvable problem, and solvable problems arent really problems, are they?

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You should know this about the rich: they always want to get richer. It is never boring, getting hands on more money.

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You can do that when you're rich and famous. You can decide that wealth and renown are worthless when you have them.

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What's that saying? Behind every gorgeous woman, there's a man sick of screwing her? Well, it works both ways. No one mentions that part.

(So powerful!!)

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When you realize you can tell someone your truth when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is "you're safe with me" -- thats intimacy.

Curlicious One of my favorites ❤️ 16h
kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 16h
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No one is going to give you anything if you dont ask for it.

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...praise is just like an addiction. The more you get it, the more of it you n eed just to stay even.

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Be wary of men with something to prove.

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Intimacy is impossible wo trust.

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It would take me years to figure out that life doesnt get easier simply because it gets more glamorous.

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When youre given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes ro make it happen. The world doesnt give things, you take things.

LoverOfLearning Wow. Interesting! 16h
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"So do yourself a favor and learn how to grab life by the balls, dear. Dont be so tied up trying to do the right thing when the smart thing is so painfully clear."

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She likes to be cavalier about things that would changr other people's lives. Isnt that the very definition of power? Watching people kill themselves over something that means nothing to you?

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...charisma is "charm that inspires devotion."

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Last line: And anyway, I think once people know the truth, they will be much more interested...

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First line: Film legend and '60s It Girl Evelyn Hugo had just announced that she will auction off 12 of her most memorable gowns through Christie's to raise money for breast cancer research.

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I enjoyed this alot more than I anticipated! The hype was real on this one. Monique is hired to write Evelyn Hugo's, one of the most successful actresses, bio. I love the perspective this was written in as EH is telling it to Monique. The whole premise of the book is really getting to know EH "behind the scenes". And the twist almost at the end ?? I think this will be added to my list of books to always recommend.

Djspens I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would, too! 17h
Crazeedi Great book 7h
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mikagatsby
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Rating: 10/5 stars.

Nope. My rating scale is perfectly okay. It's just this book is way too good not to get 10 stars. I started reading around 7am and finish around 2pm. That's how sucked into the book and story I was.

marleed I loved this book. Months after reading the book sits on display in my front room because I just can‘t tuck it away on the wall-lined shelves in my reading room. It just stands alone. 3d
mikagatsby @marleed right? It's so good. I read it on Kindle and now I plan to buy the actual book. 3d
rather_be_reading i agree!! 15h
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Airport reading!!

Captivatedbybooks Love this book! 4d
NaomiO One of my all time favorites. After I finished it I wanted to start reading it again. 2d
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ATB
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From my Reading perch in the Library.

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Sweet treats and good books make Fridays go faster.

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Book 160 of 2019
Im ready to meet Evelyn & Daisy
#tbrlist

NaomiO Amazing choses! Enjoy! 6d
PSreads73 I‘ve never met Evelyn. Maybe some day. I have met Daisy and she was delightful and full of fun. 6d
Amor4Libros Both are awesome! 5d
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EH2018 Loved both of them 5d
FountainOfWords I have met Evelyn. Looking forward to meeting Daisy. 😀 5d
mildayulia I'm currently reading Evelyn and loving it so far. 5d
lele1432 I met Daisy and did not like her lol. But I look forward to meeting Evelyn! 5d
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The person sitting in front of me on the train is reading one of my favourite books - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

Do you guys spark conversations with fellow bookworms when out and about? I wish I could, but I'm a little awkward!

Beatlefan129 I have! Sure, it can be awkward, but usually people get really excited to talk about what they‘re reading 2w
edennugget @Beatlefan129 I regret not talking to her! From now on I'll be sure to muster up some courage to talk to strangers haha... 2w
Lauram Do it!!! I love when others tell me they love when I‘m reading. 1w
edennugget @Lauram I would love it if anyone else told me that, so not sure what is making me hesitate being the instigator of such conversations! 1w
rather_be_reading definitely!!! 15h
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squirrelbrain
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Thanks to @rachelm and @Librarybelle for recommending that I read the tagged book last week - I loved it!

I hadn‘t read any blurb about it, probably as it was on Kindle, so it was a huge, fantastic surprise. I also didn‘t get the reason why Evelyn had chosen Monique, much as I tried.

The rest of my #bookreport is also shown - a great week as both Evelyn and Period are vying to be in the #top19of2019.

Cinfhen That‘s awesome 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 3w
rachelm Yay! Glad you enjoyed it!! The other one by her recently is amazing too (especially on audio) 3w
Librarybelle Yay!!! 3w
squirrelbrain I read the one when it first came out @rachelm - loved it! ❤️ 3w
Andrew65 Evelyn Hugo was a great read, I also enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six by the same author. @rachelm (edited) 3w
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I have been in such a reading slump the last month. I couldn't seem to focus and started and stopped several books. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was just what I needed to get back into reading. It is salacious enough to hold attention but also covers some serious issues. I completely understand the hype surrounding this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

HOTPock3tt One of my fave books!! ♥️ 3w
rather_be_reading yes!! i was in a slump too and this kicked me into gear!! 15h
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Amor4Libros
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This book deserves all the hype that it has gotten because it is amazing!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Been MIA from Litsy because life and work have been crazy, but I‘m back!! I‘ve missed you all 💕

marleed This may be my favorite book of 2019. And it‘s in competition with DJATS! 4w
Amor4Libros @marleed I LOVED LOVED DJATS! She‘s becoming one of my favorite authors, I can‘t wait to read some more of her books. 4w
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"praise is just like an addiction. The more you get it, the more of it you need just to stay even."

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"He opens the parked car‘s door and pushes you out.When he comes crawling to you in tears the next morning, you don‘t actually believe him anymore. But now this is just what you do.The same way you fix the hole in your dress with a safety pin or tape up the crack in a window.That‘s the part I was stuck in, the part where you accept the apology because it‘s easier than addressing the root of the problem"

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Gonna be a lot of rumors about you and me tomorrow,” he said.“Sure are.”“Let me know if you want to make ‘em true.”I should have kept quiet. I should have just smiled nicely. But instead, I said, “Don‘t hold your breath.”

I love that she is insulting him and hi's so in love with him self that he dosen't get it🤣🤣

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This is my favorite book of the year. It's well-written, well-paced, and even includes a shocking twist. It's essentially the biography of actress Evelyn Hugo, & the fact that I care so much about this fictional woman's life is astounding to me. It shows Jenkins Reid's true talent for storytelling.
I highly recommend this one. I didn't really know what it was about going into it, and that made it all the more wonderful to see Hugo's life unfold.

marleed I‘m so impressed with TJR. She is so young but her research is so thorough that she can write a character at any age or timeline and pull you right in. 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This was one of my favourites of last year! Her latest one is really great too, especially on audio. 1mo
Abailliekaras I saw & nearly bought this at the bookstore today and now I wish I had! 1mo
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Freespirit Excellent review...I will put it on the list! 1mo
Kaylamburson I am just so impressed, too. And Daisy Jones and the Six is next month's book club pick in my group, and I'm 1000 times more excited for it now. Have you read any of her others, @marleed? @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I'm so excited to read it now. It sounded interesting, but there was a lot of hype so I always get nervous it won't live up. 1mo
Kaylamburson Aww bummer! Next time you go to the bookstore you should definitely get a copy. It was fantastic on audiobook, too! @Abailliekaras. Thanks so much, @Freespirit. Def add it! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! 4w
Kaylamburson Thank you so much, @MicheleinPhilly !!! It's been a good day 4w
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This was so amazing!!! It is written so incredibly well and it‘s a very powerful story. I listened to the audiobook, but I definitely plan to reread the hard copy also.

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Wow! Even though it was foreshadowed, I did not see the ending coming. All the feels...

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Ericalambbrown
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This book was a complete surprise for me. It wasn‘t at all what I was expecting. And I really loved it! Wonderfully complicated characters - sometimes I loved and admired them, sometimes I thought they were just terrible. This was the first book I‘ve read by this author. I will definitely be finding more of her work.

#teamstoker #scarathon

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
GypsyKat I loved this one! 💚 1mo
Ericalambbrown @GypsyKat This one was so much more than I expected! I‘m so glad I read this. 1mo
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marleed I discovered TJR in 2019, as well! I‘ve now read 4 of her books with 2 more recently delivered from Amazon. I follow her in Instagram. She is so young, yet her ability to research a character is timeless. I think that‘s incredibly impressive. 1mo
Ericalambbrown @marleed oh, cool! What do you recommend I read next of hers? 😃 1mo
marleed Oh Daisy Jones is a must. I really loved One True Lives. Maybe in another life was good too! On my TBR is After I Do, and Forever Interrupted. 1mo
Ericalambbrown @marleed excellent!!! Thank you so much! 🙏🏻📚 1mo
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I know I have a library card for a reason ... and I already own more unread books than I should ... but today I discovered a new bookshop in my neighborhood and I couldn‘t resist “helping a local business” 🤪

Leftcoastzen You are in the right place among your own kind.😀 1mo
Ericalambbrown Excellent choices! 1mo
marleed It‘s the only thing you could do. 1mo
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1) tagged 💚💚
2) black
3) I had 2 doctors appointment so blah lol
4) no whistling, but I can snap my fingers
5) @Foxtails915 @samanthagutt @erzascarletbookgasm

TheSpineView Thanks for tag! Loved the book!❤📘 2mo
Eggs Thanks for 🏷 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for tagging! 😘 2mo
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Thanks for the tag, @EadieB !

1. Loved it!!
2. Black with light colored petals
3. Last night, my library hosted the first big One Book program of the month, featuring a local meteorologist who discussed forensic meteorology and what the 1888 blizzard (as described in the book What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson) would have looked like
4. I can barely whistle but can snap my fingers!
5. ❤️❤️❤️
#Friyayintro

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While I was totalling my September stats, I realized that I hadn't posted my, August stats!

The Hollow of Fear ⭐⭐⭐⭐
We Should All Be Feminists - NR
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms & Defence Against the Dark Arts ⭐⭐⭐
The Color of Water ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Wide Window ⭐⭐⭐
Prince Caspian ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Secret of Lost Stones ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Rule Against Murder ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Spark of Light ⭐⭐⭐
The Seven Husbands ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS? The writing is fantastic, and I loved the story of Evelyn. I highly recommend this book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed I loved this book too. There‘s something kind of special about coming into a book well after it‘s publishing date and still giving it 5 stars. I felt the way about my recently read Bear Town. 2mo
samantha1027 @marleed I still need to read Bear Town. 1mo
rather_be_reading ikr!! idk why i waited so long either! 15h
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#Booked2019 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

I've been forgetting to add my tags for the #Booked2019 challenge! Here's what I've got for fall so far:

#19. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Evelyn is addicted to fame! 🎥)

#21. The Testaments (So freaking good!)

Question... Would the whistleblower's account work for #23/#24 possibly? 😬

#22. Wayward Son (Penelope is one of the POV characters.)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hah. That‘s a good question. I found a book with the account in Scribd, even though I downloaded the account I read from a Congressional site. I‘d say sure ... but I‘d be more inclined to call it political intrigue than public domain. What do you think co-hosts? 2mo
Cinfhen I think it works for both categories 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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I need to read this book so bad!!! Has anyone read it? I heard it was FABULOUS 😘

rather_be_reading it was AMAZING! 15h
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Mitch
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An enjoyable celebrity 'tell all'. Evelyn, nearing end of life, tells her remarkably sad story - her humble beginnings, her ambitions, her loves, her heartbreaks and missed opportunities. There are some good strands - her approach to motherhood is great, both flawed and real. There is also some great writing - some incredibly quotable passages. It's a page turner, but not the deepest read, or the most plausible of story lines.

Twainy Thank you! I was going to buy this but will move it to my waitlist to add to my OverDrive hold list 😁 2mo
Mitch @Twainy it was close to a pick! A real page turner but left me wanting it to be better! 2mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD
Thanks all for participating💚
This book was a joy to take apart for discussions 💚📗💚

Tamra Perfect pic! 2mo
Karisa Thank you for hosting! Great images and discussion questions as always! 2mo
Mitch And thanks both of you for all your awesomeness. xxxx (edited) 2mo
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Soubhiville Thank you for hosting and putting together some intriguing questions to think about. I enjoyed the buddy read experience! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville oh I‘m so glad you enjoyed it!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I do love it so much! It‘s fun to research weekly and discuss -makes the book so much more. 2mo
mrp27 Thanks for hosting! Thoughtful questions and discussions as always! Looking forward to Killers of the Flower Moon. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I enjoyed this book and the weekly discussions! Thanks @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for hosting the buddy read! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mrp27 me too!! I‘ve started it and it‘s interesting so far... Sad, but interesting... (edited) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks thank you for joining!! 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
mrp27 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I figured it would be sad but I'm going to be sadder if my library request doesn't come soon! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mrp27 I hope it does!!!! 2mo
Librarybelle Thank you @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for great discussions! This was my first time joining in on the buddy reads, and I loved the discussions and reading with everyone. Plan to join for next month, as I've wanted to read Killers of the Flower Moon since it came out! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Librarybelle yay!!! So happy you are joining us again 🙌🏻❤️📚 2mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle YAY!!!! So glad! 2mo
Scochrane26 This was my first buddy read, too, I enjoyed it. I would have prob left Evelyn hanging on my kindle for too long if I hadn‘t joined in. I love the next book & could definitely use a discussion about it. An employee at my fave bookstore recommended it last yr when I needed a western for a book challenge. It‘s a stretch for that prompt, but I found a great book. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Scochrane26 I find that body reading makes the book better for me even if the book is so sore but this book was a delight to take part and read with others! Looking forward to discussing the next read! 2mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD FINAL THOUGHTS

Anything we missed?
Did you like this book?
Who was your favourite character??

mrp27 I had a hard time with this book. I'm glad I read it but it didn't hit any high marks for me. I felt the writing just barely scratched the surface of what could have been a great story. Instead it felt cheap and unrealistic which is why I had a hard time caring about any of the characters. 2mo
Karisa I liked the book overall. It was dramatic and over the top at times but I think it fit with the main character. It's what I needed in my reading line up at this time. 😉 2mo
Mitch @Karisa Agreed! 😁 2mo
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Soubhiville I really loved it. I liked it better than Daisy Jones. It was definitely over the top, but it worked for me. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa me too I needed this one !!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville daisy jones was a big EH for me. 🤪 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVED it!! I didn‘t love Daisy as much... 2mo
EH2018 I loved it! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I really liked this one! At times it was a bit over the top, but I think it was written that way on purpose because of how over the top Evelyn's life was supposed to be as a Hollywood star. 2mo
Sargar114 I loved this book!!! Was happy to have an excuse to re-read! I think the drama was perfect for the subject matter. I agree Daisy Jones wasn‘t as good, enjoyed it but meh in comparison. 2mo
Librarybelle I'm in the minority - Daisy Jones edged out above this one for me! Maybe I gravitate more towards rock and rollers than Hollywood?? I did love this one, though. There were flaws, as we discussed, but overall, it was the right book for me to read at the right time. Plus, there were a few good quotations from the book that left me pondering about things. Evelyn Hugo is one of the most complicated characters I've met. I won't forget her anytime soon! 2mo
Sargar114 @Librarybelle So many good quotes! 2mo
Scochrane26 I haven‘t read daisy jones yet. I loved the book & have it 5 stars on GR but really would be a 4.5 if they would do half stars. It was over the top, & Monique was underdeveloped, but I liked the complexity of Evelyn. And I loved Harry. 2mo
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