The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon, Evelyn Hugo, is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. When she chooses an unknown magazine reporter, Monique Grant, for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. –Atria Books, 2017
Why Monique Grant indeed? Why was she asked to do such an exclusive interview, that she had to be convinced to take? No wonder her career is stagnant. Why was she even apart of this book?! Monique is nowhere near as interesting as Evelyn Hugo, a woman who knows how to wield her beauty like a weapon and is more than ready to do what it takes to create her position as a Hollywood icon.
Monique is an incompetent interviewer. Instead of rephrasing a question or coming at it from a different angle when Evelyn hedges or is clearly uncomfortable, Monique doggedly repeats the same questions. Which makes Evenly completely shut down. Monique often has to apologize for creating parallels between her life and Evelyn’s, making her jump to conclusions that are always wrong. If Monique was a skilled interviewer she could have gotten Evelyn to come out of her shell and reveal more than she wanted to; not that anyone could make Evelyn do anything she didn’t want. Instead, Monique is a hurdle you have to stumble over to get to Evelyn, who thankfully narrates the majority of the story, and is worth suffering through Monique to get to. —Low Buy it.