You can read my full review of these books here:
These reviews are coming soon:
- The Enlightenment of Bees
- Last Year in Havana
Let me know what books you bring to the beach in the comments!
I just finished The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I knew I immediately had to start writing my review. There was so much in this book that I knew if I let myself fall asleep tonight, I would miss something.
While this book doesn’t quite earn five stars from me it comes pretty close. The main reason this book doesn’t get five stars- I’m selfish. I didn’t like the ending. Well, I liked the true ending and I saw that coming but what had happened a few pages before was too much for me. I don’t even know why it hit me so hard, I understand wanting to protect your own family but at the expense of another family? It got under my skin.
But let’s get to the everything else that is jam packed into 380 pages. There a lot to unpack in this book so let’s start with the dedication. Before the book even started Reid dedicated the book to her daughter and wrote “Smash the patriarchy, sweetheart”. With that I knew this was going to be a good read.
And smash the patriarchy she did. While this isn’t a true biography there is word going around the internet that it is loosely based on multiple early movie starlets. Hugo started life in New York City and dreamed of being a star. She had no easy way to get out of the city so she did the only thing she could think of- she used men. A common thread in this book is that Hugo gives men what they want as long as she can get what she wants.
It is a call to action of sorts. Now I’m not saying we should all move to Hollywood and make movies topless, it seems like they have enough of that, but rather that we should all be unafraid to ask for what we want. If we all had the confidence of Hugo, girls really would run the world.
Another huge part of this book that I was completely unaware of when I picked it up was the LGBTQ+ content. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo shows the hard reality of the 1930s if your dream wasn’t to get married, have two and a half kids, a dog named Spot, and a white picket fence.
Overall this book touched a lot of gray areas. People that aren’t fully good but cannot be described as evil. Characters that felt stuck between two worlds, not white enough for one but also too far away from the culture they want to call their own. There’s even a little medical gray area thrown in there, with the moral debate- do I stop it or was I trusted to let it go.
While the first few chapters went by slow, and by husband five I thought how could we possibly get through two more, I would definitely recommend this book. It is the perfect summer read, once I reached the 2/3 mark in the book I knew I had to power through the rest of the book because I had to understand.
Let me know what you think of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in the comments below!
It’s almost time to hit the beach and do I have the perfect book for you! I read Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart on a trip to Boston a few weeks ago and it was so good I finished it on the train ride home!
This memoir follows Marjorie as she leaves her small hometown to work in New York City for the summer. She travels to the city with her sorority sister Marty and together they work as pages in the Tiffany store on Fifth Avenue. The story starts just before the end of WWII and the only reason the girls got the jobs as pages was because all the young men were enlisted at the time! Marjorie and Marty were the first girls to work on the floor at Tiffany’s.
The book is filled with their adventures- everything from dating midshipmen to seeing Judy Garland walk into their store on her honeymoon. If you want to experience the magic of NYC in 1945 this is the book for you! It’s such a fun and quick read it would be perfect for lounging on the beach.
Let me know what you think and feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments!