Mini Book Review: Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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evidence of the affair by taylor jenkins reid book coverDear stranger…

A desperate young woman in Southern California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met—a choice that will forever change both their lives.

My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here.

Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.

 

My review

Told entirely in the form of letters, Evidence of the Affair is an unconventional short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Clocking in at only 86 pages, this is an easy binge-in-one-sitting kind of story – not that it’s easy to put this book down anyways with how quickly it gets to the action. Reading the letters between the two scorned spouses felt like almost uncomfortably personal at times, giving the reader the feeling that they’re reading a diary of a loved one. You know you shouldn’t read it, but how can you stop?

Through the letters, it’s easy to get a good idea of who each of the characters are – and also see them change as the story moves forward. Everyone in this book had secrets, and by the end they were a tangled mass of lies and betrayal. It kind of reads like a simplified version of a soap opera, and I loved it. Also, I loved the low-key mention of Daisy Jones – a nice call out for fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other works. While this wasn’t my favorite of Reid’s work, it was still a fun romp – a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. 4/5

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Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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one true loves by taylor jenkins reid book coverAfter reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s two most famous books – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six – I decided to start reading her backlist of books. Do you ever start a book and think to yourself “Oh shit, this is going to be good”? If you haven’t, read One True Love, and you just might experience it.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m just going to come right out and say it – this is one of my favorite books of 2019. Daisy Jones and the Six is a truly unique book – it’s told as a biography of a famous vintage rock band with interviews from the band and their managers, as well as more traditional storytelling. The story, the characters, the format, and the overall quality were spectacular. If you’re anything like me, you’ll devour this book in just one sitting.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did – there’s been insane hype around it, but the title really threw me off the scent. After reading it’s synopsis I thought  I was about to wade into yet another overwrought romance with little to no substance. Fortunately – this book turned out to be one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time.

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 is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

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