Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.

Daisy Jones & The Six had me hooked right from the beginning. So much so that I read it in one day, glued to each page and absorbed in the story of Daisy and the famous band. Raised by wealthy parents who paid little to no attention to her, Daisy was on her own from a young age and spent her time in bars and clubs she wasn’t old enough to be in. While a life of drugs and sex was thrilling for a time, her dream was to sing her songs and to truly be seen. While her voice and electric presence began to be noticed, a band called The Six was on the rise, gaining popularity and fame. When the opportunity for a collaboration presents itself there is no mistaking the onstage chemistry between Daisy and Billy, the lead singer of The Six. After that there is no turning back, and a legend is born. Continue reading “Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

IMG_4920‘Do you understand what I’m telling you? When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things. If you learn one thing from me, it should probably be that.’

In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a movie legend decides to tell her story to a relatively unknown reporter that she herself chose. What unfolds is a fascinating story of an incredible life, full of high highs and crushing lows, incredible success and painful loss. We learn about Evelyn’s successful career and the seven husbands along the way, while also uncovering a possible connection between the movie star and the reporter chosen for the interview. The result is a gripping tale of ambition and lessons learned along the way, combined with a touch of mystery as the reason for Evelyn’s choice of reporter is revealed.

“It would take me years to figure out that life doesn’t get easier simply because it gets more glamorous. But you couldn’t have told me that when I was fourteen.”

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is truly a talented writer, and that talent is evident in this newest release. While it is a departure from her previous novels, it still has all the components that make her books such compelling and addictive reads. The main one being the brilliant depth and complexity of character that comes across so effortlessly, pulling you into the story and allowing you to experience the range of emotions throughout. Evelyn is an incredibly compelling character and it is difficult to not get completely swept away in her story and way of narrating. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a spellbinding novel that leaves a lasting impression.

‘Oh, I know the world prefers a woman who doesn’t know her power, but I’m sick of all that.’

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

BLOG“There is a larger plan out there. Everything happens for a reason. Isn’t that what they say?”

Hannah Martin is twenty-nine years old and in a very uncertain place in her life.  She is unsure of what she wants to do, where she wants to live, and ultimately, where she belongs.  After living in a number of different cities, working meaningless jobs, and going through a terrible relationship, she decides to move back to her hometown of LA.  Hannah is determined to make better decisions and to finally be able to build a life for herself.  During her first night back, her best friend Gabby throws a party in her honour inviting all of Hannah’s old friends, one of which is her high school love, Ethan.  At the end of the night, Hannah is faced with a decision: go home with Gabby, or stay with Ethan.  The book then splits into two storylines, one where Hannah goes home with Gabby and the other where she stays with Ethan, showing us the path her life takes with each choice.

Maybe in Another Life is a page-turning, thought-provoking, gem of a novel.  It grabbed me from the very beginning and I simply couldn’t put it down.  In parallel storylines we get to see the results and consequences of Hannah’s decision, the parts that end up being the same and the parts that are drastically different.  Each chapter jumps from one story to the other, unravelling a fascinating journey and exploring themes of love, friendship, fate, forgiveness and the search for meaning.  The characters are relatable, imperfect people who make mistakes, making them easy to identify with.

We make choices everyday, some affecting the course our lives take. However, certain outcomes will happen no matter what choices we make. Maybe in Another Life shows us that whatever road you take, there is happiness to be found.

Favourite quote: “… I think I have to believe that life will work out the way it needs to. If everything that happens in the world is just a result of chance and there’s no rhyme or reason to any of it, that’s just too chaotic for me to handle. I’d have to go around questioning every decision I’ve ever made, every decision I will ever make. If our fate is determined with every step we take… it’s too exhausting. I’d prefer to believe that things happen as they are meant to happen.”