This is the second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I’ve read (the first one being Daisy Jones and the Six) and it’s, quite literally, a stunner. I was afraid this book was too hyped up, and I went into it feeling a little disappointed because while I was reading it, I felt it was okay, but not great. All of that changes by the end. At first, the character of Evelyn Hugo feels like a caricature. By the end, she’s so fleshed out and human that I feel like I know this character better than I know myself.
At first, I also didn’t vibe with Evelyn’s love interest, with the acclaimed love of her life. By the end, I was so touched and moved by their love story that yes–I ended up crying. And this is the standard for me giving a book five stars. It if makes me cry, if it moves me to tears, then it’s a five-star rating for me. And this book moved me in a way that I feel will affect me for some time. Book like these, which in a sense serve to deepen one’s humanity, are definitely five star material.
I thought I knew where the ending was headed towards from the very beginning, and while I was partially right, there was also this huge twist at the end that I didn’t see coming at all. I really how the narrative was so non-judgmental in general. This is not a moralistic story, and it’s better for it. I loved how Evelyn was hyper aware of all of her flaws. It’s just such a good book in every single way. I highly recommend it, and I can confidently say that the hype is definitely worth it.