Taylor Jenkins Rein released her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, in 2013. Since then, she’s stolen readers’ hearts everywhere and reached the New York Times Best Sellers list four times. Her books are chock-full of Hollywood glam, secrets, fraught relationships and unreasonable societal expectations.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books have taken the world by storm. With novels like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid has solidified her place in pop culture. She’s even caught the eye of Reese Witherspoon, who is currently hard at work turning Daisy Jones & The Six into a limited series.
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Perhaps you’ve somehow never heard of Taylor Jenkins Reid and you want to know where to start– or you’ve read one of her books and want to know where to go next. Never fear, we are here to help. This complete guide to all Taylor Jenkins Reid novels will help you decide which one to pick up next.
Our intent is to help you figure out where to start with Reid and then where to go next. So, this guide is divided into two sections. First, we’ve got a list of top 5 best Taylor Jenkins Reid books. Then, we have a list of all of her books ranked, with pub date and a short synopsis for each.
What Are the Best Taylor Jenkins Reid Books: The Top 5 Rated
If you want to cut to the chase, here are her top rated books:
|4.46||The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo|
|4.26||Carrie Soto is Back|
|4.24||Daisy Jones & the Six|
|4.09||One True Loves|
All Taylor Jenkins Reid Books, Ranked
- Rating: 4.46
- Pub date: May 2018
Evelyn had a plan to get out of her dreary life in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and boy did she execute on it. She ended up an “it girl” during the 1950’s golden era of Hollywood. She not only racked up seven husbands, but she has a closet full of skeletons and a lot of stories to tell. Toward the end of her life, she engages with Monique, a journalist, to spill it all.
This is a great for its themes of how to navigate the patriarchy, warped entertainment culture, keeping secrets and how to own your life.
This isn’t a new Taylor Jenkins Reid book, but it remains popular with individuals and book clubs (check out our book club guide for Evelyn Hugo.) If you’ve already read and loved the book, then check out our list featuring books similar to Evelyn Hugo.
- Rating: 4.26
- Pub date: August 2022
Carrie Soto Is Back tells the story of a fierce competitor who is determined to win at any cost. The character was first featured in Malibu Rising and now she has her own story.
When Carrie Soto retired, she was the best tennis player of all time – but times have changed. Carrie now has to watch a younger player, Nicki Chan, claim the title of the best in the game. At thirty-seven years old, Carrie is faced with the decision to stay in retirement and save her legacy, or put it all on the line and get back in the game.
“I loved Carrie. She’s stubborn as hell, selfish, and grumpy at times, but brilliant. She knows how to play, how to make strategies, how to attack, how to defend herself, and when to do it. And after all, she’s human.”
Carrie Soto was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Historical Fiction in 2022. Read it for book club and use our Carrie Soto discussion guide.
- Rating: 4.24
- Pub date: March 2019
Like Evelyn Hugo, this is another book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that has a glam/Hollywood angle.
Daisy Jones is the it-girl of Hollywood in the late sixties – every guy wanted her, and every girl wanted to be her. Daisy loves the sex and drugs, but she loves rock music more than anything. It’s not long before Daisy starts to make a name for herself and catches the attention of The Six and their lead singer Billy Dunne. What happens next is the stuff of legends.
“I expected this to be good because of the hype, but this was truly one of the best things I’ve read in a long time.”
Daisy Jones was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Historical Fiction in 2019. Read it for book club and use our Daisy Jones discussion guide.
- Rating: 4.09
- Pub date: June 2016
“This book was devastatingly beautiful in a way that only Taylor Jenkins Reid can do. I’m usually not a fan of ‘love triangles,’ but THIS is how it’s done… I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I couldn’t do anything until I finished it.”
Emma Blair and her husband Jesse have been together since high school. They built a life for themselves in Massachusetts until Jesse goes missing on their first wedding anniversary. Devastated, Emma works hard to rebuild her life without Jesse, and this includes falling in love with an old friend, Sam. Sam is Emma’s second chance at happiness until Jesse is found. Alive.
Emma knows she has to follow her heart, but she’s not sure what it’s saying.
- Rating: 4.08
- Pub date: June 2021
The book follows the Riva siblings over the course of 24 hours, as they prepare to attend their famous sister Nina’s house party. These flawed characters come to the party packing a combustible brew of secrets, toxic relationships, betrayals and emotional family dysfunction.
By the end of the party, it all spills over and the house party (literally) ends up in flames.
Read it for your book club and use our Malibu Rising discussion guide.
Malibu Rising was also a popular read with Jenna book club pick. We have a whole list of Jenna’s recommendations if you are looking for more book ideas.
- Rating: 3.99
- Pub date: July 2014
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches a breaking point, they come up with a plan. They’ll take a year apart in the hopes that they’ll fall in love with each other again. There’s only one rule for their year apart: they’re not allowed to contact each other.
Lauren’s journey of self-discovery begins to change her ideas of her relationship and monogamy. She begins to question what she values and if her relationship is worth fighting for.
“This book seems so incredibly simple, yet so profoundly important… If you’re looking for a realistic, inspiring plot about love and family that’s light on the angst but flooding with inspiration – this may quite possibly be the book for you!”
- Rating: 3.94
- Pub date: September 2018
A desperate woman in California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met.
“Dear Stranger… My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…”
Told entirely in an epistolary form using letters between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer, the heartbreaking details of the affair between their spouses are revealed.
“This short story gave me a complete character arc and kept me on my toes the entire time! That’s all you can really ask for. I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did, but I’m so glad that I read it!”
- Rating: 3.81
- Pub date: July 2015
At the age of 29, Hannah Martin still doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life.
One night while out with a friend, she’s faced with a decision. Leave with the friend she came with, or get a ride home with Ethan, a man from her past.
In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives with the consequences of each decision. These parallel universes quickly develop into radically different storylines that change the lives of Hannah and those close to her.
“There’s heartache and mess contained within these pages, but Maybe in Another Life is mostly a mature coming-of-age story about fate and choices and finding happiness when you’re around thirty and still have nothing figured out in your life.”
- Rating: 3.71
- Pub date: July 2013
“Things happen in your life that you can’t possibly imagine. But time goes on, and time changes you, and the times change, and the next thing you know, you’re smack in the middle of a life you never saw coming.”
Elsie Porter met Ben Ross one night, and their chemistry was instant. By May, the two were married. It seemed like their happy ever after until Ben is killed nine days later. After Ben’s death, Elsie is forced to face Susan, the mother-in-law who didn’t even know she existed.
Elsie and Ben’s fairytale romance is intertwined with Elsie and Susan’s road to healing in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel.
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Authored by Heather Cuellar.
The book that made her fall in love with reading was Harry Potter in the 4th grade, and she’s been obsessed with books ever since. She’s a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English. Studying English opened her eyes to how beautiful classic literature is, and she’s currently on a quest to read as many classics as she can get her hands on.