TITLE: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
AUTHOR: Taylor Jenkins Reid
PUBLICATION DATE: June 13th, 2017
GENRE: Historical fiction, Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Graphic sex, domestic abuse, abortion, alcoholism, underage marriage
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.
“I am under absolutely no obligation to make sense to you.”
This is my second time reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The first time I read it, it took me by complete surprise. I loved every second of it. I had such a bad book hangover that I didn’t read anything for two weeks after. Just because I couldn’t stop thinking about Evelyn and Celia. This is the review I wrote:
Have you ever read a book that was so good you know that there’s absolutely no way you can write a legit review for it?
This is how I feel about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’m not even going to attempt to write a review.
All I’m going to say is this: Do you yourself a favor and give this book a shot. Look past the awful cover and kind of boring synopsis. I promise you it will be so much better than you imagine.
I’m going to try to write a more thorough review this time.
I loved and hated Evelyn Hugo. I don’t think you can go through this book without falling in love with her, but also wanting to ask her ‘What the hell, Evelyn??’ a few times. But that’s WHY I love her. She was not a perfect person, nor was she a bad person. She did do bad things. But she also did some really good things. She’s one of the most genuine female characters I have ever read, and for that I want to thank Taylor Jenkins Reid for writing her.
Needless to say, I loved it just as much this time as I did last time. Maybe even more. I think this might be one of my favorite standalone novels ever.
This book has so many layers that it really is nearly impossible to convey just how good it was. It made me smile like an idiot and cry like a baby. I really don’t know what else I could say to persuade those who haven’t read it to pick it it up. I promise you won’t regret it.