Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
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 absolutely loved this book and I now know why everyone was hyping it up so much. It’s definitely worthy of all the hype. I’m so glad I read it. I didn’t really know what it was about when I first started but the more I read the deeper in love I fell. I’m probably going to do a reread of it early next year by listening to the audiobook.
Evelyn Hugo has become one of my all time favorite female protagonists. She’s such a multifaceted character that messes up and makes mistakes. She’s also not afraid to admit that she has messed up multiple times. She admits that she has hurt people. Even though she did make some questionable choices I still loved her.
Reid’s writing style is beautiful and I loved it a lot. I was fully enthralled in the story that she was creating. Everything was planned out well and the pacing was good. The way the story jumped from the present to the past was also done really well and it didn’t disrupt the flow at all. Also the last line of the book is such a good way to end a book. It honestly was a punch to the gut in the best way possible.
As for the story I was on the edge of my seat the whole time but especially during the middle. Every time something new was revealed my emotions were a mess. There was just something about the story that captivated me and kept me hooked throughout the book. Even though I didn’t see the big reveal coming, I still enjoyed it being revealed.
As soon as I finished reading, I immediately started recommending it to everyone I knew. My sister ended up reading it and she also enjoyed it a lot as well. This book also makes me want to read more adult novels which I normally don’t read. If you haven’t read this book yet, why are you reading this review?? Instead go get the book and start reading it instead. I’m now going to listen to Daisy Jones and The Six since I’ve heard good things about the audiobook.