The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

389 pages

English language

Published Dec. 16, 2018

ISBN:
9781501161933
Goodreads:
33160963

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4 stars (34 reviews)

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 …

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Review of 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Reid knows how to write a gripping, entertaining novel! I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this one, and was pulled in again by the twist ending. Just didn't love it as much as Daisy Jones - I found the dialogue in this one to be super cheesy and tended to scan through several pages after the third marriage ... worth a read just for the ending though.

Decepcionada por las expectativas

2 stars

Los siete maridos de Evelyn Hugo es un libro del que esperaba algo más, aunque no sé muy bien qué. Es una lectura amena, no me fue difícil entrar en la historia y enganchar capítulo tras capítulo para ver qué pasaba, pero me faltaba algo. Quizás era conectar más con lo que me contaba y con los personajes, lo que solo conseguí en momentos muy concretos de la historia. Puede que a mí en general me cueste empatizar con la gente rica (la mayoría de personajes lo son), pero el estilo además no ha ayudado en absoluto, la manera de contar las cosas lo volvía todo superficial: lo que sentían los personajes, cómo se relacionaban, la experiencia de tener una sexualidad no normativa o ser racializada… Quizás se trate de eso, de la superficialidad de Hollywood, del dinero y la fama, pero no me parece que fuese eso lo que …

Review of 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

finished The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I will never be the same.
this fucking book just kept hurting everyday & amazing page turner. I'm sad I finished it bc I know there never will be another like it. it's sosososo good. one of the best reads of my life.
I don't like to read romance novels because I never relate to them, ever. but the way taylor jenkin reid created Evelyn & her undying love for Ceila made me cry & understand and relate to her.
she portrayed Evelyn's the bad, the good & the ugly sides perfectly.
also the perfect portation of found family & platonic love between Evelyn and Harry & his boyfriends??? Reid absolutely nailed it with them!
and the plot twist at the end?????? PERFFFFECT! I never screamed so loudly. the tension of that moment alone was so great.

as I said, one of …

Review of 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This is a (kind of) good book but it's not great. There is no depth of character even though you are given Evelyn Hugo's whole life story within the pages. Evelyn was a cardboard cutout (and unlikable) and all you really know about her can be summed up in a few sentences. Just somewhat above ok-ish truthfully.

I liked the old Hollywood setting though. I liked the period of time it brought back to life-when America worshipped movie stars, bought magazines to catch up on the latest gossip, went to theaters to watch their favorite stars perform. It really was a big deal back in the 40s to about the mid 70s. Movie studios controlled the artists' lives back in the earlier days and would manipulate and curate the artists' persona, love life, artistic choices, fashion. Cover up messes and hide scandals, too. I grew up at the tail end …

Review of 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

HOW can a book be THIS good? I just finished it and already want to read it again. I will be thinking about all of the seemingly small parts of the book that added up to a greater story for days because there were so many. It is everything I want in a book—a deep dive into a character’s thoughts and emotions and desires, a “holy shit???” moment at the end, beautifully descriptive yet not overwhelming writing. And best of all, it offered an extremely complex character who I both loved and felt empathy for but still respected despite some questionable choices. The author did an amazing job at making this character so human. I could incoherently gush forever, but this book just Did It for me and has earned a place in my all-time faves.

Review of 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Total beach book. If you're looking for serious literature, you'll scratch your head at my four-star rating. But if you go in looking for something light that's a fun summer read and nice alternative to the psychological thrillers with untrustworthy protagonists that seem to be all the rage, you'll leave satisfied.

Review of 'The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I'm going to need a "Blame it on Litsy" shelf, aren't I? Because this is definitely a blame it on Litsy. It was a BOTM (another Blame it on Litsy!) choice, but I didn't pick it. But it seemed like everybody else had and were raving about it.

There's so much I want to say about this book but I will refrain because it's almost all spoilers. But I fell hard into this book -- way harder than I expected to -- and was ridiculously invested in Evelyn's life, and the lives of the secondary characters. I also was at the edge of my seat waiting for the why of Evelyn demanding Monique write her story. (It paid off like a gut punch. Oof.)

On the surface, it's a fictional Hollywood memoir. But past that, it's a deeply compelling story of identity and self, doing what one must to survive …

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