The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel

389 pages

English language

Published Dec. 16, 2018

ISBN:
978-1-5011-6193-3
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4 stars (64 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'

5 stars

I hate Evelyn, but I think I like her very much.

I did not expect to give this book 5 stars. I was looking for a casual read. I wanted a break from my other books. What I received was an incredibly touching, beautiful and sad love story.

I judged The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo incorrectly. Much the same way Monique peels back the layers of Evelyn's life and understands motives and heartache, so did I. This story was extremely well written and it threw several emotional curveballs I hadn't experienced in other books from Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Being wanted meant having to satisfy. At least, that was my view of it back then.

"You loved having a movie star on your arm. You loved getting to be the one who slept in my bed. That's not love. That's possession."

"I have no idea what you're talking about", he …

I almost didn't finish this book, but I was pleasantly surprised.

4 stars

The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid was a roller coaster. I almost didn’t finish it shortly after I started reading it. The book mentions support for medically assisted suicide, feminism, and a few other controversial themes in a favorable light. Granted, I don’t have an issue with any of these things in theory, but the reality of what they have become, how they have been inverted and used to further corrupt political agendas is why mentions of these topics in a favorable light had me sitting a bit uncomfortable. A lot of things seem okay in theory, until you’ve gone down a few rabbit holes and see some ugly truths.

Despite my mixed feelings on these topics, I pushed through and managed to finish the book, and actually found myself pleasantly surprised!

Read my full review here: thecozy.cat/blog/the-seven-husbands-of-evelyn-hugo/

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.

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'

4 stars

Reid performs a fun balancing act of switching viewpoint characters, as well as sprinkling in ephemera from the history of the fictional protagonist. It's a very smooth and easy read, a real page-turner. While there are surprises and twists, they all feel very well-earned. It's a story of love, a story of devotion, a story of ruthlessness and of generosity.

By the end of the book, I really wished that Evelyn Hugo had been a real person, such is Reid's ability to create real characters. Monique and Harry and Celia all feel fully-realized as well, and even the characters who barely get any "screen time" act like people. The dialog is snappy and I'd love to have a snarky conversation with Evelyn.

Recommended to anyone who likes books about people and social norms.

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.

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