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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Book Details:

  • Published Date: June 13, 2017
  • Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Genre: Fiction, Adult, Romance, LGBT, Historical
  • Format: Kindle
  • Length: 398 pages
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.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

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I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I read a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and kept my interest. I knew that I would finish this book pretty fast once I started reading it.

Evelyn is easily an unlikable character, but that is what made me want to continue reading this book. I wanted to understand what made her so special. Evelyn just came off so selfish and her relationship with Celia was triggering.

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t expecting it to take the route that it took. I was just thinking I was going to be reading a book about a woman and her relationships with the seven men that she married, but it was more than just “Evelyn married seven men”. Evelyn’s story is so much more than what it initially seems like and that alone is what intrigued me to continue reading this book.

I’d definitely suggest this, especially if you are into historical romances.

My Rating:

Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? What were your thoughts?


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