The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” was recommended to me as part of the #recommendationswap over on Instagram. A lovely lady named Gemma (@readingmumoftwo) recommended this book to me after hearing how much I enjoyed “Daisy Jones and The Six” by the same author.
I absolutely loved Daisy Jones in audiobook format, so decided that I wanted to listen to Evelyn Hugo as well. I’m so glad to say that it didn’t disappoint and this was the perfect recommendation for me.
Just like Daisy, Evelyn is a fictional superstar, but I wouldn’t blame you for thinking she was real. This immersive story looks at the life of Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo, a woman known, among other things, for having had seven husbands. Now in her 80s, Evelyn is ready to share her story and has chosen to tell it to magazine journalist Monique Grant.
Evelyn’s life has certainly been an interesting one, filled with many challenges, highs and lows, loves and losses. I particularly enjoyed reading about Hollywood in the early days as Evelyn was prepared to forge herself a career in tinsel town through any means necessary. I don’t wish to say too much, as I want you to enjoy the story as much as I did first time round, but I will say that this is a powerful story covering a wide range of themes, from love and marriage, right through to race, sexuality, abuse and outdated social norms. Evelyn is a flawed character, but she’s iconic and one that’ll likely stick with me for a while.
I loved this book, its complex characters and it’s powerful story. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding this book and I’m very happy to add to it – highly recommended!
Overall rating: “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is an absolute gem and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Telling the story of Evelyn Hugo, a larger than life movie star, this story is truly immersive and will have you hooked – another strong 5 stars!
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