The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid -- Review

Monday, June 26, 2017


Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid 
Pages: 400
Publishing: June 13th 2017 by Atria Books
ISBN: 1501139231 

Synopsis: 

From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

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 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 through the decades—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.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating 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 takes—to face the truth.


Review: 

I've heard so much about Taylor Jenkins Reid but I've never read anything she has written until The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I am now a HUGE fan and plan to pick up the rest of Reid's books as soon as possible. Evelyn Hugo was such a brilliant character and I couldn't put this novel down. She was beautiful, rich, and everything Hollywood needed her to be, but what did she have to do to get to that point? Who did she have to hurt to get to the top? The Seven Husbands of  Evelyn Hugo follows Evelyn as  she narrates her fabulous life story and all of the terrible things she had to do to get to that point. 

I absolutely loved the writing style and the characters. Reid's writing was so eloquent and realistic that I felt like I was walking down the red carpet with Evelyn. I was completely drawn into the story and the outcome. I couldn't put the novel down and had to know how it would end. Even though Evelyn did a lot of terrible things to get to the top, I still found myself admiring her ambition. 

All in all, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a well written and entertaining story about love, friendship and betrayal and the things people do in order to get what they want. It is the perfect summer read and I would highly recommend this novel! A huge thank you to Atria books, NetGalley, and BookSparks for sharing the wonderful world of Evelyn Hugo! 

Rating 4/5 







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