BOOK REVIEW: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
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.
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is fairly popular on TikTok, so I had to read it. This was my first experience with Taylor Jenkins Reid.
The book is pretty light-hearted despite a couple of heavy themes (i.e. having to hide same sex relationships in the 60s, 70s and 80s, plus a tragic death).
The story is interesting from the very beginning all the way through to the end. It’s enjoyable. I can’t say I’d recommend it for everyone, but I’m definitely open to reading more from this author.