A Short Review of Evelyn Hugo

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoIMG_0088

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

# of Pages: 385

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

Reclusive Hollywood 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 to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.

Determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. 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. But as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likeable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendour of Old Hollywood into the sobering 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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Readers enjoy the books they read for a multitude of reasons. I feel like every reader has small features that make a book more appealing for them. For me, I like books more when they have a quirky trait, making them different. Listed below are some examples to clarify what I mean;

  • The Book Thief – Told from the perspective of death.
  • The Last Magician & Other Fantasies – If fantasies take place in the past, mentioning historical figures or locations of that same time period.

Taylor Jenkins Reid writes The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in a different way by separating the book into 7 parts, 1 for each of Evelyn Hugo’s 7 husbands.

Evelyn Hugo is one of the most developed characters that I have ever read. She becomes a Hollywood actress and fights to keep herself relevant in a cut-throat business. The actions she takes will entrance the reader and make them want to continue reading. Each of her seven husbands contributed in one way or another to further her career.

The story of her one true love is intertwined throughout the entirety of the novel. It was my favorite part of the story! It wasn’t an easy relationship. The romance between them contained both moments of tragedy and beauty. I hoped that this relationship would have a happy ending.

If you have heard about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and looking for a reason to read it, I hope this is it. READ THIS!

rating system 4.5 stars

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