The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
The book is about a Hollywood movie star Evelyn Hugo who is aging and finally wants to tell the whole truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. From the very beginning, she is adamant that there is only one person who can write the book and that’s Monique Grant. No one, not her editor, not even Monique herself understands why the famous Evelyn Hugo would choose her out of all people but she doesn’t need a lot of convincing and agrees to do it. The storyline follows Monique listening to Evelyn telling her life story from the 1950s to the current time, where she tells all the behind the scenes of a show business, secret love, all 7 of her husbands and about the real of her life.
The book was intriguing and very interesting, to say the least. The way the author writes about Evelyn Hugo’s life made me feel as if she was a real person and if I googled her right now, I could watch her films and see all the articles about her. Due to this and the scandalous Evelyn’s life, I couldn’t put the book down.
Evelyn’s life story shows us her unfiltered character, thoughts and reasons behind her actions throughout the years. She explains every detail of her life and the readers can see how ruthless and strong a person has to be to survive in the show business. How you have to constantly choose between fame and love and friendship, how you can’t be friends with your co-stars because essentially, you’re all rivals at the end of the day, and how over the line do you have to go to protect your secrets. It was mesmerizing and definitely made me appreciate the fact that I couldn’t be the person to survive that kind of life.
Evelyn is adamant to Monique that the readers know she is not a good person. She also wants to make clear that she would do all those ruthless things again and even more than that if it meant protecting the people she loves. It seems reasonable to Monique until she finds out why she was the chosen one to write Evelyn’s book. Until she finds out the secret that connects the two women and breaks Monique.
I loved the characters in the book, and even though I didn’t like a lot of things or decisions that Evelyn made, I loved her character too. I understood that she did what she had to do and at the end of the day, she was only human, and she did what she thought was right (or sometimes went against right just because she was selfish…). I felt heartbroken for her more time than I can count because of all the losses she had to go through her life. The deaths of all the people she loved until it was just her left, alone in the world, finally ready to tell her story.
I would highly recommend reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing is extraordinary, so I would highly recommend checking out her others books as well.