Book Review | The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is a Hollywood movie icon from the 1950s and has lived a glamorous and scandalous life. Now ageing and reclusive she approaches an unknown magazine reporter to tell the truth about her life. Monique Grant the magazine reporter is shocked to be getting such an opportunity. Why her? Why now? Her husband has recently left her and her career has been going nowhere so she is going to seize this opportunity. The book unfolds as Monique listens to Evelyn tell her story from her moving to LA in the 1950s to her leaving show business in the 1980s and her seven husbands along the way. Monique begins to feel a connection with Evelyn and as the story draws to a close it becomes clear their two lives intersect in tragic and irreversible ways. It is a story of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship and forbidden love.
The characters are easily relatable and although the life Evelyn has led is far from familiar to the average person it is captivating and leaves you wanting to know more with every page turn. Relating to Evelyn's decision making was effortless as I have found myself making questionable decisions at many points in my life too. There were times I was thinking Nooooooooo don’t do it and hoping for a different outcome but alas I would’ve probably done the same. I love how the author made a Hollywood stars life relatable to the reader showing all the facets of the characters rather than an idealised or stereotypical version.
It is hard to choose a favourite part of the book as there are so many great moments for me. I love the way Evelyn talks to people, the attitude she has toward life and challenging situations as well as the love story about the love of her life. I was so invested in the characters and the outcomes for each of them, there were happy moments alongside heartbreaking moments. I would definitely recommend this book if you like contemporary literature, romance and LGBT representation. It truly was a riveting read, I’m going to give this book 5 stars. I also highly recommend the audiobook version, I thought the narration was excellent.