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

evelyn hugoAging 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.

Review

Next time my friends recommend a book, I won’t think twice about it! I’ll run to the nearest bookstore and just get it. This is what I should have done with Evelyn. Instead, I was secretly judging y’all, wondering why you were so excited about a woman who had a ridiculous amount of husbands. I thought that’s all the book is about. A woman and her husbands. I was wrong!

Evelyn Hugo is a star! She knew she wanted to make it to Hollywood and did everything possible to get there. Once in Hollywood, she did everything possible to get to the mountain top. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tells of her highs, lows and along the way, it also spill a number of scandalous Hollywood secrets. I know this is fiction but I will never look at Hollywood stars the same way again.

The story is narrated in two main perspectives. Monique is the journalist who receives the deal of a lifetime, an interview with Evelyn Hugo. It’s the first time that Evelyn has accepted to be covered by media in years. In addition, she is ready to tell it all. Through Monique’s narrative, we get to find out about Evelyn. We also get to find out about Monique’s life and the reason why Evelyn wants to tell her story.

I was captivated by it all. The glamour, secrets and lies. I even thought of Evelyn as a real person. At some point, I wanted to Google her and see her photos. However, the author gave the perfect vivid description of her. I will always think of her in her green gowns and those legendary tits (this isn’t me being weird but her tits were something else in the book). Another thing that had me turning pages almost impulsively is Taylor’s writing. She has a way with words. I wanted to write down her quotes or just save them in my heart. She said words that I wish I had thought of. The kinds of words that you’d expect to find on bookmarks, wall hangings. The quotes that you speak to other people and they think you are the smartest, most interesting person alive. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes beautifully!

I loved this book. It was my turn to pick a book for my book-club and I am glad I chose this one. However, I have a feeling that I will be staring daggers at anyone who says a bad word about it. The book-club meets on April 13th. I hope everyone loves this one as much as I do. Anyone who doesn’t will…. Ok, no threats. I highly recommend this one to you all!