Going into “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I knew I should be expecting something spectacular. And still, it managed to surprise me and leave me amazed.
About The Book:
Format I read it in: Audiobook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Amazon UK | Amazon US
Evelyn Hugo is one of the most renowned Hollywood actresses of her time. Over the years, she has made a true legacy with the many movies she has made and the Oscars she has won. And yet, what fans are always wondering about are her husbands. After all, Evelyn Hugo had seven husbands in her lifetime and managed to outlive them all. And now, in the 80’s, she’s ready to tell her story. But only if Monique is the one writing it.
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 jump-start her career.
During the next few weeks, Evelyn shares all the secrets she has with Monique. It’s finally time for the world to know who Evelyn Hugo really is.
I can’t help but wonder how I would have felt it I had read the paperback copy of the book, instead of listening to it. And the more I think, the more convinced I am that I would have enjoyed the same. Except maybe I would have made more notes and captures a few more quotes. Listening to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo took me on a journey, that I’m not sure I was expecting, but it was one I most certainly needed.
Evelyn’s strong character and personality shines from the very first chapter. Having met some very big celebrities in my life, I could exactly picture that aura that she carries, where people walk on their tip toes when she’s around. That moment when you know you’re surrounded by greatness. That is Evelyn. And with every new page, I was more and more invested in what she had to say. Her determination is contagious. And her upbringing sad. The way men treat her is outrageous, but the way she lets them is even more aggravating. But she knows what she wants and she’s aware what she needs to do to get there.
“Be wary of men who need something to prove.”
And then Evelyn meets Celia, and things start to change, but also stay the same at the very same time. The relationship Evelyn has with Celia is so beautiful and so devastating. The happiness and the sadness that comes with it, and the burden of such a big secret that they have to bear. All because people are not ready to hear. The determination, sacrifices, love and hurt – with Evelyn I felt it all. And more.
Reading books that feature Hollywood celebrities is not my first pick, but I loved this book. I was hooked and couldn’t stop listening, from one chapter to the next. From one movie to the next one. And from one husband to another. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is sad, but beautiful. It was shocking, but not surprising to read about a Hollywood that has a certain idea of beauty and fame and a guidance on what’s right and what’s not.
I am so glad I picked this book up – it was definitely worth it. Both Evelyn and Monique and their unique stories really stuck to my heart, and I will cherish them always. 100% recommend.
About The Author:
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid.
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