Published – June 13th 2017
Genre – Fiction
Summary – From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.
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I think I’ve waited long enough to review this…
With the inclusion in Book of the Month club earlier this summer, Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was All. The. Rage.
The plot line was right up my alley and I had to get my hands on it. I was able to a few weeks later and I devoured the book.
However, when I flipped the last page and closed the back cover, I didn’t feel as attached to the story as I hoped.
I expected more Hollywood drama. Evelyn Hugo definitely had her share of ups and downs, but I missed her emotions through it. I didn’t connect with her as a character as I wished. I didn’t understand some of the things she did. To be honest, I connected with Monique Grant more than Evelyn Hugo.
Now I understand the story was building up to be more than your petty drama.
Maybe this review is clouded by a few months, but I personally feel like I made it up to be this phenomenal book and it just felt short.
Another Book of the Month pick was The Mothers by Britt Bennett and that book is still running through my head.
That all being said, I did think Seven Husbands was a good book. I promise. I just had the bar too high.
Alright, now for some good things!!
It goes without saying that it was well written. Taylor Jenkins Reid did a phenomenal job spinning this story and weaving present day with past years.
When I think about it, maybe I wasn’t meant to connect with Evelyn Hugo right away. Reid created Evelyn with so many layers that are slowly peeled back. You think you are getting to the core to find out you’re still miles away.
Can you blame her? Evelyn’s image was built on Hollywood smoke and mirrors. In fact, I don’t know whether to applaud or be sadly disgusted.
Not the stellar review I hoped to write, but I do urge you to pick up Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. You’ll love it, I swear.