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

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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.

I was one of the very few people in the world (it seems) that actually didn’t really enjoy Daisy Jones and the Six. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on ever picking up another TJR book. But then I kept hearing about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and my best friend Courtney loved it so much she gave me her copy when she bought a hardback edition. So I thought I’d give it a go, and I don’t regret it.

I listened to most of this book on audio, and then read the last 80 or so pages in physical format because I just couldn’t put it down. The whole book was so good, but the last part of this book was simply astounding. TJR has woven a brilliant, genius story. I loved it.

People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, 

If there is one thing TJR manages across her books, it’s making her characters seem real. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Daisy Jones and the Six, I can definitely agree that the band themselves felt like a real band. And in this case, Evelyn herself felt like a real star, in all of her good, bad and ugly glory. I was so drawn into her story and into Monique’s, who was writing Evelyn’s autobiography. And although I can’t speak from personal experience about the bi rep, I feel like it was done really well.

The plot was so intriguing, and the ending had me absolutely shook. There are very few books I have been that surprised about, but I was left reeling with this one.

when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.

Overall, this book was so compelling and enjoyable to read. If you haven’t already, please go and pick it up!

★★★★★
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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