The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Full disclosure: I read and finished this in the summer but I had a hard time processing it all. I thought maybe time would lighten my feelings a bit but alas, I am at the same conclusion and this review is long overdue. So here are my thoughts on The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo. Don’t come at me….
Aging 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. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a mesmerizing 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 costs–to face the truth.
Why did I have such a hard time with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? Well there is only one reason as to why and it is Evelyn Hugo herself. She is a full out manipulator. She is not a nice person. She does what is needed to get her fame yet is often extremely selfish and hurtful while doing it.
However, can you really fault her? Evelyn makes things happen for herself – just not in the best way. And she accomplishes so much. She rules Hollywood and the tabloids. She is the villain in her own story and owns it. How can you not like a character like that? Isn’t it kinda amazing that Taylor Jenkins Reid can write a character that can drive a reader so mad? Do I like her? Do I hate her yet respect her? Maybe it is all of the above…..
When it comes to the plot, the writing, the flow – Taylor Jenkins Reid writes the story so beautifully effortless. She truly is one helluva writer. The backstory of how Angela Grant, the magazine writer who has the once in a life time opportunity to write Evelyn’s memoir, finds herself thru it all is so incredible and heartwarming. Angela learns to take a stand , she learns to empower herself and it is Evelyn that pushes her to do so.
Then there is Harry…”brilliant, kindhearted, tortured Harry Cameron”. Harry is by far my favorite character. I just absolutely love and adore him (the irony is not lost on me).
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one great story filled with Hollywood glamour. It is intriguing and entertaining. There are shocking twists and turns along with a romance and heartbreak that will keep readers entertained throughout the entire novel.