The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid
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. Goodreads Synopsis
This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, the first being One True Loves. I was ecstatic when the mailman had delivered this beauty to my door!
However, reading the book left me wanting more. Parts throughout the book I became bored. This makes me sad to even say because it really is a good book and story, I just wanted something more from it.
For me, this is one of those books that I come to appreciate more after the words on the page have sunk in and settled.
I loved the strength that Evelyn possesses and tries to imprint on Monique. I think every woman can gain something from Evelyn Hugo!
Taylor Jenkins Reid created such a realistic story that I found myself googling some of the characters because I just knew they were true Hollywood starlets. (not so spoiler alert: it’s all fiction)
I think fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and general women’s lit will be pleased with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.