THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO - TAYLOR JENKINS REID

 

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: June 2017

Genres: Historical Fiction/Romance (LGBT)

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. 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—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

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Is it against the rules to give a book 6 stars on a 0-5 star rating scale? Fuck it*, I'm going to take a leaf from Evelyn herself and make my own rules. It has officially made my all-time top 5. Have you ever read a book where you wanted to digest and savour every single word, but also consume it all as quick as possible because you craved more? Yeah, that was me the entire time 🙋🏼‍♀️ The book was divided into seven cleverly-titled chapters, one for each era or "husband". There was endless depth to the characters, their emotions and their behaviours. It was a story of immense growth, in which we saw Evelyn learn how to be a woman in a man's world, and voluntarily suffer from the lies she spread in order to protect herself and those she loved. But the real power of this book is rooted in the centralisation of a bisexual Cuban woman, and the exploration of racism, homophobia and misogyny. It was a not-so-gentle reminder that life is short, and to spend it doing anything other than loving those worthy of it, is a gross misuse. 
*excuse my French  

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ahh McCain (I mean @tjenkinsreid), you’ve done it again! I read this straight after Daisy Jones because I wanted to see if I could have back to back books living up to their hype. At the time, it seemed improbable, but SUCCESS everyone because it was (in my humble opinion, almost) just as great! Once again, a well developed, character driven story. I loved the change of writing structure, the character insights and just the overall style. Evelyn Hugo, Hollywood star and famous icon, lived in the public eye, yet held so many secrets. When Monique Grant, a wannabe nobody, is asked to write her memoir, it certainly raises eyebrows amongst her colleagues. You spend the book pondering their connection, and at the end you find the answer. The more I learnt and got to know Evelyn, the more I adored her. Seven husbands, an impossible love, endless talent, glitz and glamour, it was a remarkable story. In reflection, I feel I was tad harsh to draw comparisons between Daisy and Evelyn. But I stand by my 4 stars.

 

CONTENT WARNING

Sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse, alcoholism, mentions of suicide.

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