The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Takes the [Wedding] Cake

Be wary of men with something to prove.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In Summary of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Loosely based on actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner, Evelyn Hugo’s life is written  down in all of its glory – and scandalousness – by Monique Grant. Monique isn’t sure why she is the journalist chosen to write the famous actress’s life story, but she takes on the daunting task. She meets with the elderly actress daily to write down her story of humble beginnings as a hopeful actress in 1950s L.A. and follows her story through decades (and seven husbands along the way!) until the present to discover the secrets that Evelyn has been hiding. 

PositivesNegatives
Brings awareness to issues of gender and sexuality in HollywoodMetaphor and cliché-heavy; haters of cheesiness may not appreciate this
LGBTQ representationMoments of Evelyn’s life seem like highly unlikely situations to occur
Writing style allows for fluid reading

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

The Review

Have you ever had that feeling of immense sadness when a book, show, or experience ends, and you can no longer experience it again for the first time? 

That was me after finishing this book. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo took me on a red carpet ride of genuinely mesmerizing experience. The drama, the scandal, the heartbreak – you name it, and she’s got it. 

Don’t be fooled. Evelyn Hugo is definitely a morally grey female protagonist. If you’re looking for a pure, simple female character, then Evelyn is not your gal. She is far from innocent, yet far from evil. Evelyn is a character that is truly, realistically thrown out into the elements of the misogynistic, merciless world of Hollywood as a Cuban, bisexual female. Although Evelyn struts her “womanly wiles” to get what she wants, readers must present her with sympathy; when all odds are against you for factors you cannot control, people sometimes do what is necessary to survive and take control of their lives. To say someone should always make the most pure, moral decisions is ignorant to the true circumstances that some people face. This is exactly what I had to come to terms with in regard to Evelyn Hugo’s character.

Yes, she makes decisions I would say I would never make. But who am I to judge? 

I put off reading this book because I was scared it would disappoint; I can assure you that it does not. Then, I put off reviewing it because of the spaghetti-jumble of emotions it’s stirred in me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will make you feel something, so get those emotions ready for a ride.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Book Information

  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • ISBN:  9781501139239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Length: 400 pages

Learn About & Support the Author – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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