Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
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.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has been RAVED about in the bookish community over the last year, and now I can finally see why. This book was INCREDIBLE.
The story follows two main characters and narrators, Evelyn, a Hollywood celebrity and actress who is now retired and ready to tell her life story and Monique, a journalist who is finally getting big break by being offered the chance to write and sell exclusive rights to the autobiography of Evelyn Hugo – although she can’t seem to work out why Evelyn is so adamant that she be the one to write it. The story read almost like a deeper chick-lit and was so much fun.
In terms of the writing style, I really enjoyed that this story was told in alternating chapters, between the past, with a first-person perspective of the glitz and glam of Evelyn’s career in the 50s/60s/70s and the present, narrated through the character of Monique. I feel this allowed Evelyn’s story to keep you intrigued, and enthralled in the plotline right until the end, which was heartbreaking, although somewhat predictable.
The characterisation was well done, especially through Evelyn, who I could loathe one minute and completely sympathise with the next! The character of Monique, however, did fall a little flat, but then I felt that she was not the KEY character, and as the book was shorter, I’d forgive this. Nevertheless, several side characters in Evelyn’s story were well fleshed out and deeper characters – who I really enjoyed reading about.
There is a sub-plot, which could be perceived as the main plot and a side genre for this book to fit into which I found really fun, interesting and insightful, however, I feel as though stating this genre/plot etc. would be a spoiler itself and so I would simply urge the reader of this one to go into it blind! You will not regret it.
Overall, I was completely blown away by this story. This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I will no doubt be reading a lot more from her in the future!
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