I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in January. This book was being hyped-up everywhere, so I decided to jump on the reading bandwagon. And it didn’t disappoint! In fact, I went into reading this book not knowing anything and came out feeling pleasantly surprised.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tells the story of legendary, fictional movie star Evelyn Hugo, who lived and worked in the golden age of Hollywood. A bit like Elizabeth Taylor, Evelyn is known for having been married many times. In her old age, she chooses rookie magazine reporter Monique to interview her and write her memoir. Monique has no idea why she is being chosen by Evelyn, but she jumps at the opportunity. As Evelyn tells her story of making movies and marrying men, Monique finds that her own life is connected to Evelyn’s in a way that she never imagined.
There’s so much I want to say about this book. Firstly, it was addictive. I loved reading all the twists and turns in Evelyn’s rise to the top. She’s a complicated character who does what she needs to do to survive in a ruthless industry. She reminded me a bit of a character like Scarlett O’Hara who does what is necessary, even if it puts people off-side. Beneath the accounts of her meeting and marrying her seven husbands is an unexpected love story that I had no idea existed before starting this novel. I’d love to talk about it but I think the beauty of this novel lies in going in without knowing too much. Let’s just say, you learn who the real love of Evelyn’s life is.
Evelyn is a complicated character who you can cheer for and dislike at the same time. That’s what makes her so compelling to read about. As a movie buff and fan of cinema history, I really loved reading about the studio system and all the triumphs and tribulations of being an actress from the 1950s onward. I enjoyed this book so much. It deserves all the positive reviews coming from readers everywhere.
Verdict: A mesmerising, glamorous read which I highly recommend.