Title: The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Simon & Shuster audio
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Robin Miles, Alma Cuervo
Page count: 388
Release day: June 13th 2017
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Historical fiction
Rating: 4 stars
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
reclusive Hollywood movie icon 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 is more astounded than Monique
herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
I 100% started reading (listening to) this because of the hype! And let me tell you, it is worth it!
This was a really ‘easy’ listen, I finished it in like 3 days. Also the story really pulled me in. Evelyn had such an interesting and hard life. But she did whatever she had to do to get where she wanted to come. And that is also kinda inspiring.
As the title suggest Evelyn married 7 husbands. After each break up I just couldn’t wait to figure out who her next husband would be, and why she would marry him. Not everything she did was good, and she used a lot of people for her benefit, but I just wanted her to find happiness. Before I started this book I just could not imagine me being this invested in her life story.
There were of course some parts in her life that I was less interested in. But the main reason for me to take a star was that we also kept hearing about the interviewers personal life, and I couldn’t care less haha. Until the ending, the plot twist literary made me stand still with my mouth open haha. I had to remind myself that I was in public, and that it might looks weird. And another, really personal, complaint is that it was so weird to keep hearing my own name (but maybe unconsciously that helped me connect to the main character haha). I never read a book before where I have the same name as the main character, really rarely there is a side characters with the same name (And for some reason they often die…).
Come talk to me!
Is there a book where you have the same name as the main character?