Review – The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Title: The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Shuster audio

Narrator: Julia Whelan, Robin Miles, Alma Cuervo

Page count: 388

Release day: June 13th 2017

Series: Standalone

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Historical fiction

Rating: 4 stars

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

Aging and 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.

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My thoughts:

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?

9 Replies to “Review – The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

  1. There is just so so much hype for this book that I was a bit worried that the hype wouldn’t live up to it. Your review has finally convinced me that I need to pick it up. I’m down for something that will make me have a jaw drop moment in public. Wonderful review! 🙂

    1. Thanks you ☺️ I hope you enjoy it when you read it 🙂

      Evelynreads says:
  2. Glad you liked it!! I’ve heard some parts of the book are a bit hard to read, so I’ve been putting it off. But I guess I should give it a try sometime! And I hardly ever see a MC with my name so it’s super weird when I do come across one. 😛

  3. It doesn’t sound like the kind of book I would like and yet I do like the sound of it. Go figure.It kind of made me immediately think of Hollywood Boulevard (an old B&W movie about an aging actress) that and a strange mix of other things that just leave me intrigued,Perhaps one for audioLynn 😀

    1. It is also not something I would normally read but I ended up really enjoying it ☺️ and yes the audiobook is amazing!

      Evelynreads says:
  4. I am glad you liked this book so much! I agree with you about the interviewer though, those parts were always a bit less interesting. How funny that you never hear your name as the main character and that year TWO huge (hyped) books came out with the same name :] Of course I am also referring to The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (though, I think someone said the audiobook pronounced this Evelyn a little differently)

    1. Yeah I know about Evelyn Hardcastle, but that one doesn’t interest me at all haha. But I was indeed really surprised that two books released around the same time with my name in the title haha

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