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.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a unique and wonderful book about the life of a fictional Hollywood actress and her turbulent love story.
It’s a historical fiction which jumps between past and present. The chapters that look back on the past read like an biography. Readers will learn all about Evelyn’s love life and why she had seven husbands.
The other chapters focus on the present day, where Monique, a journalist is asked to write the biography by Evelyn. There are also chapters that give an insight into Monique’s relationships with her mother, boss and soon to be ex-husband. I enjoyed her interactions with Evelyn and how their relationship evolved by the end of the book.
Even though Evelyn is loved by the public as a famous actress, she is flawed and doesn’t always make the best decisions. This adds great depth to her character and made her even more likeable and believable. Like most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books, her plots always seem as if they are true stories because they are so realistic.
Celia, a recurring character throughout the book, seemed a bit overbearing and dramatic. I assume based on the plot she was meant to be quite a loveable character but I didn’t care much for her.
One of my favourite characters in the book was Harry, Evelyn’s fifth husband. Their friendship was so pure and it was really enjoyable to read. Even though they went through difficult times in their own lives, they always supported each other.
The format of the book was really easy to read too. The chapters are short but there are several different parts to the story with sections on each one of Evelyn’s husbands.
A lot happens in this book that I just wasn’t expecting or prepared for. I particularly liked the LGBTQ+ representation and the hardships women also faced while trying to reach their goals, in comparison to the men in the same industry.
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