The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo has lived a glamorous life in the spotlight, or so the world has been led to believe. What we see in the tabloids and newspapers is only a fraction of the truth that is Evelyn Hugo, and she has decided to reveal her story, but only to Monique Grant. Monique sees herself as a nobody who is still finding her place in the world of journalism when she gets called into the bosses office and told Evelyn Hugo wants to share her story, but will only tell it to her. Confused as to why Evelyn chose her, she decides to take on the task of being Evelyn's scribe.
I just want to put a disclaimer that this book touches on some pretty heavy stuff, I will not go into any of the heavy here in my review but wanted everyone to be aware should you decide to pick up your own copy.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is my first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, even though everyone and their mom has been recommending her books to me for the last few years, it took booktok to get me to buy it. I couldn't help but pick it up to know, was it really worth all the hype it was getting? You can kind of sort out from early on who the holder of Evelyn's heart was, but that isn't the part of the story that keeps you reading. You stay gripped to page after page because in all honesty, this is a book about love and all the complexities that come with it. We can love in so many ways. There are a multitude of forks along the road to love.
"Everyone's dying, sweetheart. You're dying, I'm dying, that guy is dying." - Evelyn Hugo
In the beginning you ask yourself, why should I care about the life of this fictional actress and how she wound up married seven times? TJR weaves you into this realistic world so effortlessly that you find yourself unable to put the book down once Evelyn starts sharing her life's tragedies. I love how the sections are broken up by Evelyn's marriages as it helps keep to a chronological timeline. The writing makes you believe that this life could be that of any famous movie star from the 50's and has you wondering how close to real life this really is.
Honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 16. It should be avoided if you could find yourself triggered by sensitive subjects like suicide, cancer, alcoholism, child brides and other sensitive topics.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars for Taylor Jenkins Reid's evocative love story.
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