‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid

5/5

Review:

I am in awe.

I didn’t necessarily know which husband would come next, or how Monique fit into this picture.

I’m sad we didn’t get to explore Monique’s grief, how do you recover from that shock?

Evelyn… was quintessentially flawed. Like Evelyn was the epitome of human. I loved how she owned it, how she loved and lived. How she grew up in our eyes, her stubbornness paved the way for forgiveness. Her ignorance paved the way for enlightenment.

Evelyn was a protagonist you loved because she loved. She loved with her heart and soul. Her love for men, money, fame. She LOVED.

This was beautifully written. I need to sit back and digest it some more. It achieved the opposite of romanticising. It made me not want money or to be rich, it made me want to nurture my relationships and love to the fullest extent.

I appreciate how TJR does not eradicate the movements happening in the 50s and later, but embraces it. There wasn’t a need for it to be crassly written in this book, but yet the reality of it still had me saying “oh sh*t”.

Also for some reason, Harry read as a black man. I think it’s uncanny how I read Harry as being black. Foresight? Maybe.

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Synopsis:

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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