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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.
“When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things.”
Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
W♥w. W♥w. W♥w. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a spectacular and beautiful book. I finished the book a few days ago, and I cannot for the life of me stop thinking about Evelyn, Celia, Harry, Monique, and the rest of the memorable characters. Oh and trust me, this book is about a whole lot more than Evelyn’s seven husbands! The novel is magnificent, scandalous, sensual, captivating, emotional, but above all, it is simply unforgettable. I do not want to give up too much, but Evelyn’s path to stardom is no smooth operation. However, girlfriend is a force to be reckoned – she is f-i-e-r-c-e and bad ass! Evelyn is a complex individual, full of surprises, who fully recognizes the world is your oyster. This is my first Reid book, but definitely not my last! She is an incredibly creative and talented writer. I now understand why The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is receiving loads of accolades (would love to see this book adapted into a movie). Join the bandwagon and get yourself a copy right now. If you already have the book — what are you waiting for? Get reading! Ahora!
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Atria for providing me with an arc of the book, in exchange for an honest review.