by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Robin Miles, Alma Cuervo
Length: 12 h 10 m
Published by Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 13 2017
Genres: Romance, LGBTQ+
Format Read: Audiobook, eBook
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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
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—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.
The hype of this book made me very nervous to start reading it in the first place, especially because I essentially knew nothing about it beyond the fact that it was basically an interview with a very famous fictional actress. I hadn’t gone into a book blind in a really long time since I’m always asking for spoilers of everything I read but doing it with this book was one of the best decisions I could have made.
Evelyn’s story was addictive, emotional, and absolutely epic.
The writing was simple yet perfect, and the storytelling of Taylor Jenkins Reid was absolutely unique, original, and fit it perfectly. After this book, I am dying to go read another book by her.
She kept foreshadowing what was to come from very early on, giving you little breadcrumbs and clues that made you both dread and long for the rest of the story. The more I read, the more I couldn’t stop reading -it was a complete page-turner.
Monique and Evelyn’s stories are woven in together perfectly, the change never throws you off because every word and scene flows naturally.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo made me have a great time: it made me cry (a lot), it made me laugh, and it made me think. The characters are so complicated and complex in a way I hadn’t read before, they were so beautifully created. My special shout-out goes to Harry who completely owned my heart, and the amazing twists we had for the plot were just the cherry on top of the cake.
It’s a story that gives questions to the reader and then answers them all in the most satisfying way. You leave content, with a bittersweet taste in your mouth and a yearning to go back.
In conclusion, this book blew my mind.
From start to finish, I think this is one of the books I’ve enjoyed the most in a while, it took me completely by surprise because I never expected to love it this much and I cannot recommend it enough.
The audiobook was amazing too and I highly suggest trying it.
Asis is a Mexican girl whose life changed at the age of six when her father read her the first chapter of Harry Potter. Ever since that night, the book world sucked her in and she’s never been seen amongst mortals again.
I am a professional Translator-Interpreter, currently working as an ESL teacher at an elementary school. I have a passion for languages and an imagination that works 24/7. I am a romantic at heart, and my favorite genre is fantasy.
I’m incredibly obsessive towards anything I like, I can’t just like something, I always end up obsessed with it.
I love Scotland, musical theatre, beautiful places and I love stories in all formats.
Stories are a refuge for me and they’ve always been, they are also the one thing that makes me feel, that makes me interact and truly live. Stories can change everything.
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