The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Do you ever read a book that just blows your mind? It makes you change the way you think about life or how you view people? It gives you the most brutal book hangover you’ve ever known? Well, this folks did just that.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is my first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid and wow, after this I am a fan. I normally don’t read historical fiction or a lot of fiction outside of fantasy, but decided to take a leap with this one, and I’m SO happy I did.
The book focuses on two women — journalist Monique Grant and actress Evelyn Hugo. Their paths cross when Hugo requests Grant to write an article about her upcoming charity auction. When you are first introduced to Evelyn you assume she is the stereotype of what her image is — shallow, narcissus, and a floozy. However, you quickly realize that there is much more to Evelyn than meets the eye and there was much more behind her seven marriages.
I devoured this book in two days and it would have been sooner, but I had to work and you know eat. The layout of the book and the writing style is flawlessly executed that you will not want to put it down.
Reid does a spectacular job of writing complex characters that still feel real. While I was reading I felt as if I was reading a work of non-fiction about an actress’s life, and after reading it left me wanting to watch Hugo’s movies only to realize I couldn’t.
Evelyn Hugo as a character was warm, funny, complicated, and frustrating — which made her human in my eyes. I sometimes get frustrated by authors who write characters that are only two dimensional or cast as only the hero or the bad guy. You can love and hate a character at the same time.
I even enjoyed reading Monique’s POV because you got to see some similarities between theses two women even though they were at completely different points of their lives, and completely different people.
I could honestly gush about this book all day, but I don’t want to spoil anything. If you have not read this book go out and buy it or get it from your local library right this second! You won’t regret it!