The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Book - 2017
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cmlibrary_melliott Oct 16, 2020

When Hollywood screen legend Evelyn Hugo decides to tell the salacious details of her life to a young journalist, the secrets come pouring out. Uncensored and unapologetic, Evelyn reveals her true self and why she's had to hide the real love of her life for so long. This story has heart, soul, and guts. Highly recommend.

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t_lynschm77
Sep 09, 2020

An engaging story that keeps you wanting to find time to read it. It's not a storyline I would have picked on my own but it came recommended so I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did. There is much more to the story than you expect based on the story description. Evelyn Hugo is rather unlovable but she knows it and doesn't apologize. This makes her character quite intriguing.

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lozza1401
Aug 30, 2020

A good story-line. I didn't really like the character Evelyn Hugo though. Her life is so fascinating and her personality is quite plain.

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wingertdj
Jul 13, 2020

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” tells two stories. Mostly, it is the life story of a fictional Hollywood legend and philanthropist with many secrets, who has not shared anything of her personal life for decades. The secondary story is of the unknown writer she picks to write her biography and the effects Evelyn has on her life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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loveandtrusty
Jul 06, 2020

I was expecting a quick read of a starlets life through hollywood and expecting the true love to tie in and have a happy ending. I never expected what Taylor Jenkins Reid did writing the book and I love the realness of life in it, the "happy ending" had a real life twist on it. The book kept you on your toes until the end.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

This book is sold as a historical romance, where you learn about a fictional, famous, old Hollywood actress and all her marriages. What you get is a book that stars a bisexual, Cuban woman who was never allowed to talk about the love of her life; her wife.

On top of this being a powerful book about race, sexuality, misogyny, and having to conform to societies norms, the true meaning I took from this book is that life is short, and we shouldn’t spend it pretending to be something we aren’t. We shouldn’t spend it doing anything less than loving the people who are worthy and deserving of our love.

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phyllis94941
Jun 20, 2020

I had heard how good this book was, so I was excited to find a copy in a nearby little free library and bumped it to the front of my TBR pile. Well, now I've read it and I'm honestly disappointed. I guess it just wasn't the book for me as it's basically a soap opera, and gives the term "chick lit" a bad name. It's the story of a classic Hollywood movie star reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe. There is gossip, glamour, and sex, mixed in with lots of cigarettes and booze. The concept is that the 89-year-old Evelyn Hugo contacts Monique, a young unknown journalist, and insists that Monique interview and write Evelyn's biography, to be published after Evelyn's death. The bulk of the story is narrated by Evelyn and told in flashback - with a lot of cliches and predictable outcomes. I didn't think it was well-written, I didn't care for any of the characters, as none of them were particularly likable. I can't recommend this book.

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lkoso
Jun 06, 2020

Love, love, LOVE this book! So entertaining, easy to read and definitely one you want to re-read as soon as you've finished it. Great storytelling, captivating characters and a satisfying ending.

AndreaG_KCMO Jun 04, 2020

The media excerpts littered throughout the novel ensnared me as per the author's intention: I assumed that aged starlet Evelyn Hugo's story would be preoccupied with the men in her life rather than in her actual life. On the contrary, she uses each marriage as a touchstone for growing knowledge of her desires, her fears, and her power. The two greatest surprises of her narration occur toward the beginning and toward the end of the novel, perfectly placed to maintain forward motion. With similarly colorful characters and time period as City of Girls, I feared that it would not capture my attention as fully. For the umpteenth time this year, I was wrong.

This was just...a lot, and unexpected in so many ways for me, even being well aware of the hype surrounding it.

Evelyn Hugo is Hollywood royalty, and she's ready to tell her story - but only to Monique Grant, who is as shocked by Evelyn's insistence on her involvement as her magazine, Vivant, is. She expects a story about the gowns Evelyn is donating to a good cause, but instead, she gets the story of Evelyn's life laid bare before her. Everything she's kept secret, locked away for decades as she clawed her way to the top, detailed for Monique to make millions off of. It turns out to be anything but a simple story, and Evelyn Hugo has surprises waiting that Monique can never prepare for.

I don't know what expectations I had going into this book, other than it would be like reading gossip magazines and getting an insider look at the glam life of Hollywood stars. I guess, on the surface, it kind of is, but my g o d, it is so much more than that, and Evelyn's story has this heart to it that I could not have prepared for.

Evelyn is the definition of a morally grey character. She is not sorry for anything she's done, and boy, has she done a lot in her pursuit of fame and money. She's fierce in her love for her family, formidable in how she has tackled the media and her career, and the lessons she learns along the way are heartbreaking and painful and often catastrophically hard-hitting. She leaps off the page much like Daisy Jones does (yes, I read these books in the "wrong" order). She oozes charisma, and her losses hit so hard because she feels so real.

I love the format of this one too. You can see where Taylor Jenkins-Reid is going, how she develops into the biographical style of Daisy Jones and the Six, but I think that this more classic style really worked for this book. It was like reading a transcript in some ways, but still felt like a novel, which I enjoy. The one thing that jarred me out of it a bit were the long breaks and then the return to Monique's reality. I didn't want to go back; I wanted to be entirely consumed by Evelyn's life. And without any indication at the start of the chapter that that was what was happening, sometimes it was hard to return to the "real" world.

The connection between Evelyn and Monique was a long time coming, and I found that it did drive the novel, but ultimately, there was a part of me that almost found it...off-putting. I don't know why. I had a strange, almost disappointing reaction the reveal that definitely wasn't what I expected because I had been enjoying the rest of the book so much. But alas, I guess it happens, and it's the main reason I take a star off.

I love that this is a novel that simultaneously critiques so many things. Patriarchal society, the movie business, the pursuit of fame, the drive to be happy and find oneself in a world that constantly tells us that we are not enough as we are. I love its LGBTQ+ themes, its salacious-insider-knowledge feel, its characters who know right from wrong but who straddle the line consistently. It's a good one, and I know I'll be recommending it for years to come.

Greene_SusanJ May 01, 2020

Taylor Jenkins Reid has a knack for bringing complex characters to life and this one is no exception. The cast of narrators on the audiobook really make it extra special. The book took twists and turns that I never saw coming. You'll love Evelyn Hugo, hate her, sympathize with her, and laugh with her, but you'll have a tough time putting this one down.

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kjmcginley
Feb 11, 2020

Very easy and entertaining read that kept me interested in Evelyn's story from beginning to end. Loved getting to know her character.

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SidheWrites
Feb 05, 2020

I know I've said this a time or two, but this time it's not an exaggeration. It isn't often that I find a book next to impossible to put down. So engrossing that I don't even want to stop long enough to eat. But today I found that book and read it in one jaw dropping, tear stained, 7 hour marathon.

"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" was recommended by Simon from Savidge Reads and I am so thankful that he was kind enough to do a spoiler-free review. This book was nothing like I assumed and every bit what I could have dreamed! There were times I actually forgot it was a work of fiction.

I want you to have the same experience as I did, so I will not spoil a thing. All I will say is that this is one of the best books I've read in the last few years and it will surely remain with me. Run, don't walk to your nearest library, bookshop, or online book source and get your hands on a copy.

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lorraineacasas
Jan 23, 2020

I just could not bring myself to rate it higher than Daisy Jones & the Six. However, with the same regard as I recommend reading the latter, I highly recommend reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I loved Harry Cameron and that’s all I have to say.

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dagny49
Dec 09, 2019

long wait, rec'd Dec'19 but couldn't read, request again

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kawidman
Dec 05, 2019

This book is addictive and delicious and may also wreck you as deeply as it did me.

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EljayJohnson
Dec 01, 2019

Very enjoyable and immensely readable story of megawatt legendary movie star Evelyn Hugo, who handpicks an obscure journalist to reveal her lifelong secrets to. Evelyn famously had 7 husbands but journalist Monique focuses her inquiry: who was the great love of Evelyn's life? This is clever, well-written fun with a bite and some snap - it had plenty to say about the choices women must make to succeed, about sexuality, about authenticity, and about sacrifice. Between this and Daisy Jones and the Six (which I loved), I know I will keep reading Reid.

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Linyarai
Nov 30, 2019

I loved every second of this. It wasn't what I expected, though I'm not really sure what I expected. Every chapter was fantastic, and I felt so strongly for all of her choices. I love Taylor Jenkins Reid's characters and I can't believe they're not real people. It blows me away that they're not real people. I laughed and I cried.

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Tdruid
Nov 22, 2019

Not the kind of book I normally read, but it drew me in enough to want to finish it. The characters are flawed, just like real people, & I can understand why they made the choices they did, even though I never would.

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Eva_100
Nov 12, 2019

I found this book flat, cliche and boring. I couldn’t get into the flat cliche characters or their overdone descriptions and terrible dialogues. I loved Daisy and the Six but I found this to be amateurly written.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this look at historic Hollywood from the 1950s to present day. While the title wouldn't lead you to think it, this is really a very sweet love story.

mazinwhistler Nov 04, 2019

This is second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have read, and very much like the first (Daisy Jones and the Six), I could not put it down. I would say that I devoured this book! Reid has the ability to develop characters that you just can't get enough of and she had me enthralled with this story of a strong woman who wouldn't stop at anything to get what she wanted even through it could very well be considered cringe worthy I loved Evelyn Hugo despite all her flaws, indiscretions and questionable choices at times. Whilst a fiction story, I often felt myself wanting to Google certain parts of the book (i.e. Evelyn's gowns) because it all felt so real (I experienced a similar feeling while reading Daisy Jones & the Six and wanting to listen to fictional songs!).

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cknightkc
Sep 23, 2019

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO isn’t the kind of book I typically read, but after hearing so much about it, I thought I’d give it a try. For me, this novel certainly lived up to the hype, and it wasn’t long until I was hooked. It’s an easy read, full of diverse and intriguing characters, especially the title’s namesake. On one level it’s a steamy, melodramatic and fictional exploration into the lives of the rich and famous of old Hollywood. On another level, it deals with social and women’s issues that are unfortunately still present today. With plenty of well-placed twists and turns, author Taylor Jenkins Reid has crafted a real page-turner that’s perfect for the beach or vacation.

STPL_Emily Sep 07, 2019

This was such a fun book to read! If you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, this book delivers! There are a couple moments that are not believable, but the story and the writing are enough to make this a very worthwhile book.

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MelyssaLynnKoopman
Sep 05, 2019

Taylor Jenkins Reid's work is so vivid and honest, her characters literally leap off the page. I didn't want The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to end. I wanted so badly to know MORE about Evelyn, flip through pictures of her, watch her movies. I felt the same way after reading Daisy Jones & the Six. If that isn't great storytelling, I don't know what is.


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