Worth the Hype: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Grade: A

So I had heard nothing but good things about this book. Recently one reviewer I follow said it was one of her all time favorites so I finally, finally decided to just sit and read it and I’m so glad I did. This one lived up to the hype and it’s definitely one of my top reads of the year.

Monique is a young writer whose trying to catch a break when out of blue legendary screen star Evelyn Hugo requests her to write a much desired interview. When she actually meets Evelyn however the star tells her that this isn’t about a lowly magazine interview. She wants Monique to write her biography and she’s going to tell her everything.

I think one of the reasons I put off reading this was because I was sure I knew the connection between the two.


Totally wrong.

So much more interesting than I thought it was going to be,

Evelyn Hugo is a great character. She’s far from perfect- she’s hurt people in the rise to the top and in some cases compromised in ways a lot of people wouldn’t. But she knows this and she owns it. Her strength and presence come through the writing almost as though this is a real star we’re talking about.

Her story is one of depth and love including a deep and abiding long-term friendship with Harry Cameron- that I actually found incredibly moving in some parts. It’s a story to about the people who move into and out of and back and forth through a life some time. Throughout this book there is great all around representation as well.

If I was to nitpick I would say that I didn’t care about Monique anywhere near as much as Evelyn- until the end. I was thinking that she just couldn’t live up to Evelyn- but hey, that works in and of itself. Like a true movie star Evelyn Hugo sucked up all my attention in the book.

Recommend: Yes. If you haven’t read it already I’d definitely pick it up. It’s a quick and engrossing read great for summer!

16 thoughts on “Worth the Hype: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  1. Lovely review! Everyone has been talking about this book and I’m glad you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to pick this one up!

    1. I found the friendship elements between characters to be really interesting. It does get a little underplayed for the romance but it was something that definitely stood out to me regardless so I hope you like!

  2. Fun fun fun! I am fishing around for some quick and fun books to read this summer and will add this one to that list.
    I love that part about owning our actions. I can see liking Evelyn already. Great review!! 😊👌

  3. I also felt disconnected from Monique and spent a bit too much time trying to figure their relationship out and then when I started to get the foreshadowing, I didn’t want it to be about their relationship, instead I just wanted to learn more about Evelyn!

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