Taylor Jenkins Reid released The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ($17) in 2017, and one of my biggest, most recent regrets in life is sleeping on the novel for four full years. Thanks to TikTok encouraging me to read the spectacular work of fiction about an Old Hollywood starlet’s life, I am now fully obsessed with the story and want to talk about it every waking hour of the day.
In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, present-day Evelyn is a 79-year-old recluse, a far cry from the woman she was as she ruthlessly gained stardom through her films and various personal scandals from the 1950s on. However, she’s ready to tell her story to the world — the story of her true self, the glamorous and not-so-glamorous parts of her career, and her marriages — to Monique Grant, a seemingly random and unknown journalist who can’t believe she’s being offered this opportunity. As they sit together and Monique learns everything she needs to know about the real Evelyn to write the actress’s biography, it becomes clear why she was chosen for the job and that it wasn’t random at all.
If you still haven’t read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (which is partly inspired by real celebrities and events!), please, let me be the last person to finally shame you into it. Keep reading for my review of what I truly think is my favorite read of the year and one that is going to stick with me for a long time to come.
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