The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Published: 2017
- Pages: 400
This beautiful, sweeping story of the ups and downs in the life of a 1950s movie star is told as an interview to a young journalist, Monique, whose life is unknowingly intertwined with the star’s life. The journalist’s husband has recently left her and her job is currently uninspired. She hopes that this article will jump-start what was an otherwise listless career.
Evelyn Hugo’s reflections on life and relationships and career success will make the reader consider the complexities that exist when trying to navigate reality. Although Evelyn is a movie star whose rich and luxurious life is beyond that of the average person, readers will still empathize with Evelyn’s heartbreaking relationship with her true love. She is not the most likeable character, but her flaws make her real and relatable. We all make bad decisions. Then we have to deal with the consequences. Reading about a character who suffers from the repercussions of bad decisions can be quite refreshing. Sometimes there just isn’t a happy, perfect, tidy ending. It’s up to the reader to decide if the ending of this novel is satisfactory. I have a feeling that some people will not like it, but that’s the way things go.
The shifts back and forth in time might not appeal to all readers, but those who don’t mind will find it was well done.
Rating: 4 stars
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.*