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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Worth the Hype?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid has literally been stalking my #bookstagram for over a year.

I swear, I can’t open the app without either seeing something about Fourth Wing, or TJR.

I can’t quite tell you why, but something about this book was off-putting to me. I had no interest in reading it, it didn’t sound appealing, and I figured if the hype was that grand, it probably honestly wouldn’t be very good if I did, in fact, read it (like Verity).

So I was just as surprised as you might be when I decided to snag a copy at Walmart a few months back and add it to my physical TBR.

Hey, people change. (Just not CoHo and her plots).

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Worth the Hype?

The seven husbands of evelyn hugo

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Synopsis

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

What Makes The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so Special?

In humble little book loving opinion, I think the hype is so great for this book for a handful of reasons.

One, it’s a fictional nod toward the infamous Elizabeth Taylor.

TJR has stated that the book’s character Evelyn is loosely based on actress Elizabeth Taylor, who had married eight times, along with Ava Gardner, who revealed secrets to a journalist in the book Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations.

Seven (as I’m going to lovingly refer to this book from now on since the title is so dang long), details the life and climb to success of legendary actress Evelyn Hugo.

Evelyn, a girl who grew up with humble beginnings and a tragic story, finds a way to travel across the country to LA and go on to become one of the most famous actresses of her time.

Sure, it didn’t hurt that Evelyn was a bombshell, or that the media loved her. Her personal life brought nothing but scandal to the newspapers and journalists. And her talent may have been overshadowed by her seven marriages.

But were her marriages really a scandal, or were they strategically crafted to serve a greater purpose? That may or not just be one spoiler so reader, if you haven’t read the book, you may want to bounce from this page now.

I think another reason people fall in love with this book, and this may be a bold statement from myself that I’m willing to make. If you’re a woman, chances are high you’re going to feel an instant connection to Evelyn. Even if you’ve never been a Hollywood starlet or donned the label of a sex symbol.

As Evelyn details her life to Monique, the raw truth about what it means to be a woman in a man’s world stands out.

“I laughed and kissed him. We were surrounded by people, packed onto the dance floor. His father, Roger, was smoking a cigar with Ari Sullivan in the corner. I felt a million miles away from my old life, the old me, that girl who needed Ernie Diaz for anything at all.

Don pulled me close and put his mouth to my ear, whispering, “Me and you. We will rule this town.”

We were married for two months before he started hitting me.”


-TJR, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, p. 73

This novel also depicts the age-old tale of forbidden love. It just may not be what you were expecting when you first open the book (except I’d like to insert a brag that I guessed it before the reveal. IYKYK).

And the final reason I think this book is such a hit.. the story, while often fun and flirtatious, weaves in the theme of heartbreaking tragedy.

This book definitely made my cry more than once.

And while I haven’t give it an official rating in Goodreads (I’m waiting to see how often I think about it over the next few days and it’s proving so far to be quite a bit), it probably does belong up on the five star scale.

Taylor Jenkins Reid Books Becoming Movies

Rumor has it, that The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will be transitioning from page to screen. According to Netflix, there will be a film adaptation of this book coming to the streaming service. While a cast hasn’t been decided or announced, or dates set in stone, I have no doubt this will be a hit.

Other page-to-screen adaptations from TJR include: Daisy Jones and the Six, and rumors have also sparked (pun definitely intended if you’ve read this book) that Malibu Rising will also be adapted to film.

So now I gotta know.. have you read Seven? Or are you immediately adding it to your TBR?

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