The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Book Review

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Review by Kasey Bright, Lifestyle blogger at Running in Heels Blog

Hello lovely readers! I am reviewing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but before I do, I wanted to take a moment to recap the last few months!

It has been quite a while since I’ve sat here on my laptop and written a new post. Towards the end of my MBA, I was taking a full-time course load (as a part-time student). Then, in the last few montjs, I began a brand new and very demanding job. Once I graduated, I dove head-first into wedding planning- more to come on that later! Since then, I have been enjoying only one job, while evaluating how I wanted to use this platform and explore this brand further. This blog is and has always been my main channel and focus. We have a lot to catch up on, so I hope you don’t mind me filling in the gaps!

Book Reviews: New Blog Category!

I set out with a goal this year to read more. Not so much a specific number of books, but I just missed reading! I read a ton all through school. Always exceeding my reading goals and had a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut every month and got in trouble with my parents for staying up too late reading under the covers with my flashlight. I started the year with a goal of 18 books, and had no idea how quickly I would overachieve and reach this goal.

I wanted to start my blog back up by sharing my thoughts on some of the books I’ve been reading. Like most things on this blog, I am sharing my experience and thoughts and hope you enjoy this new category I’m adding to this lifestyle blog.

Early this year, I discovered GoodReads and have been keeping track of my books there. You can follow me there to see all of the books I’ve read this year. My rating scale: 5 stars mean that I loved it, couldn’t put it down, and may even read it again. 4 stars is a great book and I enjoyed reading it. 3 stars mean I read the book but didn’t find it thought-provoking or a unique storyline. 2 stars mean I just didn’t enjoy reading it, but I likely finished out of stubbornness. Finally, I will probably never rate a book 1 star because. I will stop reading it before I get to the point or rating it.

In January, I was trying to catch up on all of the top picks that I missed while I was in school. First, I completed Where the Crawdads Sing, and followed up with an office book club read of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, then It Ends with Us. I was truly going through the top reads of 2022! In this post I am reviewing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Summary

When Evelyn Hugo decides it’s finally time for an exclusive interview about her long and storied life, she reaches out to a significant publication requesting a specific young journalist, Monique Grant to interview her. As they begin, Monique learns that the famous actress wants her to pen a biography instead.

Evelyn Hugo walks through her life telling the story like it was yesterday to Monique who is determined to get this right. One question remains on Monique’s mind throughout the lengthy interview: why her?

We learn that both Evelyn’s and Monique’s lives aren’t what they seem on the surface. Evelyn chronicles her life through the years beginnging in old hollywood. She talks about her multiple relationships with her husbands and the others she surrounded herself with at each stage of life. As the reader, we learn about each of her husbands, and friends, and Evelyn’s one true love.

The world respects people who think they should be running it.

Evelyn Hugo

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As I closed this book I found myself extremely conflicted. The story was so riveting, and though I thought I had an idea of what the ending would be I wasn’t exactly right. It was shocking and wild but wrapped things up so nicely. Going into this book, you continue to look at each character trying to figure out ‘who is Evelyn’s one true love?’

Evelyn is a person who seizes every opportunity to get what she wants, further her career, and spin stories to benefit herself. It sounds selfish, but is that a bad thing? That was the question I was left with as I read. I constantly wondered where the line was, and what I would do in her shoes.

I love how this book is written. It goes from the present day to the past and then intersperses new articles and headlines throughout. You love and hate each of the characters at one point and it makes you think about right and wrong from different points of view. I can’t wait to see how they turn it into a movie!

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing is incredible as she paints this story. This book sold me on Taylor Jenkins Reid as an author. It was the first book of hers that I’ve read, and I have picked up several more since. While each book is totally different they are all equally incredible.

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  1. Amanda wrote:

    I totally agree – thanks for reviewing one of my favorite books in recent memory!

    Posted 1.22.24 Reply