Book Review – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Movie star beauty Evelyn Hugo sits down with magazine reporter Monique Grant to capture her life story, in all it’s fame, glory, pain, and secrets. It’s the scoop of the century since the aged Hugo has become a shut-in, staying far from the limelight. She’s here to talk about her rise to fame, her many marriages, and most of all, her one real love.

I am not going to describe a lot about this book because it’s a very popular one and everything there is to say about it, has already been said. It’s been given high praise and also been critiqued enough as it is.

I will say that this is the first Taylor Jenkins Reid book I’ve tried and she does have a way with words. She’s able to put a ton of emotion and character into her writing that really brings it to life and demands the reader’s full attention. However, when I first tried reading this in book-form earlier this year, I lost interest almost immediately. It took trying the audiobook to find the captivating story everyone was obsessed with. The narration is excellent and brought Evelyn to life for me. As for the story itself, I thought it was good. It wasn’t anything amazing and I don’t think that I was the target audience but it was still a good story. Her life was really sad, full of toxic relationships, and ultimately heartbreaking. I hope the wealth she so desperately wanted in her youth, gave her some happiness to take with her at the end.

Even if you don’t like contemporary romance (me) I think you should still give this one a try. It was interesting and touched on several issues that Hollywood and the world have had to deal with over the last 50 years.

Overall, I give it a 3 out of 5.

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