So I finally picked up The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo. After all that I heard about it, I had HIGH expectations. Are they met? Is it an epic book? Or a big let down?

Honestly, when a book is hyped up so much, I’m quite scared of it. If other bloggers loved it, I feel like I should love it too and sometimes that leads to me liking a book that I may not have liked if I didn’t have any expectations (if that makes sense).

So there was a lot on the line when I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. But first the 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 near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. 

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My thoughts on The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I didn’t put this book on my TBR when I read so much about it. Usually, I’m not such a fan of books set in the past, because it makes it harder for me to connect to the story.

When I signed up for my 30-day free Scribd subscription, I saw this book first and went for it.

I was immediately hooked!

This story is very compelling. The main characters are very different, but during the story you want to root for both of them. Evelyn Hugo is a very very strong woman and I loved it. Of course there were some things I didn’t agree on, but hey, she’s only human. And even though she was the biggest star, Taylor Jenkins Reid really shows of the human side of her.

Her life was both exhilarating and heartbreaking.

We don’t get to read a whole lot about Monique, but we do get enough to also root for her. Her failed relationship, her small appartment and her shitty job is something a lot of twenty-something’s can relate too.

The story itself is so beautifully written and full of twists that you are on the edge of your seat. You’re rooting for the forbidden love and at the same time your heart breaks because of all the feelings.

Final rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.