I was really excited to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was one that I had seen several people had reviewed & liked it. I really love old movies, so the fact that this is mostly about old Hollywood was so intriguing to me! So I was anxious to read it and it definitely did not disappoint.
Monique Grant is a lowly writer at a magazine. She is trying to make a name for herself as a writer but has yet to do so. Her luck changes when Evelyn Hugo, a famous Hollywood actress from the 1950-1980s (think Elizabeth Taylor-esque) wants Monique to write a magazine story about her. Evelyn didn’t do many interviews and the fact that she was married seven times makes her all the more intriguing. In her older years, she has become somewhat of a recluse.
When Monique meets to talk to Evelyn, she realizes that Evelyn has no plans to be interviewed for the magazine – she is ready to tell her life story, and she wants Monique to write her biography to be published after she dies. Even though Monique is unsure why Evelyn would choose her, she jumps at the chance to write Evelyn’s story and be able to further her career.
Evelyn was a Cuban American who lost her mother at a young age. She plots to become a famous actress to escape her father and her life in Hell’s Kitchen. The book follows Evelyn’s rise to being one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood, the things she had to do to get and stay there, and of course, the truth behind her seven marriages.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a story about ruthless ambition, love, friendship, facing the truth and the things we do to make our dreams come true.
Even though it is fiction, it was really interesting reading about the way Hollywood worked back then (and probably still does) – the photo ops and marriages that were orchestrated to make sure a film did well, the secrets people had to hide. Evelyn is absolutely ruthless in her quest for fame, and she doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way. And she does some rather scandalous things to make sure she gets what she wants.
It was so well written, and I really enjoyed it.There are also a few plot twists (and one big shocker), which is always fun! I highly recommend it!
Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? If so, what did you think?