Book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Publication date: 2017
Excerpt from Goodreads synopsis:
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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way.
My rating: 3.98 / 5
Dear friends, if I have to describe this book in one word- it should be “Magnificent”.
Adding another one in the canon? “Gorgeous”
Okay, here’s the last one: “Larger-than-life” (yeah, I know it’s a phrase, not “word”)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a story of an incredible woman, who-
- crawled out of the gutter in NY during the 1950s,
- changed her identity/ancestry,
- bleached her hair and
- marched ahead to rule Hollywood.
Along the way, she-
- married 7 times,
- fell in love only once,
- discovered her true “sexual” orientation and
- delivered some power packed lines regarding women and their ambitions.
In short, wrapped up as a sassy historical fiction spun around a sassy Hollywood sexpot, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo could easily be termed as-
Modern woman’s guide to take the bull by the horns and turn it into a..mmm..Maserati.
There was a time when I was hooked to the column “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” published in the now-defunct “Hairpin” web-portal, by the ever-phenomenal Anne Helen Petersen.
There I read about Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner. The mountains they moved and fall they faced to claim that claim that coveted spot on Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
This book reminded me so much of these real- life matinee idols who don’t belong to my country, whom may be my father and grand-father swooned over in their youth, and now lost into oblivion.
But not our woman (‘cause I hate to call grown-ass female as “girl” Evelyn Hugo.
To paraphrase T.S. Eliot:
“This is the way “the” Evelyn Hugo ends, not with a whimper but a bang.”
Now, a quick list-down of pros and cons about the book:
- The writing. Lately, this is one of my bone of contention of any contemporary book I’m picking up. The writing has to be fluid and I should breeze through it. Taylor Jenkins Reid passed here with flying colors.
- The character(s)-driven plot. After reading so many plot-driven YA fantasy books, this one comes as a relief. Not only Evelyn but the support-characters are amazingly fleshed-out.
- The LGBTQ angle. In the early September, Indian supreme court decriminalize home-sexuality. Reading this book made this “revolutionary change” all the more relevant to me.
- Evelyn herself. You are bound to feel repulsion, love, anger, exasperation, and respect towards her. And they have nothing to do with her stunning physical beauty.
- A bit long
- A bit repetitive, especially with the “girl boss” talks
- A bit “hopeful-that-a-big studio-picks-it-up”. I mean, writing about Hollywood doesn’t mean you make it obvious that you’re eyeing big screen-adaptation.
Recommended for anyone:
- who wants a Cinderella story sans the Prince Charming.
- Has an affinity for women who are called “sluts” according to the social norm.
- loves easy-peasy prose and a jewel-fisted protagonist.
- devours tad bit of wish-fulfillment through fictions.
Have you read this book? Or planning to add it on your TBR list? Let me know.
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71 thoughts on “The spectacular “The Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo””
I have heard and read so many good reviews about this that I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thank you for the wonderful review and the images to go along with it.
Glad you liked it Poonam. I would absolutely recommend you to pick this book up. 🙂
Looks like an interesting book! However, one question. What is the rationale behind 3.98 rating? Why not 4? Why two decimal points??? How do you decide?
Oh, Goodreads’ rating system totally spoiled me. There, 4-star means “really liked it”. So I gave 3.98 which is close to really liking the book sans its minor hiccups. Did it make sense? 😀
Anyway, thank you for stopping by.
Very nice inputs, inspire one to read the book at least once.
Glad you liked it. 🙂 Would highly recommend reading this book.
The book sounds promising and your reviewing style is unlike anything I have ever come across before. Shall definitely make it a point to read this book.
So glad you liked my review. Comments like this encourage me to write more. Hope you read this book. It’s really good. 🙂
Lovely review. I loved the presentation as well.
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Thank you Manas. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂
This sounds a promising book and your review style is something new to come across. 🙂
Thank you thank you. 😀 And your blog-name is ‘humongously’ cute.
Loved the way you reviewed the book. Looks an interesting read.
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Yup, it’s a great book. Thank you for dropping by.
That’s a good review and I’m loving your detailed thoughts on each book!
Thank you Deepika for your kind words. 🙂
Such a detailed review. It has made me to check the book ASAP.
By the way, I loved your blog’s name. Interesting!
Thank you Puspanjalee. 🙂 Hope you like the book.
A very interesting and unique style of review writing Jheelam. Let me ask you this…Are you a science student? 😉 because you know, very clear bullet-pointed answers and all…haha..loved it and to the point too. Looks like an interesting book. Will check it out soon. Thanks for the review. You did a fab job.
After reading your comment, I’m on cloud nine Kalpana. 🙂 I was a Science student till 12th board and then changed track.
That bulleted-presentation is the misdoing of 2-years studying Business management fruitlessly.
So glad you liked the style. *Happy dancing emoji*.
Haha…that’s nice to hear Jheelam. Being a science student all my life and then a science teacher, this writing in points is a running joke in our stream…that’s why I was just joking about it. But your review was definitely one of a kind and i enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work. Hoping to read more of your posts.
Thank you Kalpana for your encouraging words. I’m perennially in awe of (and li’l intimidated by) “Science” teachers. 😀 Take my respect.
With pleasure dear Jheelam. And as a science teacher I am so proud of your presentation. “comes from telling the kids repeatedly for a million times to write answers ‘to the point’ and ‘in points’ but they still write an essay” Haha
That’s a fantastic review! Anybody will grab the book after reading this 🙂
Your comment made me smile. 😀 Give this book a shot whenever you get time.
Probably the perfect book review I would have read till date. Blurb, Pros, cons, recommended for those. Simply awesome. You have taught me the new way of reviewing the book. Thank you.
Your comment made my day. I’m quite influenced by “Pretentious Movie Reviews”, so try to replicate it (feebly) in book reviews as well. Thank you for dropping by. 🙂
This looks like an interesting and will get to grab this book from the library soon.
You should totally go and grab it. 😀
Intriguing. Your description and your writing is superb. This book seems interesting.
Thank you. 🙂 That’s a huge ego-boost for me.
Good review. Will check out.
Thank you 🙂
This looks like an interesting read and your review makes it seem even more so! I think I should pick it up. 🙂 You have styled your review in a truly interesting manner.
Is this the story on which Bollywood made “Saat Khoon Maaf” with Priyanka Chopra? I loved the film. Thanks to you, I will now remember to buy the book. #surreads #myfriendalexa #blogchatter
No, no. That movie was based on “Susanna’s Seven Husbands” by Ruskin Bond. This one is completely different.
looks interesting… will grab my copy soon
Go for it.
This was a totally different review style. keep it up. #wordsmithkaurreads
Thank you for the encouraging words. 🙂
I haven’t read this book yet but ur review tempted me to read it not for her life but to know facts about the character if it’s real one
The character is the amalgamation of many starlets in the 50s Hollywood who came from nothing and made waves eventually. Hope you like the book as well.
Very well reviewed, you should try writing more book reviews. BookAdded to my TBR
Thank you for your encouragement. Hope you read the book. 🙂
wow amazing review, you had covered all points very well. will read this book, sounds interesting to me. #Surbhireads
Yeah, do read it when you’ll get time. It’s amazing.
I like this kind of books where they show the complete journey of their life.
Me too. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Wow you have a unique reviewing style. This book has been on my TBR list for a few weeks now. Your review has inspired me to actually go pick it up and read it ASAP
Ya do read it. It’s a fabulous book. Thank you for the compliment. 🙂
Not only does this book sound interesting, but also your writing style! I loved your review, Jheelam! And, I am adding this book to my TBR right away.
Thank you Shilpa. Feeling inspired from your comment. 🙂 Hope you like the book as I did.
Will let you know, for sure, Jheelum! 🙂
i have heard about this book many times but read a review of it in so detail for the first time. Interesting!!!
Thank you Tina. :). Hope you enjoy the book (if you read it someday).
Strangely, this title is similar to 7 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. This sounds interesting.
Your comment prompted me to check out the book on Goodreads, scrolling down the glowing reviews and clicking the “want to read” button. 😀 Thanks for this.
Hey Jheelam , Thanks Your review is so crisp yet fulfilling , that I must read this book. I have not read this genre since when I was in college. #MyFriendAlexa #SuatawdeReads
Hope you like it Sujata. This book is “supremely” magnificent.
3.98? I am curious to know how you arrived, precisely, at that? 🙂
Oh that’s entirely Goodreads’ doing. 3.98 comes a wee bit shorter of “really liked it” category. 🙂
I thought you arrived at it after calculations.
Huh, if only I had that acumen for numbers…
I read Evelyn Hugo earlier this year and totally loved it also!
looks like a promising book.. Your review style is so good and unique though..keep up the good work 🖒
So glad that you liked it. Thank you for visiting. 🙂