“People think intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’—that’s intimacy”.
Everyone knows that aside from all the glitz and glamour that seems to occur in Hollywood, there is even more behind the scenes. While the tabloids and media might make it seem as if we know these celebrities, we truly have no idea what the full story is and probably never will unless the people involved tell us themselves.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a historical fiction and romance novel, written by the American author Taylor Jenkins Reid and published on 13th June 2017. While it is believed that this book was somehow inspired by the real life of Elizabeth Taylor who was also a Hollywood star, it comes with its own different twist.
Want to get a glimpse of what true confidence amid glamour looks like? Then pick up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
79-year-old Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the world the undiluted and unfiltered story of her glamorous life. She selects unpopular Vivante magazine writer Monique Grant to cover the story, much to the chagrin of everyone.
While battling with an impending divorce and trying to become a recognized writer, Monique Grant is shocked to be selected and curious to know why Evelyn chose her specifically for the job. While she has doubts of her own, Monique is also eager to become a renowned writer and finally get a seat at the big table. In the weeks that follow, Monique finds out that not only is Evelyn’s life scandalous but it is also connected to hers in a way. The shocking revelation that follows leaves Monique both stupefied and furious, with more questions than she can answer.
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO – EVALUATION
Plot and Theme
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a tale of glamour, forbidden love, betrayal, and survival. In other to save her career and uptown life, Evelyn makes a lot of unsavory decisions that she does not regret one bit. With a quick trip down the history of Hollywood and the LBGTQ+ community, this book highlights the actions taken by a phenomenal woman to boost her career and climb the ladder of stars and get to the absolute top.
The theme and plot are perfectly in sync, with moments of disbelief laced with awe. The temptation to turn to the end and see what happens is great but easily overcome because the juicy details are not at the end and everything can only make sense if you read the entire book (Trust me, I know).
I also like that they called out the media constantly for reporting only what they think they know and not the facts. The clamor for petty gossip and nasty comments at the expense of a person’s experiences is disheartening but it just goes to say that the world could love a person today and hate them tomorrow.
As for the pacing, it was great until the ending, where everything felt a bit rushed and Monique’s feelings were not exactly discussed in much detail as I thought they would be. It had a great ending, albeit a little anti-climactic. I wanted the details of Monique’s success and the drama that ensued afterward but I guess we don’t always get what we want.
Talking about the characters is always my favorite part of reading a book because the blend of different parts to make a whole is fascinating. Here’s a brief analysis of our two major characters.
Evelyn Hugo: I can only describe Evelyn with one word and that is PHENOMENAL! While screaming at the scandalous events, you can’t help falling for her shtick and rooting for her throughout the book. Evelyn Hugo is confidence personified and the “Sorry, not sorry” attitude is what makes her all the more alluring. Evelyn was the one to make all the tough decisions confidently while seeing the bigger picture and she does not regret any of those decisions. If everyone had that sort of confidence in themselves along with taking responsibility for all their actions, the world might just be a less dreary place.
Monique Grant: Monique’s character was interesting because she was an unknown writer. Again, I could relate to a writer’s character of being good at the craft, but yet not regarded. At a point, she got boring and I could not wait for her to resume the story of the person I was really interested in, Evelyn herself. Monique’s character was basic except for the connection revealed later in the book, and also the fact that she learned a thing or three from Evelyn.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is my first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I’m so in love with her beautiful yet powerful writing style that I know I’ll read her other books. I didn’t think it was possible for so many words in a book to reverberate in my soul but this one contained all the right things.
When Evelyn said “You can decide that wealth and renown are worthless when you have them”, I smiled. It is easy for the rich to tell others that money is not everything because they have it, but to that poor person who is looking for how to get the next meal or even get proper shelter, money is the principal need.
When Monique said “Divorce is loss”, and Evelyn replied “Heartbreak is loss. Divorce is a piece of paper,” I shouted “Hell yes!” (Good thing I was alone at the time). So many unhappy married people see divorce as a loss and are afraid of being called divorcees because of society and its norms. But it is the heartbreak that is a loss, divorce is a piece of paper that breaks a marriage.
I have more highlighted quotes but I will share those on Instagram instead, so I don’t make this article unnecessarily long.
The amount of research that went into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo makes it a must-read for all book lovers and those who want to experience the truth behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. I will also like to state that while this is an amazing book, it is not recommended for readers under the age of 17.
Star Rating: 5/5(It’s actually a 100/5 if I’m being honest)
If you’ve read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, let me know your thoughts in the comment section. If you’re yet to read it, then you can purchase a physical or kindle copy here.
WRITTEN BY CASS