The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
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?Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.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. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Details

TitleThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781501139239
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything? I can't say for sure what drew me to this book. It's not the kind of thing I usually pick up, and I haven't read anything by Reid before. But something about it intrigued me. So I checked out the kindle sample. Just a couple chapters, I figured, because I probably wouldn't like it anyway. And I was HOOKED.It's perfect, easy beach read material. It's not particularly deep, it Is Evelyn Hugo going to tell me just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but never enough to truly reveal anything? I can't say for sure what drew me to this book. It's not the kind of thing I usually pick up, and I haven't read anything by Reid before. But something about it intrigued me. So I checked out the kindle sample. Just a couple chapters, I figured, because I probably wouldn't like it anyway. And I was HOOKED.It's perfect, easy beach read material. It's not particularly deep, it does not take the genre to new levels or make you think about something new, and yet it DID feel different. Evelyn Hugo's story was so delicious and compelling that it stood out, and kept me turning pages in a desperate need to discover the stories behind her seven husbands, and the answer to the one question everyone wants to know: who was her greatest love?The framing of the story reminded me a lot of The Thirteenth Tale. Like that book, in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a young woman - this time an ambitious journalist called Monique Grant - goes to interview an elderly woman. Unlike The Thirteenth Tale, this elderly woman happens to be one of the most famous actresses in the world.Evelyn Hugo has lived a life in the public eye, but she is full of secrets. Only she knows what happened behind the scenes in her long career of scandals and highly-publicized heartbreaks. Just like the fictional world of the book longed to know the truth-- so did I. Reid and Evelyn's habit of giving you just enough to leave you wanting more was incredibly exciting. Throughout, we are encouraged to wonder why someone like Evelyn Hugo would specifically request a relatively-inexperienced journalist like Monique. Why Monique? What is Evelyn hiding?The more I got to know Evelyn, the more I fell in love with her. She has made a lot of controversial decisions during her career, but she knows it and she also knows she'd probably do it all again. She's played the Hollywood game, dated famous men to further her career, and used her body to get what she wants. She has experienced the full force of the industry's sexism and, in some ways, capitalized on it. She is deeply flawed and aware of it. She has traded important aspects of her identity for more fame, more roles, more money. She was a badass Cuban woman working in an industry that didn't like women to be badass or Cuban. She manipulated and she lied. Despite everything, I liked her.I stayed fully engrossed in the story of Evelyn Hugo - and of Monique Grant - from the opening chapters when Evelyn demanded an interview with only Monique, through decades of Hollywood in all its shimmering ugliness, right until the ending's final reveals. I enjoyed every moment.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    I want to be as motivated and focused in university as Evelyn Hugo was in continuing to flourish after all of her 7 divorces and getting richer than all of her 7 husbands combined.... then spend the rest of her days frolicking in sun hazed fields of butterflies and dandelion clocks with her wife.this book was so wild I feel like it fundamentally changed me as a human being. I've witnessed cosmic justice at its coldest and its darkest. I'm genuinely so tempted to go buy myself an expensive bottle I want to be as motivated and focused in university as Evelyn Hugo was in continuing to flourish after all of her 7 divorces and getting richer than all of her 7 husbands combined.... then spend the rest of her days frolicking in sun hazed fields of butterflies and dandelion clocks with her wife.this book was so wild I feel like it fundamentally changed me as a human being. I've witnessed cosmic justice at its coldest and its darkest. I'm genuinely so tempted to go buy myself an expensive bottle of wine and drink it alone in a hammock while listening to 80s music and crying just for the drama of it all. That probably won't solve all my life’s problems but it would certainly distracts me from them!! so what is this book about? First of all, I think you should deconstruct whatever idea you’ve had about this book because it’s extremely unlikely that it matches it. This might sound like a mere tale of a sultry glamourous woman with seven husbands and a tragic fame but I think calling it so would be hugely restrictive.This is the multifaceted story of a woman who's lived her whole life being two people, two images overlapping. A woman who was driven by the sheer compulsion for recognition combined with a need to charm people and shine and in that process, she’s built her own hell and heaven, solely crafted by the pure abstraction of her essence. A woman who’s got everyone to kneel before her throne unaware that it was born of lies so easily because everyone’s only ever liked the idea of her and not the reality of her.This is her story after the mask has worn off and showed what was lurking behind it, her truth without being edited, moderated and filtered down by the time it makes it to the screen, and then given to the public to make them feel very comfortable.This is her story 7 decades later after she’s decided it was never her job to make them feel comfortable in the first place. Evelyn Hugo no longer desires to be off on her own diva planet. She wanted to be on Earth. She wanted to be seen. She was past needing celebrity. She needed to be heard. She refuses to be trivialized for being a woman, a sex symbol, and a celebrity. She wasn’t just the Cuban girl who changed her name, dyed her hair, wore the emerald green silk dresses and the accompanying chains, smiled pretty, and shut up about everything else. She was ready to talk about the void, the unhappiness underneath the smile, her age, her divorces, and all the other unglamorous things that Hollywood likes to pretend never happens to its starlets.She is ready to declare that youth and beauty and the movies and the seven husbands were not her accomplishments. The family she’s had and lost and the woman she's so fiercely loved for almost six decades were. They are just husbands. I am Evelyn Hugo. And anyway, I think once people know the truth, they will be much more interested in my wife. What I loved most about this book was how passionate it was in bringing to light so many important topics.Starting with being a woman in an industry that beholds women to its whims, its likes and dislikes, promotes them as sexual objects and loves to build a woman up before tearing her down. An industry that estimates male celebrities based on intelligence or depth, while it values female celebrities based on how sexually available they are presented for male consumption. Especially when you're a woman of color. A woman of color could never escape from race or gender when she is making art. She can’t take off her color and sex and leave them at the door, and for that she's unfairly  redeemed unimportant and undeserving of a storyline and character development.This book was also single-handedly smashing the patriarchy. So buckle up.Evelyn Hugo’s story was a Call Out against the men who had cut her down way below size and built themselves up at her expense, who only used her as an attention machine to brag about their accomplishments and relieve themselves of mental durress, who only considered her a sponge that they can fill with their worries and ego and squeeze out when they please. The men who admired her confidence only when it made her fun, flirty, and comfortable in her sexuality. But the second she claimed space for herself, demonstrated high standards, a strong will, and the kind of assertiveness required to challenge them, then all of a sudden, she was a bunch of derogatory terms.And it's honestly so real how women are continuously expected to tone down and dilute their personalities in order for them to look more appealing to men. Women are always too opinionated, too educated, too confident, too strong willed, too passionate. Women are expected to chip away at their selves to become more soft and pliable and easy to stomach and all of it is just patriarchy's last attempt to uphold power and entitlement.This book also broached the topic of divorce and how it often means eternal shame for women. How only women are blamed when their marriages fail and ostracized when they seek to open their lives up to a quiet and peaceful independence. The media tore into Evelyn after each divorce, dragged her, burned her (metaphorically) alive, and buried her body underneath thousands of unsubstantiated celebrity gossip while her husbands remained unscathed. People don’t find it very sympathetic or endearing, a woman who puts herself first. Prior to reading this book, I didn't know it centered a queer woman of color and that it repped lgbtq+ themes which is why I didn't pick it up sooner. I really can't emphasize enough the importance of highlighting reprensentation in books. Readers from marginalized communities, including myself, long to see themselves in fiction, to learn that they can be the heroes of their stories and to finally get to star. Queer themes and issues had a prominent presence in this historical novel and it's really important that this be mentioned in reviews and blurbs!! You imagine a world where the two of you can go out to dinner together on a Saturday night and no one thinks twice about it. It makes you want to cry, the simplicity of it, the smallness of it. You have worked so hard for a life so grand. And now all you want are the smallest freedoms. The daily peace of loving plainly. This book is about Evelyn Hugo being honest about her negative habits and mistakes and taking ownership of her faults and flaws. This is her demanding to be humanized after being put on a pedestal her entire life. And most importantly, this book is a reminder that no matter how glamorous other people’s lives might look, they've had days, many days, and many days in a row where they've felt unloved and rejected and ugly and like nothing they do has a point, they’re not all that different and untouchable after all.Overall, I really loved this book. The plot twists were incredible. I really can't recommend it highly enough!!30/11/17: so Evelyn’s had seven husbands and I can’t even get (1) one person to wave back at me when I say hi.............
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  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    January 1, 1970
    (4.5) I’ve been struggling with a lot of books lately because I just don’t care about them. I don’t care about the story. I don’t care about the characters. I just don’t care! I thought it was all me, that I must have a cold heart but then this book happened.I thought this was a literary fiction but it read more like a chick lit. A deep chick lit if that can even be a thing. This book made me realize that it is absolutely not me but them! I cared deeply for the flawed characters in this book. Wh (4.5) I’ve been struggling with a lot of books lately because I just don’t care about them. I don’t care about the story. I don’t care about the characters. I just don’t care! I thought it was all me, that I must have a cold heart but then this book happened.I thought this was a literary fiction but it read more like a chick lit. A deep chick lit if that can even be a thing. This book made me realize that it is absolutely not me but them! I cared deeply for the flawed characters in this book. When reading a book heartless Emily does not cry. Ever. Well, I did while reading this one.Just pick it up and read it!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    “I spent half my time loving her and the other half hiding how much I loved her.” This is one of the best books I’ve ever had the privilege to read. It is probably in the top five for best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. I have been looking for a book like this my entire life, and no combination of words I’m about to type, and you’re about to read, is going to do this masterpiece justice. But I will say that Gabby, Joce, Amelie, and Elyse were all right, and I’m so happy I listened to “I spent half my time loving her and the other half hiding how much I loved her.” This is one of the best books I’ve ever had the privilege to read. It is probably in the top five for best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. I have been looking for a book like this my entire life, and no combination of words I’m about to type, and you’re about to read, is going to do this masterpiece justice. But I will say that Gabby, Joce, Amelie, and Elyse were all right, and I’m so happy I listened to them, because this book is worth every single ounce of hype. And when I say that this book is lifechanging, I truly mean it. This book is sold as a historical romance, where you learn about a fictional, famous, old Hollywood actress and all her marriages. What you get is a book that stars a bisexual, Cuban woman who was never allowed to talk about the love of her life; her wife. And when I say I cried during this book, I truly mean that I probably need to buy a new copy because I was the biggest mess you’ve ever seen. “And it will be the tragedy of my life that I cannot love you enough to make you mine. That you cannot be loved enough to be anyone’s.” On top of this being a powerful book about race, sexuality, misogyny, and having to conform to societies norms, the true meaning I took from this book is that life is short, so damn short, and we shouldn’t spend it pretending to be something we aren’t. And we shouldn’t spend it doing anything less than loving the people who are worthy and deserving of our love. “I didn’t need boys in order to feel good. And that realization gave me great power.” We follow Evelyn from the very start; losing her mother very young, her body developing very quickly, noticing others noticing her developing body, marrying a man so she can leave the dead-end city she grew up in, so she can become something more. Evelyn is unapologetic with her actions, and it is one of the most empowering things I’ve ever read. She plays so many more parts than the roles she is cast in. And Evelyn learns really quickly how to play each and every man she is forced to interact with, and she quickly learns what she can gain from each and every one of them, too. This story is told from two different timelines and two different points of view. One from Monique Grant, who is a biracial (white and African-American) woman who is going through a fresh divorce and trying to make something of herself in the journalism field. And her life changes the day her editor tells her how Evelyn Hugo is demanding her, and only her, to write something for her. “Heartbreak is loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.” The other timeline(s) are all the different times in Evelyn’s life, and the different seven husbands that she had, while she is recounting the events that lead her to be telling Monique this story. Evelyn has lived a very full life, and is in her late seventies now, and is finally ready to talk about her life. But the entire book we are guessing why she has chosen only Monique for this job. “Make them pay you what they would pay a white man.” If you guys have been following my reviews, you’ll probably know that I talk about found family and how important it is to me a lot, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the epitome of how beautiful a found family can be. Evelyn and Harry’s friendship in this was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read in my entire reading life. “When you write the ending, Monique, make sure the reader understands that all I was ever really looking for was family. Make sure it’s clear that I found it. Make sure they know that I am heartbroken without it.” And the romance? The true romance in this book is the most romantic thing I have ever read in my entire life. And you guys know I’ve read a ton of romances, but they are all lesser to this. Every single one of them can’t compare with the romance in this book. I feel like every time I’ve used the word “perfect” to describe something that wasn’t the romance in this book, then I used the word wrong. “Please never forget that the sun rises and sets with your smile. At least to me it does. You’re the only thing on this planet worth worshipping.” How many Evelyn and Celias are there in the world? How many are still playing the role that Evelyn was forced to play? I cry for every single person who must hide who they are, and who they want to love. And this book talks about many big things in queer history; from the Stonewall riots to the disgusting Reagan administration, but life still isn't anywhere close to equal in 2018. The prejudices, the discrimination, the virus/syndrome blaming, the looks I’ve experienced holding a girl’s hand while walking into a restaurant? Those are still in 2018, in the United States, but people act like none of those things exists because marriage is legalized, begrudgingly. I’m not writing this review to get on my soapbox, but I promise, we have a lot more work to do. And this book, this book lit a fire under me. I personally identify as pansexual, but I felt like the bisexual rep in this was a tier above anything my eyes have ever seen. Seeing Evelyn love all the parts of her, and all the different parts of her love, was something so awe-inspiring. I am still so overwhelmed with feelings, but if you identify as bi or pan, this is a love letter to you, I promise. “I was a lesbian when she loved me and a straight woman when she hated me.” This book also focuses a huge importance on motherhood throughout the entirety of this book, and then I read the acknowledgement and started weeping all over again. Taylor Jenkins Reid was able to evoke the strongest emotions from me, and I just pray that things will be different for the generation of kids being raised right now. This was the first thing I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I will buy every single new thing she produces. The writing was so lyrical and addicting. I mean, I have a quote between almost every paragraph. This whole book deserves to be highlighted. The characters, well, my mind has now forever imagined that these are real people now, so there is that. The topics, themes, and discussions are beyond important. This book just makes me feel so passionately. This book is one of the most empowering pieces of literature I’ve ever consumed. And I am not the same person I was before this book. “I told her every single day that her life had been the world’s greatest gift to me, that I believed I was put on earth not to make movies or wear emerald-green gowns and wave at crowds but to be her mother.” If you guys ever take a recommendation from me; please have it be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Please, I’m actually begging you. I promise, this book is lifechanging, and I equally promise you that this book changed mine. There is magic between these four-hundred-pages. Pure magic. This story is addicting, enthralling, and so important. And if you’re an Evelyn, in 2018, I see you, but I hope it doesn’t take you as long as it took her to be happy. This will forever be one of the best books of my life, and I’ll cherish it forever. “People think that 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.” Trigger/Content Warnings: death of a loved one, death of a child, talk of suicide, unhealthy dieting, underage sex with an adult, abortion, talk of miscarriage, a lot of physical abuse, cheating, dunk driving, and homophobic slurs. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch Buddy read with May & Alexis! ❤
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    “Make them pay you as much as they would a white man.” this book made me experience all five stages of grief and simultaneously made me feel every positive emotion in the world and I have no idea how that is possible. but listen, if you only read one book I recommend you this year, this is a good choice. ✨✨✨The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is, yeah, about the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Seven husbands who are sometimes awful and sometimes sympathetic and sometimes somewhere in between. Er “Make them pay you as much as they would a white man.” this book made me experience all five stages of grief and simultaneously made me feel every positive emotion in the world and I have no idea how that is possible. but listen, if you only read one book I recommend you this year, this is a good choice. ✨✨✨The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is, yeah, about the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Seven husbands who are sometimes awful and sometimes sympathetic and sometimes somewhere in between. Ernie, who she used to get to where she is, Don, who beat her till she barely knew whether to continue, Harry, who she loved more than any of them, Max, who loves the idea of her more than he could ever love her. But I think, despite its marketing, this book is really about Evelyn. Awful, complicated, completely lovable Evelyn. Evelyn is a flawed, compelling, brave, ambitious woman who got to where she was with teeth and claws and never gave up. She is also, and I’m not even joking, one of the most iconic characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. She is a woman with a lot of ambition but also one who loves and wants to be loved. She is such a good character.This book is also fiercely and unapologetically socio-political and I love that. Evelyn’s story is one of being a woman in a man’s world. It is one of being a Cuban woman in a white woman’s world. It is one of being a bisexual woman in an era where attraction to women was demonized by the whole culture. It is one of hiding yourself for ambition, one of trying to decide which one takes precedent, one of aging, and one of never knowing whether your choices were right. Annnnnnnd this book also has the most fucking heartbreaking romantic relationship I have had the displeasure to read about in my entire life. I don’t… I don’t know if romantic relationships should be considered spoilers, but… well, I knew going in who the actual love of Evelyn’s life was and it STILL WORKED FOR ME. So here it is: Evelyn Hugo and Celia St. James are one of my favorite fictional relationships, of all time, ever. These two have a complicated, flawed, at times tumultous relationship, and yet they love each other so much, always. “People think that 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.” And perhaps my favorite part was the messaging around the importance of actual love in relationships, rather than just a willingness to try. “You didn't come here and tell me how much you miss me. Or how hard it has been to live without me. You said you didn't want to give up. And I don't want to give up, either. I don't want to fail at this. But that's not actually a great reason to stay together. We should have reasons why we don't want to give. It shouldn't just be that we don't want to give up. And I don't... have any. “You have never felt like my other half.” I know I’ve talked about a lot of specific things in the book, but I don’t know exactly how to put into words what this book meant to me. You can almost feel how much Taylor Jenkins Reid felt this book. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo left me an emotional mess, but also a happy mess. All I know is I feel ruined for any other book, and I want you to be as well.Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    This is genuinely one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read. It is a favorite of the year, it will be a favorite of all time. I am wholly enchanted by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I will never forget how much I adore this book.CW: adultery, domestic abuse, death/grief, homophobia/biphobia, racismAdult fiction is not typically my cup of tea, especially a combination of historical fiction and contemporary with the amount of long flashbacks (flashbacks: ALSO NOT MY THING). I have This is genuinely one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read. It is a favorite of the year, it will be a favorite of all time. I am wholly enchanted by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I will never forget how much I adore this book.CW: adultery, domestic abuse, death/grief, homophobia/biphobia, racismAdult fiction is not typically my cup of tea, especially a combination of historical fiction and contemporary with the amount of long flashbacks (flashbacks: ALSO NOT MY THING). I have no idea how this combination of literary elements I typically do not like consumed my entire being, but it did. Taylor Jenkins Reid is an immensely talented author. Her prose is beautiful, vivid, and descriptive. There isn’t a moment throughout this story where I was bored or underwhelmed. Every second of this book is completely engaging – it was a huge struggle to put the book down.Evelyn Hugo is one of the greatest literary characters I have ever had the pleasure to read from. The exploration of her Cuban heritage and bisexuality is fascinating, especially given the era and her celebrity status. She is one of those intoxicating characters you will never be able to purge from your mind with her strong will, her independence, her strength, her cunning, and her compassion. Evelyn Hugo is unforgettable in my mind and hearing her story was one of the greatest pleasures I think I have ever experienced as a reader.Personally, I didn’t LOVE Monique, though I am always happy to see another biracial main character in literature. I appreciated her contribution to the story as I feel the book would lose some of it’s strength if there was not another character for Evelyn to explain her actions and motivations to and it was just her story, but it’s for that reason that I sometimes felt she was more of a plot device than an individual character. Compared to Evelyn, I just did not care for Monique’s individual life and problems. I enjoyed seeing how Evelyn influenced her life, but her storyline was so drab compared to Evelyn. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME. I will never forget how in love I am with this story and all the ways it has affected me. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who is interested in spectacular fiction novels (which should be all of you.)
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  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    January 1, 1970
    I... don't even know where to start.This was absolutely FANASTIC, and I was expecting to love it (this is a 5-star predicted read) but I was completely blown away. The characters are utterly captivating and complex. The audiobook was wonderfully narrated. I am a FAN!
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  • Victoria Schwab
    January 1, 1970
    What an extraordinary and surprising read. Absolutely adored this one.
  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Evelyn Hugo, born Evelyn Elena Herrera, daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up poor in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. By 1955 she was in Hollywood. Evelyn is beautiful....as tall and slim as a ballerina, with straight thick eyebrows, oversize almond shape eyes, blonde hair, ( dyed only after she arrives in Hollywood to help her get acting roles), rich, powerful, charming, and exudes a casualness and confidence that makes her all the more radiating. This enchanting lovely woman was Evelyn Hugo, born Evelyn Elena Herrera, daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up poor in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. By 1955 she was in Hollywood. Evelyn is beautiful....as tall and slim as a ballerina, with straight thick eyebrows, oversize almond shape eyes, blonde hair, ( dyed only after she arrives in Hollywood to help her get acting roles), rich, powerful, charming, and exudes a casualness and confidence that makes her all the more radiating. This enchanting lovely woman was humble - down to earth in areas that mattered. Yes, she had seven husbands, too! I was quickly bewitched, fully captivated by Evelyn Hugo. It was her calm wisdom - humble but direct speaking that moved me. She made a distinction about words and how they can be misleading, that made me want to SCREAM OUT AND SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT!!!!!! There was a scene early in the book where it was very clear how one word could induce shame. Words really can hurt and paint evil pictures.... preaching...assumptions before asking.... sarcasm.....etc. I sat and thought about all the times people have used words - not chosen them carefully - and as a result I'd feel hurt or belittled. I'm no better. I also thought about times I did the same to others. Words do hurt and damage the spirit- and the trust of relationships. Ms. Hugo, 79 year old Hollywood legend, handled those 'wrong words' with grace, correcting - teaching- inspiring her new-friend at the time while having compassion for 'herself'. Her purpose was not to hurt her friend who spoke the wrong words - but also not to allow for the misleading word to be, "misleading". I started reading 'slower' ( wanting to take in every word out of Evelyn Hugo's mouth), when I realized this Hollywood notable Starlett was sincerely deserving- and worthy of the fans she has -- a celebrity to love!!! I soon discovered this classy gorgeous woman had acute self-awareness, high levels of emotional intelligence, clearly socially aware, and relentlessly lived a full life of many experiences filled with joy and challenges. I felt like I was given a gift - absorbing wisdom from this 79 year old woman. Her life experiences were fascinating, glamorous, scandalous and she herself was .....*extraordinary*. I was learning from this fictional character. Monique Grant, Evelyn's new friend, 35 years old, is an unknown reporter at 'Vivant', in Los Angeles. Evelyn wants Monique to write a book about her life story. Everyone in the journalism community- including Monique's boss, Frankie, were shocked that Evelyn asked for Monique. ONLY Monique -- or no deal at all!!! There are some complications for Monique to figure out with work--plus her husband, David just left her....( not even married a full year), but her life is about to change. Why did Evelyn pick Monique to write her book? We wonder right away!!!We also want to know about Evelyn's life - her husband's - and which one she loved the most. We have many questions as we take this journey-- and it's delicious- with many insightful life lessons and messages.Intimacy - closeness - trust - and real friendship grows as Monique listens to Evelyn's life story. Monique is past the point of remaining objective. She knows how specular of a human being Evelyn is. Against all of her journalistic integrity Monique feels a full range of emotions for her. Monique begins to feel a deep connection and love with Evelyn. There are many juicy stories that get revealed about Evelyn's past marriages, relationships, and movies she stars in, "Father and Daughter", "Little Women", and the title role in "Anna Karenina", however when Evelyn begins to share about her present day life......a secret door becomes unhinged. Both women will have to face the truth together. My final words.... THIS NOVEL IS EARTH SHATTERING FABULOUS- FANTASTIC -WONDERFUL -soooooo GOOD I can barely stand it!!!!!! It's 'not' what you think it is!!!!!!I laughed, I cried, and thankful that this book kept me cozy company while sick in bed!!!!!Many Thanks Atria Books, Netgalley, Jamie, ( my friend who demanded I 'not' wait for the audiobook book as planned - that I RUN over to Netgalley and begged for this book and then drop everything and start reading if given the opportunity -- bless you Jamie Girl.... and last to Taylor Jenkins Reid... ( you really out-did yourself with this novel... amazing!!!! Love You for it!!)
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a 2017 Atria Books publication.A story so well written I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction. The cleverly titled novel appealed to my interest in old Hollywood, the scandals and cover-ups the public never had the slightest clue existed. Evelyn Hugo is a faded movie star in advanced years who has decided to write her life story- a deliciously scandalous tell all with a sharp focus on her seven marriages. To help with this task, she lures Monique Gra The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a 2017 Atria Books publication.A story so well written I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction. The cleverly titled novel appealed to my interest in old Hollywood, the scandals and cover-ups the public never had the slightest clue existed. Evelyn Hugo is a faded movie star in advanced years who has decided to write her life story- a deliciously scandalous tell all with a sharp focus on her seven marriages. To help with this task, she lures Monique Grant to her home under false pretenses, but soon seduces her into agreeing to take the job, by making her an offer she couldn’t resist. The story moves slowly at first while Evelyn settles into her story and Monique learns how to handle Evelyn, often using Evelyn’s own advice against her to gain leverage. But, once they have come to an understanding, Evelyn’s story takes center stage and what a story it was. The first question Monique asked Evelyn is:‘Who was the great love of your life?'It seems like a reasonable enough question, considering Evelyn’s numerous marriages, but it turns out to be much more complicated than what it may seem on the surface. I admit, I sat literally spellbound and mesmerized by Evelyn and her turbulent life as an actress and movie star, and the amazing twists and turns her life took in search of personal peace, love, and contentment. Her storytelling was an Academy Award performance. Evelyn made concessions along the way to fame, allowing herself to be recreated by erasing her Cuban heritage and features, as well as leaving her first husband for a chance at fame and fortune. Her love life takes many twists and turns as does her career, but what the public witnessed was nothing at all like what went on behind closed doors. Her life was like the old Hollywood is all ‘smoke and mirrors’ adage personified.While Monique is the interviewer, her life and background deserves a close look. She is depressed over her failed marriage and her seemingly dead -end position at work. This gig is worth the incredible risk she takes, but she could never have guessed the monumental impact Evelyn Hugo would have on her life. Naturally, I thought of Elizabeth Taylor and her many marriages, but the story also had a hint of Marilyn Monroe’s humble beginnings as well. However, a few of Evelyn's leading men mimicked or could have been modeled after real movie stars from that era as well. But, the most significant points come from the relationships Evelyn developed, outside of the public eye, and how they managed to keep the situation a secret for so many years. Each husband is given their own chapter with a special title that applies to them personally or to Evelyn’s relationship or opinion of them. I disliked many of them, and really loved others, as did Evelyn. But beware of Evelyn’s spin on things. She is determined to tell this tale her way and her outlook is often a matter of perspective. As things progress, I began to see how Evelyn’s influence on Monique begins to take hold. She gives good advice even if it sounds selfish, greedy, or cold. She didn’t get to be the great ‘Evelyn Hugo’ without some verve. Although there are strong passages regarding sexuality, and the hidden secret lives people were forced to resort to in those days, for me, the powerful transformation Monique undergoes under Evelyn’s tutelage is what sticks with me the most. Now, this story could have worked as a fictional tell all from Hollywood’s golden age, but there are a couple of 'Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night'moments you won’t see it coming, which left me utterly speechless and completely flabbergasted. My emotions exploded in a million different directions at that point. The conclusion is riddled with rich bittersweet irony, but couldn't have been more fitting. Overall, this is an incredibly well written story, very atmospheric, multi-layered, thought provoking, and utterly hypnotizing. Someday, I would like to re-read this one so I can absorb all those nuances I missed leading up to that stunning conclusion. This one was so good I had a little book hangover for a couple of days. Highly recommend!!
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    “Don't ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don't do that.” Let me go ahead and say that I had no idea what to expect from this book. When it first released, I remember seeing it everywhere, and I honestly didn’t take any interest in it until I was told about how diverse it was. It’s full of incredible representation: you’ve got bi rep, gay rep, lesbian rep, a Cuban woman, a biracial woman—so when I heard about all of that, I finally decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad that “Don't ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don't do that.” Let me go ahead and say that I had no idea what to expect from this book. When it first released, I remember seeing it everywhere, and I honestly didn’t take any interest in it until I was told about how diverse it was. It’s full of incredible representation: you’ve got bi rep, gay rep, lesbian rep, a Cuban woman, a biracial woman—so when I heard about all of that, I finally decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad that I did, because whatever I thought Evelyn Hugo was about, didn’t hold a candle to the experience of reading it for myself. “People think that 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.” Throughout the entire book, Evelyn is more or less laying her soul bare to Monique, this reporter who she’s asked to write her life story. As this famous actress, Evelyn’s memories are juicy and full of drama, hidden pains and secret triumphs, and most notably, her seven marriages—not one of them having been to the hidden love of her life. Despite the descriptions she gives for judgments she received and the snippets of gossip articles laid out intermittently through the book, Evelyn isn’t ashamed of herself in any way, and it creates this incredibly feminist, sex-positive atmosphere that I could’ve soaked in forever. “I made it fifty-fifty. Which is about the cruelest thing you can do to someone you love, give them just enough good to make them stick through a hell of a lot of bad.” Despite Evelyn’s status as this film goddess by this point, she feels so relatable and she manages to work even the celebrity aspects of her life into this narrative that anyone could understand, as she admits to the sins she committed and the lies she told, and even to the baser things like the fact that she realized early on, no amount of fame or fortune would ever truly satisfy a successful actress like herself. She constantly owns up to selfish motives and awful behaviors, yet she’s tremendously likable, and I think that’s a fact that points to how terrific Taylor Jenkins Reid’s storytelling is: because we are hearing everything through Evelyn’s memories, from the mouth of an elderly woman who has settled down and found peace, it makes it difficult to ever blame her for a single crime she committed. “It’s always been fascinating to me how things can be simultaneously true and false, how people can be good and bad all in one, how someone can love you in a way that is beautifully selfless while serving themselves ruthlessly.” Of course, Evelyn’s not all bad—she overcame circumstances that many people would’ve simply given up under, and yet, she managed to love beautifully and to put her family first at every turn, even if the moves she made to protect them didn’t always make sense on the surface. Whether it’s her hidden love, or her endless commitment to her best friend, or her breathtaking adoration of her daughter, when you reach the end of the story and look back, it’s easy to see that nothing mattered more to Evelyn than the people she held dear, and it makes her feel spectacularly human. “It’s a hard business, reconciling what the truth used to be with what the truth is now.” Of course, Evelyn isn’t the only character who’s enjoyable in this book; underneath her memories is the story of Monique, the reporter who’s just trying to find her place in a world that doesn’t like to make room for strong women, much less women of color striking out on their own. She grows so much in a short span of time, and while the circumstances of the writing process aren’t always kind to her, and while she’s never really the star of the show, you can’t help but root for her, too—and everyone else in this complex, layered, masterpiece of a book. “You have to find a job that makes your heart feel big instead of one that makes it feel small.” I feel like there is so much more that I want to say, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It sets itself so solidly apart from anything I’ve ever read that even remotely resembled it, and is probably one of the most powerful, emotional, and incredible things I have ever read. I am forever grateful for each and every one of who you encouraged me to pick it up, and for Taylor Jenkins Reid, the genius behind the pages. I cannot recommend this highly enough.Buddy read with Meisha, Angie, and Delanna! ♥
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this at 3am and then cried myself to sleep. This was truly remarkable. Evelyn Hugo is a character I won't get out of my head for a long time.
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    I’m just sobbing on my couch. No big deal. I’ve been emotionally gutted, but whatever. This book had two of the most wonderfully fascinating complex female characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about, BUT ILL BE FINE
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    4.5⭐This book is fucking spectacular.I’m blown away by the level of depth that this book had and the emotional toll it’s taken on my heart. 4.5⭐️This book is fucking spectacular.I’m blown away by the level of depth that this book had and the emotional toll it’s taken on my heart.
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  • PorshaJo
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 4.5So here is a little secret.....when I travel via plane, I make a b-line to the sundries shops in the airports to read the 'rag' magazines. I will stand in there and read a bunch of them cover to cover. I love it. Something about those juicy stories that you think 'they can't be true, right', something about getting the glimpse of the stars and the outrageous stories, it's a guilty pleasure. Reading this one by Talylor Jenkins Reid, gave me that same wonderful, guilty pleasure feeling. Rating 4.5So here is a little secret.....when I travel via plane, I make a b-line to the sundries shops in the airports to read the 'rag' magazines. I will stand in there and read a bunch of them cover to cover. I love it. Something about those juicy stories that you think 'they can't be true, right', something about getting the glimpse of the stars and the outrageous stories, it's a guilty pleasure. Reading this one by Talylor Jenkins Reid, gave me that same wonderful, guilty pleasure feeling. But this one, I enjoyed so much more.This was my first Traveling Sister Group Read and it was so much fun discussing this one with everyone. Here you learn the life story of starlet Evelyn Hugo. From when she was very young living in NYC, to making her move to Hollywood, and through her yes, seven husbands. It was quite the scandalous read. When I saw early review of this one, I was hooked. And that cover...gorgeous. I don't want to say too much other than to read this one. It truly was a great read that kept me enthralled the entire time. I listened while on the exercise bike and just didn't want to get off, I wanted to keep listening. The audio was very good, winning an ear phones award, and the voice of Evelyn just drew me in like she was talking to me. Not normally the type of book I read. But every now and then, you need a juicy story, that almost borders on 'chick lit'. (Is that wrong to say?) So glad I read this one.For a fab review on how all the 'sisters' felt on this one, you can see the entire review by Brenda. All of our Traveling Sisters Group Read Reviews can be found on the blog: https://twogirlslostinacouleereading.wordpress.com
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  • amy
    January 1, 1970
    [full review posted]i have completely and utterly fallen in love with this masterpiece of a book, and here's why you should read it, too:i'm thoroughly convinced that the seven husbands of evelyn hugo falls into the "books you MUST read before you die" category. regardless of your gender, your sexuality, reader or non-reader, no matter who you are or where you come from, you should read this book.it fundamentally changed me as a person (and i'm not just saying that, i truly feel like i'm a compl [full review posted]i have completely and utterly fallen in love with this masterpiece of a book, and here's why you should read it, too:i'm thoroughly convinced that the seven husbands of evelyn hugo falls into the "books you MUST read before you die" category. regardless of your gender, your sexuality, reader or non-reader, no matter who you are or where you come from, you should read this book.it fundamentally changed me as a person (and i'm not just saying that, i truly feel like i'm a completely different human being coming out of this). i wasn't even able to touch another book for the past two days, simply because i wanted to relish in this feeling of empowerment and amazement that ensued with finishing this story. i wanted to hold on to that for as long as possible. sometimes it shocks me in what ways [good] literature can influence me. “Don't ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don't do that.” (Evelyn, about being bisexual) so, what is this book about?to put it simply: it is about a woman having seven (7!!!) husbands, but truly loving only one woman her entire life, but it is about so much more than that. i want you to figure all that out on your own. just trust me when i say that you need to witness this story for yourself, for so many reasons.evelyn hugo:evelyn hugo might just be the most complex character i ever had the privilege of reading about. she's strong and independent and goes after what she wants, but most importantly, she's just the way she is, and unapologetic about it. “...do yourself a favor and learn to grab life by the balls, dear. Don’t be so tied up in trying to do the right thing when the smart thing is so painfully clear.” i wish there were more fictional characters like her. i want to read about the ones that have to earn every damn thing themselves, that don't take shit from nobody, that do what they have to do in order to get what they want. i can honestly say, i've never hated and adored a literary character more in my whole experience as a reader.writing:taylor jenkins reid is an extraordinary writer that had me spellbound from the first page. her characters are nothing but authentic, the way she tells her story is exceptional and she makes everything feel so incredibly real, i absolutely can't wait to read more of her works. final words:i know this review isn't as funny and full of memes as usual, but i really just wanted to write whatever was on my mind and be as authentic as possible when talking about how i felt about this book. it truly means a lot to me, and i just wanted to convey that genuinely. i hope you get the chance to check it out, or maybe even read it in full once in your life, and i hope you feel the same sparks that i felt while experiencing it. i hope it sticks with you as much as it stuck with me. and i hope it makes you fall in love with reading even more. “People think that 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.”
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! Traveling Sisters Group Read which I read along with Brenda, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and my Mom, Linda! It was another awesome experience to read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO with this wonderful group of ladies. Thank you everyone who participated in this group read!THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by TAYLOR JENKINS REID was a surprisingly good read for me that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish! It was a fun, wicked, and an absolutely engaging read!Highly recommend thi 4.5 Stars! Traveling Sisters Group Read which I read along with Brenda, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and my Mom, Linda! It was another awesome experience to read THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO with this wonderful group of ladies. Thank you everyone who participated in this group read!THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by TAYLOR JENKINS REID was a surprisingly good read for me that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish! It was a fun, wicked, and an absolutely engaging read!Highly recommend this glamorous, scandalous, touching, and emotional saga! The full Traveling Sisters Review can be found on Brenda's and my sister blog:http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...
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  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Folks, this book just came into my home and murdered me personally I’m shaking Anyway I literally cried for 20 mins listening this and not like cute sniffles either I mean full on tears streaming down my face and I had to keep wiping my eyes so I could see now THATS a testament to how good this book is Anyway I want to die this is too much the ROLLER COASTER of emotions all I can say is dkkfksklskdjfkdkskfjkska You know when a book just turns out to be so much more than you expected? That’s me w Folks, this book just came into my home and murdered me personally I’m shaking Anyway I literally cried for 20 mins listening this and not like cute sniffles either I mean full on tears streaming down my face and I had to keep wiping my eyes so I could see now THATS a testament to how good this book is Anyway I want to die this is too much the ROLLER COASTER of emotions all I can say is dkkfksklskdjfkdkskfjkska You know when a book just turns out to be so much more than you expected? That’s me with this. And god I just wanna cry bc I love these characters so much but I love how real they are and god I want to die this book ended me FUCKRtc
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  • Kayla Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This was phenomenal. So honest and raw, I just loved it.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Re-read: March 2018Sigh... I love this book.Original Review: June 2017This stunning, emotional, spitfire book is about old Hollywood teaching an unsuspecting innocent a thing or two about success in all its forms and doing whatever it takes to get it. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features alternating timelines as an aging starlet (Evelyn Hugo) participates in a journalism interview of her life story. Lucky for us, her answers take on a life of their own, allowing readers to be sucked back i Re-read: March 2018Sigh... I love this book.Original Review: June 2017This stunning, emotional, spitfire book is about old Hollywood teaching an unsuspecting innocent a thing or two about success in all its forms and doing whatever it takes to get it. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo features alternating timelines as an aging starlet (Evelyn Hugo) participates in a journalism interview of her life story. Lucky for us, her answers take on a life of their own, allowing readers to be sucked back in time to an era of glamour, strategy, and secrecy. Be aware that it's oh so easy to forget this is fiction. It feels like an actual memoir - the execution is flawless...and our fresh-faced journalist is not the only one learning life lessons here. Evelyn's character shares perspectives on equality issues, relationships, the spectrum of sexuality, the cost and consequences of success, and taking ownership of (and responsibility for) one's life. It's also about how times have changed, and although opportunities of significance are becoming more and more accessible to women these days, sometimes we are the ones who continue to stand in our own damned way. “So do yourself a favor and learn to grab life by the balls, dear. Don’t be so tied up in trying to do the right thing when the smart thing is so painfully clear.” It seems we all can learn something from Evelyn Hugo. Check it out!My favorite quote:“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.”6/15/2017:Can't help myself. I'm reading it again before it goes back to the library <36/14/2017:OMG I adore this book. I knew early on it would be going on my favorite's list. Highly recommend.Full review to come...
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  • Tan Markovic
    January 1, 1970
    No doubt...5/5 stars...Read from start to finish and reviewed in one day, if that doesn't say everything I don't know what will. This review will probably just be a load of rambling nonsense as I'm writing it straight after finishing the book and I'm overwhelmed with what I've just read. I loved everything about this wonderful story; the well developed characters, the juicy plot, the interesting way in which it was written and the twist that I never saw coming- all of this from the very start ha No doubt...5/5 stars...Read from start to finish and reviewed in one day, if that doesn't say everything I don't know what will. This review will probably just be a load of rambling nonsense as I'm writing it straight after finishing the book and I'm overwhelmed with what I've just read. I loved everything about this wonderful story; the well developed characters, the juicy plot, the interesting way in which it was written and the twist that I never saw coming- all of this from the very start had me totally hooked. To be totally honest, I picked this up because I wanted some light hearted chic lit and whoa did I get way more than I bargained for.I think what hit me the most about this book was how much I felt for every character in it and the relationships that Evelyn built with them. The different types of connections and love you can feel for others really resonated and the characters just felt so real to me. I think maybe after everything Evelyn Hugo did throughout her life, we should feel some kind of animosity towards her, however I cannot help but absolutely adore her and everything she did for herself and others.The entire story from start to finish was so captivating, juicy and dramatic that I managed to finish it in one day as it completely consumed me and I wasn't able to do anything else all day. I loved the way there were articles and reports about Evelyn throughout her career entwined in the story, it really added to the way the story was delivered. I loved the way sexuality was addressed with such raw honesty and transparency and gave some insight into just how far people will go for the people they love.The ending to the book was just beautiful and brought all the tears. This may be my favourite book of 2018 so far. A book I can say is actually worth all the hype that is surrounding it and my heart feels a lot more full right now. What a stunning book.Reviews can be found at: www.booknerdtan.wordpress.com
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  • Clau R.
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to think until I do my wrap up if this will be a 4.5 stars read or 5 star read. BUT WOW. Just know that I loved it.No puede ser que no hubiera escuchado sobre este libro antes, ¡es una maravilla! Y las miles de reseñas positivas lo respaldan. La historia de Evelyn Hugo te quita el aliento. Es intrigante y muy cautivadora; y es de esas de las que simplemente quieres saber MÁS Y MÁS. Yo no podía creer lo inmersa que estaba en la lectura. Solo quería saber más sobre Evelyn Hugo, sus logro I'm going to think until I do my wrap up if this will be a 4.5 stars read or 5 star read. BUT WOW. Just know that I loved it.No puede ser que no hubiera escuchado sobre este libro antes, ¡es una maravilla! Y las miles de reseñas positivas lo respaldan. La historia de Evelyn Hugo te quita el aliento. Es intrigante y muy cautivadora; y es de esas de las que simplemente quieres saber MÁS Y MÁS. Yo no podía creer lo inmersa que estaba en la lectura. Solo quería saber más sobre Evelyn Hugo, sus logros, sus triunfos, sus tropiezos, sus motivaciones y, obviamente, sus siete esposos.¿Cómo fue que se casó siete veces? Y aún más importante... ¿quién fue realmente su gran amor?No creo que sea un libro con mucha profundidad, pero sí muy adictivo, hace tiempo que no me la pasaba TAN BIEN y tan picada leyendo una historia. Es que WOW, me sentía dentro del libro, como si Evelyn Hugo fuera un ícono del mundo real y yo fuera su fan y quisiera conocer cada uno de sus secretos. Me encantó, de verdad.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    5 STARS “Seven husbands. Which one did she love best? Which one was the real one?” I’m a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid books and in this novel she presents the life story of an Hollywood icon who seems to have randomly picked our heroine to write this priceless piece. The story is not what I expected yet was executed and delivered expertly and left me in awe of Miss Reid’s talent. “I will tell you my life story in a way that will be beneficial to both us. Although, to be honest, mainly you.” T 5 STARS “Seven husbands. Which one did she love best? Which one was the real one?” I’m a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid books and in this novel she presents the life story of an Hollywood icon who seems to have randomly picked our heroine to write this priceless piece. The story is not what I expected yet was executed and delivered expertly and left me in awe of Miss Reid’s talent. “I will tell you my life story in a way that will be beneficial to both us. Although, to be honest, mainly you.” The now aged icon starts at the beginning of her life and leads a reader and our writer, Monique through the story of her scandalous life. Evelyn is a beauty being the envy of men and woman alike. She light up the stage, her sex appeal, her talent, her strength, and let’s not forget seven failed marriages.“I’ve spent a very long time learning how to spin the truth. It’s hard to undo that wiring.” Evelyn does harbor a secret that she has kept out of the papers and in which makes this story a bit scandalous yet in the end beautiful. I devoured the story, I loved how the author even tied in Monique to the plot and in the end the last line will stay with me for a very long time!!!
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing book!This novel tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a famous Hollywood actress that started her career in the fifties. She's almost 80 years old and wants to have her autobiography written by a relatively-unknown journalist named Monique. Monique is as astounded as most people are to learn that the highly-successful and reclusive Evelyn Hugo wants her to write the story of Evelyn's life but she agrees and this is the beginning of this remarkable book.The story is told from the points What an amazing book!This novel tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, a famous Hollywood actress that started her career in the fifties. She's almost 80 years old and wants to have her autobiography written by a relatively-unknown journalist named Monique. Monique is as astounded as most people are to learn that the highly-successful and reclusive Evelyn Hugo wants her to write the story of Evelyn's life but she agrees and this is the beginning of this remarkable book.The story is told from the points of view of Evelyn and Monique and alternates between the present and the past. The writing is beautiful and Evelyn Hugo is an amazing character, I am so glad I got to spent some time getting to know her.The novel is engaging, complex as well as entertaining.Overall I loved the book and highly recommend it to all.
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  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.netWhen I think back on my reading habits from a year ago and compare them to today, it makes me so glad that I started book blogging. Without this wonderful community of avid readers, I never would have discovered this book. It is far outside what I'd normally pick for myself to read, but finding it was like finding a diamond in the rough, if the rough is the bookstore I was unleashed onto when I committed to buying it. Thanks to a few fellow See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.netWhen I think back on my reading habits from a year ago and compare them to today, it makes me so glad that I started book blogging. Without this wonderful community of avid readers, I never would have discovered this book. It is far outside what I'd normally pick for myself to read, but finding it was like finding a diamond in the rough, if the rough is the bookstore I was unleashed onto when I committed to buying it. Thanks to a few fellow reviewers I trust completely who were raving about it, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try a new genre for a change. I'm so glad I did because this was stunning, and Evelyn's story moved me in ways I didn't anticipate it would when I started.I like to think this dichotomy between the cover and the unexpected intricacies of Evelyn's story was a clever deception on the author and publisher's part. Giving this book a title that mirrors tabloid headlines about a Hollywood icon is very in keeping with the way Evelyn is valued by the industry itself. An industry in which her worth is directly correlated to her appearance as Evelyn Hugo, the actress, while disregarding the complexities and intricacies present in Evelyn Herrera, the woman behind the icon. Watching Evelyn's story unfold was the most fun I've had all year. I couldn't put this book down. A reader might think they've got her figured out, and then Taylor Jenkins Reid goes ahead and peels back another layer. Part of me would love to shout from the rooftops some of the spoilers present in this story because I loved them, but I think the journey through to those revelations is too important to spoil. For a story set in the decades between 1950 and the present, the themes and political discourse that is threaded through the narrative are still stark and important. For those of you who seek diversity in your stories, I hope you've got this novel on your radar. Evelyn and Monique are both WOC and there are more diverse characters as well. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at weaving their experiences as women with thematic elements of love, self-discovery and embracing truths that are not always self-evident into both her lead character's journeys. Their stories are topical, relevant and achingly real. They serve as an especially important reminder for those who might assign value onto women (and celebrity icons) for their appearance and status while failing to recognize the person behind the image - and that we all make flawed choices from time to time.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is brilliant, compelling and a triumph of my reading year thus far. I'm going to keep my eye out for more books by this author in the future.★★★★★ = 5/5 stars
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Taylor Jenkins Reid is a Old Hollywood fan. You can tell from reading this book. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is part faux memoir part commentary on what life as a Hollywood actress in the 1950's & 60's was like. Evelyn Hugo is jigsaw puzzle that's pieces are slowly put together as you read it. As a Old Hollywood fan I spent this book trying to figure out which real life actresses Evelyn Hugo was based off of. I have a list but I won't reveal it because two of the actresses would be spo Taylor Jenkins Reid is a Old Hollywood fan. You can tell from reading this book. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is part faux memoir part commentary on what life as a Hollywood actress in the 1950's & 60's was like. Evelyn Hugo is jigsaw puzzle that's pieces are slowly put together as you read it. As a Old Hollywood fan I spent this book trying to figure out which real life actresses Evelyn Hugo was based off of. I have a list but I won't reveal it because two of the actresses would be spoilers. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is elegantly written, rich in detail, just really really good. Evelyn Hugo is carefully crafted and I'm kinda mad she's not real because I think she would be in my top five Old Hollywood actresses. If you live for Hollywood gossip read this book. If you love books written for women by women read this book. If you like beautiful, heartbreaking, and captivating stories read this book. Basically everyone read this book.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Contemporary-A-Thon challenge #4: read a hyped contemporary - COMPLETE!Excuse me I am so emotional this was one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. My bisexual heart is crying from how perfect this was. READ THIS NOW kthnxbai
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    January 1, 1970
    I love when books make you believe the characters are real. Listened to this on audio and loved it! Devoured it in less than 2 days and can't start anything else because I'm just sad it's over.Content warnings: (view spoiler)[ suicide, cancer, abusive romance, sexism and homophobia in historic context, fat hate according to Hollywood beauty standards (hide spoiler)]Representation: Main character is Cuban American and bisexual. Other main character is biracial (white & African American). Ther I love when books make you believe the characters are real. Listened to this on audio and loved it! Devoured it in less than 2 days and can't start anything else because I'm just sad it's over.Content warnings: (view spoiler)[ suicide, cancer, abusive romance, sexism and homophobia in historic context, fat hate according to Hollywood beauty standards (hide spoiler)]Representation: Main character is Cuban American and bisexual. Other main character is biracial (white & African American). There is a lesbian side character.
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  • Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    •full review posted now• “When you're given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn't give things, you take things.” I’m so sensitive that if someone poked me, I’d cry. Taylor Jenkins Reid, you could've made my life easier. I already have 99 problems and heart failure isn’t going to be one of them. If I somehow end up at the hospital……..you will cover the bill, right? I spent all my life savings on tissue boxes. It’s the least y •full review posted now• “When you're given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn't give things, you take things.” I’m so sensitive that if someone poked me, I’d cry. Taylor Jenkins Reid, you could've made my life easier. I already have 99 problems and heart failure isn’t going to be one of them. If I somehow end up at the hospital……..you will cover the bill, right? I spent all my life savings on tissue boxes. It’s the least you can do. You owe me. advice to author: you should get sponsored by a tissue company. listen guys This book fucked me up so good that I can relate to those people who take 3 years to place an order at a fast food restaurant because they don't know want they want. Well, I don't know what I want to say. I'm incapable of justifying my emotions. What I do know is that, the editor was totally aware of the pain and suffering I will experience in this book. I bet you on all the grass in this planet that they did some evil laugh and sat back like: I, Tweebs, solemnly swear that it does sucks to be me right now. This book came into my life, messed everything up, and left. Just freakin left You ever finish a book and then it's all you ever think about? Okay......idk what kind of question that is.......i know everyone experiences this......i hope you do........i experience this with probably every book i read....probably being the key word.......but the point is that I just couldn't shake this book off. I couldn't stop thinking about it. It blew my freakin mind. I felt so satisfied but yet, unsatisfied. I would literally sit down to drink water and find myself zoning out.......straight back into this world. “That’s the part I was stuck in, the part where you accept the apology because it’s easier than addressing the root of the problem.” I never understood how I carried on with my life without knowing this gem existed. How could I sleep? How could I eat chocolate chip muffins? How could my family look me in the eye knowing I did, Taylor Jenkins Reid, dirty by ignoring this book. If you're looking at this book right now and wondering if it's only about a lady and 7 dudes...let me list it out for you: ✓ you're so wrong.✓ you're about to get mind fucked in 1000 ways ✓ you're gonna join me in the, "tears. tears everywhere" club ✓ YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT Y'ALL ARE ABOUT TO WALK INTO !! That is all. Trust me, I'm your prime example. I played the biggest joke on myself by ignoring this book thinking it was based on that reason. me discovering how stupid I was "stupidity at it's finest" a novel by TweebsThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, completely took me by surprise. It was authentic, inspiring, and gut-wrenching. This is a goddamn masterpiece and I want the title of the book tattooed on my forehead. I know........the love is that real. Can you see me trying to lure you into the dark side? I need more people understanding how it feels to watch their emotions escalate to a point where you can't put a leash on it and tell it to stop. And there's no stopping it. From one person to another, it might feel like I'm preparing you for the biggest battle of your life but trust me, you would love every single moment. Do you ever just look at a book and know what it's going to do to you. I had the sense it was gonna leave me devastated but i didn't know what level of devastation. Let me tell you as soon as I finished this, I was left laying on the floor surrounded by a puddle of my tears.it's a hard life being a reader. shoutout to those who get me. am i right or am i right? “People think that 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.” How could I describe this book to you? Well, the plot will definitely fucking grab you by the hand and show you everything you've never known. I literally died in every page. This is a type of book where you don't want to know too much information about the plot. You'd be on an emotional roller coaster but hey let me tell you..........it's worth it. Also in my opinion, it's 10000 times better to watch the plot unravel and come apart. This book had me flipping through the pages so quick that I nearly gave myself a paper cut...and ain't nobody want to experience that type of pain. Yeah, it was that powerful, mesmerizing, and unique that it almost had me drawing blood. “Don't ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don't do that.” It tackles so many tough issues that literally demands to be acknowledged and understood. It's a damn good eye opener. Everything impacted me in some kind of way. I loved how TJR shed a light on these issues and HANDLED IT LIKE A BOSS !! I want to throw this at every single person. So, if a book gets thrown in your face....it wasn't me. but it was me.I had the opportunity to step into someone else's shoes and experience a story that quite literally, fucked me up. Evelyn Hugo is our main character and you know right off the bat that she's not perfect from the beginning. The plot officially begins when Evelyn is ready to confess her hidden story and have the world know who she truly is. She is realistic and very compelling. She is brutally honest and makes mistakes. She will do anything for anyone she loves. Most importantly, She is flawed and she knows it. I will not get into the other characters because I rather you read it and discover about them on your own. Or it's the fact that I don't know where to start on my love for certain characters that legit have me debating whether I should send a message to TJR asking her if i somehow wronged her in the past life. Okay, this is completely unrelated but I can't possibly be the only one who believes that these characters are real??? You know this book seriously got under my skin when I ended up on Google searching about these characters and whether they are real.You want to know??? No, they are absolutely not real. And let's discuss TJR's writing style though. Can we get an applause up in here ?? I'm clapping like a damn walrus right now. I'm so giving this the emoji heart eye right now like wowowowow. I have lost the ability to explain myself. “Sometimes reality comes crashing down on you. Other times reality simply waits, patiently, for you to run out of the energy it takes to deny it.” This is the first book I've ever read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I'm amazed. I'm not saying that I'm going to binge read all her books but that's exactly what I'm saying. Am I gonna sign myself up for even more uncontrollable emotions?? Yeah, I really am but sshhhh have some faith in me. I think I can manage. this is all lies I hope y'all get the chance to read this and If you don't pick this up, I will do this to you in a heartbeat :)
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsTraveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and Linda (sisters mom)The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a unique, delicious, fun, steamy, and stunning story that reads like a tell-all memoir with rich and scandalous content that had us all flipping those pages as fast as we could. Not one of those pages were boring! Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job creating and bringing together realistic, rich, diverse and well-developed characters to life th 4.5 StarsTraveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Holly, PorshaJo, Jennifer and Linda (sisters mom)The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a unique, delicious, fun, steamy, and stunning story that reads like a tell-all memoir with rich and scandalous content that had us all flipping those pages as fast as we could. Not one of those pages were boring! Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job creating and bringing together realistic, rich, diverse and well-developed characters to life that we all quickly loved and adored. Even some of the not well-loved characters brought some kind of lesson, insight, and wisdom into the story through all of the topics and situations that incurred throughout Evelyn’s life. Taylor Jenkins Reid uniquely leads us through Evelyn’s life as she relays her life story to writer Monique which is told to us in husband sections. Through Evelyn’s telling we learn about Evelyn’s life that she shared with her seven husbands and we could see and feel her struggles, and how calculated yet graceful she was to keep herself in the limelight. We admired her determination and strength. Taylor Jenkins Reid does a great job weaving in so many different scenarios and topics within the storyline. We loved how we could see how vulnerable she was and how she refused to let that stop her to get what she wanted. We all really enjoyed all the stories and each section of the husbands and their title and found them fitting to each husband. It was a very clever and unique way to introduce us to each husband. The husband and story we all loved the most of Evelyn’s was Brilliant, Kind-hearted, Tortured Harry Cameron. Their relationship sparked the most emotion in us and we really enjoyed their very special relationship. Taylor Jenkins Reid does such an excellent job with each of the husbands stories and we could really see how much Evelyn grows and learns something about herself through each of her husband's and the relationship she had with them.We all really enjoyed the tabloid articles that were weaved into the story adding a sensational feel to this story for us. Taylor Jenkins Reid does a brilliant job of making Evelyn so real by deriving insight from her, giving her many words of wisdom. Throughout our discussion, we really enjoyed sharing her words of wisdom that we thought highlighted her story even more as we were reading. We really enjoyed her insight and wisdom that she brought to her own story. So we can’t leave this review without sharing one. “The world doesn’t give things, you take things.”The ending left a few of us teary-eyed and caught us all off guard as we never saw it coming. At times it felt a little over the top but it really worked for us and in the end, it left us wondering how many relationships, similar scenarios, and cover-ups really do happen in Hollywood. It had us thinking and picturing different actresses and discussing who we felt was similar to Evelyn and who she reminded of us and would go to the lengths that Evelyn did to stay in the limelight.All of our Traveling Sisters Group Read Reviews can be found on Norma’s and my sister blog:http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...
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