The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed

“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” —PopSugar

In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501139246
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 3,448
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. To learn more, visit

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Best book I've read in a long time and I read constantly. Couldn't put it down. I've only given 5 stars to 6 books I've read and I have read hundreds of books on every genre. I will continue to read this author and pass it on to my mom. She deserves a great book too.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I hardly ever take the time to write reviews because I'm always so anxious to move onto my next book. But this book I found to be nothing short of utterly fantastic! It was surprising and totally unpredictable . Every day I simply couldn't wait to get back to it, and I found myself wishing I had more time to read it. I cannot recommend it enough.
Anonymous 5 days ago
This book took some time to get into. Not my favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid novel but still worth reading.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I could not put this book down! It was so different from anything I have read lately and I really enjoyed it. It made me think!
Kaits_Bookshelf 6 months ago
Great Read Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood Evelyn’s story takes place over several decades and falls into one of my favorite genres of books – the golden age of Hollywood. I love reading stories set in Hollywood from the ‘30s – ‘60s. It is difficult to write about this book without giving away any spoilers. I want others to read this book and be just as surprised as I was when secret after secret is revealed, and with seven marriages against a scandalous Hollywood backdrop, there were plenty of secrets! I will say that this story tackles real issues of our time and the struggle of those who are just as human as the rest of us being forced to lie about themselves and hide who they really are. There was a good twist to the ending of the story, although I had my suspicions about halfway through the book so it wasn’t a shocker. But still a good twist nonetheless. I found myself immersed in Evelyn’s world, and I didn’t want to leave. If you enjoy this genre, you should give this book a try! Read Full Review at:
bribookishconfessions 7 months ago
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. This book is everything. I sobbed for a good 30 minutes for the last 10-15% of the book. This book was nothing like I expected it to be and it was everything I expected in a TJR book. This book was so much more than the seven husbands in her life and the romance, it was about her life and the struggles she went through. And let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy life for her. You never know what route TJR will take with her stories. She always takes you by surprise and usually always leaves you hanging and wondering what is going to happen next. I would classify this more as woman’s lit and not romance. I’m not one to read that genre, but since last night I have been SWEARING up and down by this book trying to get other friends to read it. (and failing miserably). I just want to tell them what happens so they will understand how much I loved this book. But I don’t want to spoil anything for them because it’ll just ruin the entire story. But how exactly do you push people to read this amazing book!? That is the question because I know a lot of people will adore this book like I did. Some may not like it and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s still an amazing story from a VERY talented writer! This is now my 3rd time reading one of her books and I’m still swearing by her books. Though, now this one takes the cake of the other 2 and is now one of my favorite books probably of all time. The other 2 books I’m referencing to is Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves. This book is so beautiful, so real, and very emotional. I cannot stress how much I need people to read this because this is just one of those everyone needs to read and you will see after reading. Promise.
MMFinck 8 months ago
Absolutely flawless. Ambitious! Sexy. Beautiful depictions of love. Fascinating portrayal of contrition and lack thereof. I read it at breakneck speed because I couldn't stop reading it. I woke up at 4am. Instead of falling back asleep, I read more. I've read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid's books. This one is still "her" but also new. I loved, loved, loved it. Highly recommend.
Tiff_MostlyYALit 8 months ago
Most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are about love – romantic and otherwise. They feature contemporary characters, people who might be your best friend or your sister or your uncle. They’re people you could be friends with, or friendly with, and good people you unquestioningly feel for. This one is different. While it still includes TJR’s trademark wisdom, directness, and honesty, the characters and themes make this book stand out from the rest of her oeuvre. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about an unapologetically strong, fierce, feminist of a main character. Someone who could be deemed unlikeable, someone definitely not shy, polite, or ready to just take things as they are. Let me backtrack. As the synopsis indicates, writer Monique Grant is unexpectedly given the opportunity to write the tell-all memoir of Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo. It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Monique’s not sure why it’s her chance. Still, the offer is too good to turn down. The novel alternates between scenes of Monique interviewing Evelyn and Monique’s own emotional history, but largely looks at Evelyn’s life, upbringing, and eventual stardom with her husbands as benchmarks. You’ll quickly realize is that as much emphasis as the title (and in some ways, the world of the novel) places on Evelyn’s marriages, it’s not about the husbands at all. It’s about Evelyn – her desperation in poverty, her recognition of her own beauty and sexuality, and her understanding of how to use those gifts to her advantage. What TJR has done with Evelyn Hugo is present a character who is unabashedly strong. There is no one like Evelyn Hugo in any of her previous books. No one who could be seen as both hero and villain, and no one as publicly vilified and vindicated at every turn. Every action that Evelyn makes throughout the novel has subtext. It’s these layers that make her such an extraordinary character. For someone who has read almost all of TJR’s work, it’s a surprise. It feels a little jarring at first, because you’re not going to love these characters like your friends. And yet, it’s a departure that is completely understandable given the state of politics in the US. Add to that the fact that Taylor just had a daughter, and the dedication of the book makes perfect sense. TJR tells her daughter to “smash the patriarchy.” To me, there’s no doubt that Taylor did that with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. To say more about the plot would rob you of some of the surprises – and you need them. In fact, to me, the only part of this book that kept me from absolutely loving it was that the plot occasionally felt a little predictable. It’s like when you watch any kind of biopic of a performer – there are always moments that you can see coming, but you know they have to happen, even if it is a little cliche. In Evelyn Hugo, that felt especially true at the end. The good thing is that despite the occasional predictability, and the fact that this book is a complete departure for TJR, it’s still a TJR book. It still has Taylor’s amazing secondary characters, incredible friendships, and moments of wisdom that make you nod and cry and highlight.
Lisa-LostInLiterature 8 months ago
I have to admit, I only glanced at the synopsis before deciding I wanted to read this story. When it comes to Taylor Jenkins Reid, no matter what the story is about, I’m reading it. So I went into this story almost completely blind. And let me tell you, it was such a great decision because I had no idea what I was in for. Monique is a struggling magazine writer when Evelyn Hugo chooses her, and only her, to write her autobiography. Evelyn Hugo is a very well-known 1950’s starlet, one of the biggest out there, and her story has never been told before. This is HUGE for Monique, and she’s unable to turn it down. Getting to be the one to FINALLY tell Evelyn’s story, including her secrets, is a chance of a lifetime. And the money that Evelyn is offering her is outrageous and unable to be turned down. So Monique and Evelyn begin meeting in Evelyn’s house, where she slowly and thoroughly tells her entire life story. The majority of this story is about Evelyn and her rags-to-rich life story. There are a few times when the story switches back to Monique’s current day life, but those instances are quite rare. It’s just enough to get to know Monique on a level that she’s no longer a stranger to us. We don’t get to know her like we know Evelyn, by any means, but we still feel for her and are curious why Monique is the only one who Evelyn will speak to about her life. Evelyn, on the other hand, we get to know VERY well. We learn things about how that we could never imagine. We love her. We hate her. She infuriates, disgusts, and even amazes us. She’s such an amazing character, and I loved the depth to which TJL introduced her to us. Evelyn felt like such a real starlet with a very realistic and true-to-life story to tell. I loved getting to go husband by husband, year by year, tragedy by tragedy. Evelyn’s life story was, simply put, incredible. The switching back and forth between Evelyn’s past and the current day were done flawlessly. I was never left confused or unsure what was going on. And I have to mention how addicting this story was. With romance, it’s usually more of a relaxing, yet entertaining read for me. But this one! WOW! I seriously could NOT put it down! All adulting went out the window when I was reading this book. It was amazing. Truly amazing. Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of those authors that I KNOW will impress me with every story. I’ve read all of her books except for one so far, and I’ve adored every single second of them. I can’t recommend her enough! I think this one just may be my favorite book of hers, and that says a lot since I believe I’ve rated every single one 5 stars! ♥ If you enjoy romance, women’s fiction, adult fiction, really any fiction, give Taylor Jenkins Reid a try. You won’t be disappointed by what this incredible writing genius can do with a story.
KateUnger 8 months ago
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. She has the gift of storytelling. All of her books contain artfully constructed webs of plot and tremendously likable characters. This book is pretty wonderful, although it skews a little more towards character development than plot. Evelyn Hugo has been the star of Hollywood for many generations, and she’s finally ready to share her story with the world – including the truth about her seven marriages. She selects Monique Grant seemingly out of nowhere. Through a series of meetings, Monique learns all the intricate details of Evelyn’s life, and the catch is that she has to write Evelyn’s biography or no one will. The book is written in chapters alternating between Evelyn’s tale, with one chapter per husband, and Evelyn and Monique’s interactions in between. What a life Evelyn had! Wow. Reid has strung together quite a tale in this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s shocking and wonderful and tragic all at the same time. It will not make you envious of Hollywood life. The characters are rich and well developed. My only complaint about this book is that I could have done without the Monique plot line. I think Evelyn’s story could have stood on its own. That being said, I still loved this book, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s not my favorite TJR book, but it’s still a mastery. It’s only because her other works are so amazing, that I even felt like I couldn’t give this book 5 stars. I needed to differentiate her books a little in my ratings.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 8 months ago
This is such a unique book. I don’t know that I have ever read a book like this before. When I picked it up I thought oh boy… here we go a woman who married 7 men. What kind of story could this be? Oh my, I was wrong. This is amazing. I could not read it fast enough. This is not just a romance, a love em and leave em story there is so much more. Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote a story set around a young girl from a poor family in the 1950’s heading to Hollywood to make it as an actress. The hoops she had to jump through, the people she had to be friends with, and the things she had to do to become an A+++ lister. There was scandal and love, friendship and fake friends, family and foes that all came together for the perfect story. The tie between Monique and Evelyn was interesting. I feel like Evelyn had secrets that I wasn’t sure she would be able to share yet Monique seemed to know what questions to ask, where to push, and when to back off while getting the story of her lifetime. I had no idea what would tie them together or how their lives intersected and was intrigued to find out. Taylor Jenkins Reid has once again written a book full of emotion. She is a must read author for me.