The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Review

8 Jun 2019

Last month Amy, Rachael and I shared our new e-reader book club, The Literary Adventure, and the title of the book we'd be reading throughout May; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I think it's safe to say we all enjoyed this months book and were excited to see a few of you joining in on social media. Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on the first book club read, as well as sharing the book we are reading throughout June. 

Trigger Warning: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo includes stories around homophobia, domestic violence, racism, loss and grief.  

A picture of an e-reader review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo isn't a book which would have drawn me in on title alone. Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this story focuses on a legendary American actress, Evelyn Hugo, detailing her life history, including all the long-held secrets and stories of love and war. Evelyn has especially chosen an unknown magazine reporter, Monique Grant, to be the one she shares all her secrets with. Monique, facing difficult situations in her own personal life and feeling lost in her career, has no idea why Evelyn has choosen her, but knows the opportunity to share Evelyn Hugo's life story is set to boost her career. 

When I first started The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I have to admit I didn't imagine it comparing to many of my favourite reads. Celebrities have never been of much interest to me and so I felt the story wouldn't quite captivate me. I was wrong, because this story envoked emotions throughout and it's certainly put Taylor Jenkins Reid on my radar, so much so I'll be searching out a couple of more reads from her.

The writing is really quite wonderful, with each chapter focusing on an individual husband and their story with Evelyn and her life at that time, you really feel like you're being emersed into the story. Several times I almost forgot Monique entirely; not in a negative way to say her character was less than, but because Evelyn becomes so real and believable as a character. The snippets which bring the story back to the present day follow Monique's life outside of her time with Evelyn and have a real defined feel and it works very well to keep Evelyn and Monique individual and seperate. I think this has been very cleverly done, to keep you guessing right to the very end; why was Evelyn so insistent Monique be the one she share her story with?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has subtle twists and turns that completely change the course of the story at several points and yet it works, seamlessly. Taylor Jenkins Reid does a fantastic job of really pulling you into the story, all whilst tackling real issues that didn't just exist in 1950's Hollywood, but still exist today. 

If you read along with us in May, I'd really love to hear your thoughts on The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and if you've yet to read it, I hope my review will have tempted you to pop it on your to be read pile!

The Literary Adventure - June Title

This month we'll be reading a book I was really excited to get started, The Rumour by Lesley  Kara. The Rumour has been a book I have seen recommended a lot over the past few months and is currently available to download on e-readers from Amazon for £1.99. If you fancy joining us this month and will be giving The Rumour a read, make sure to let us know and update us on your progress with #TheLiteraryAdventure across social media.