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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,508,684 ratings  ·  160,290 reviews
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 now
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Atria Books
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Evelyn always leaves you hoping you’ll get just a little bit more. And she always denies you.”

This book was so, so, so GOOD!! I swear I was barely two pages in and already knew that I’d love it with all my heart! <3 There’s just something about that golden Hollywood era that captivated me right from the beginning and once Evelyn entered the scene I was a goner. I just loved the way her story was told!

We didn’t only get the interviews with Monique but also were able to read news articles about
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Elle (ellexamines)
This review contains a spoiler for a reveal around 100 pages into the novel. I knew this reveal going in and do not believe knowing this reveal hurts the reading experience.

I think a lot about the idea of love as something dangerous, as something that you have to fight for. And it's only recently that I've decided that's something that probably has to do with loving women. I have been very lucky, in growing up in liberal California and in the 2000s. But I received marriage rights in my country f
Miranda Reads
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Written Review 3.75 stars

Heartbreak is a loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.
Evelyn Hugo was the star of the century.

She dominated the big screen for more than four decades. Every man wanted her and every woman wanted to be her.

Emily May
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked 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, i
Apr 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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This right here. This is why I read. For the joy and privilege of coming across an exquisite story like this and being swept up in its magic.

Could The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo really be fiction, dreamt up entirely in Taylor Jenkins Reid's mind? Every moment felt so real, so tangible. When I reached the end, it was hard to let go, hard to return to a world where this was nothing more than a figment of the imagination.

Evelyn Hugo, revered Hollywood actress and icon, is finally ready to tell t
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best rereading choice for flashback Saturday is re-devouring my all time favorite TJR book!

Evelyn Hugo a. k. a. Evelyn Elena Herrera is one of the most portrayed characters, a daughter of Cuban immigrants, raised in poverty. She’s not only beautiful, alluring but there’s something different about her: her energy is vivid, radiating. She knows what she wants for her life and she’s competitive and determined enough how she may get it by leaving her life in Hell’s Kitchen and moving to Los Angeles
chan ☆
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Emma Giordano
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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: domestic abuse, death/grief, homophobia/biphobia, racism (view spoiler)

Adult fiction is not typically my cup of tea, especially a combination of historical fiction and contemporary with the amount of long flashback
At least I know why Evelyn recruited Monique, the worst journalist of the year, to write her biography. I thought asking astute questions was a part of interviewing a famous person. Apparently not.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a quintessential beach read. The prose is very readable, the plot soapy. You borrow the juiciest, gossipiest parts of Elizabeth Taylor's or
Marilyn Monroe's love lives - you get a cracktastick pulp read. It reminded me of the family sagas of the yore, kind of like Th
Worst Read of Decade, 2011-2020
Glucose Gluttony

As Abe Lincoln observed: "For those who like this kind of a book, it is just about the kind of a book they would like."

I repeatedly winced and rolled my eyes at such soppy, silly prose as implausible as:
“I loved you so much, that I thought you were the meaning of my life... I thought that people were put on Earth to find other people, and I was put on Earth to find you. To find you, and touch your skin, and smell your breath, and hear all your th
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not to be dramatic, but if there ever comes a point in time where the fate of the human civilisation is coming to an end and we need to create a time capsule to immortalise our posterity, this book better be in it. there has never been a more honest and enthralling book in the history of the world, ever.

i really dont even know where to begin. its books like this which confirm my belief that fiction will always be better than nonfiction, because it would be impossible to find a biography that co
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(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
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A spectacular book well deserving of 5 stars. All of the characters feel like real people: complex, nuanced, and painfully human. Not only is the story incredibly diverse despite its Old Hollywood setting, it also has the best bi representation I've ever seen. The journey through Evelyn Hugo's life is filled with trials and tribulations, love and loss, mistakes and redemption; all the while, Reid does a great job at making you feel all the emotions along the way. I left this book feeling reflect ...more
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
so unfortunate that i will pass away before i find a book that i love even half as much as this one
Victoria Schwab
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinary and surprising read. Absolutely adored this one.
I envy the people who'll be reading this for the first time. ...more
Bryce Rocks My Socks
celia the entire time: i could be a better boyfriend than him and him and him and him and him and him and him
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“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.”

This book is phenomenal. This book is spectacular. This book is outstanding. I have nothing negative to say about this book. It's a pure 5 star for me. I'm irrevocably astonished and astounded. I want to hug and kiss th
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
WOW I NEVER POSTED THIS. What a pleasant surprise! After dozens of unposted-unwritten reviews, finally an unposted-but-written one. Life is beautiful.

But first off (I can call this first off if I freaking want to!!!) I wanna say: DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT HISTORICAL FICTION CAN’T BE DIVERSE. Tell that anthropomorphized tennis ball they’re either uncreative or a secret bigot or a full-on dunce or ALL THREE. Because this book pulls it off with more than a tablespoon of grace, I’ll tell you th
Lisa of Troy
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book came in and knocked me off my feet.

Monique is working for Vivant, a media company, when she is requested to interview Evelyn Hugo, a very famous movie actress, who has refused to give interviews for years. Evelyn starts to reveal her story to Monique, that life isn't perfect, that people are more than just one thing, that relationships are complicated, the power of forgiveness and reinvention, the idea of family, loss, and accepting the choices of others.

This book had such depth
2nd read: june 2022 - physical
loved this even more this reread. this book is pure magic.

1st read: june 2018 - audiobook
worth all the hype 😭💕
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edit: The first time I read this one I was pretty excited to have a latino rep here (specifically from my country, El Salvador), but then, I realized that latino characters are stereotyped as secondary, and very flat, characters, are not well developed and their only function is to serve the main character. I'm talking about Luisa. The fact that immigrants are threated this way makes me sick. I loved Evelyn Hugo, but please, stop writing latino characters like this, or poc in general.

my b
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Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Christine Riccio
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a fabulous well crafted story! I'll be talking about it more in my stories I ate this month video going up tomorrow =) (Oct 9)
David Putnam
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. Absolutely LOVED it. This is a story of a powerful love between two women in a time when it was unacceptable. The author has a huge command of language and seamlessly shifts from first person present tense to first person past tense and even to second person. Amazing. I marveled at the writing craft, the storytelling. The language and the passion to communicate the love is mesmerizing. The main character Evelyn Hugo is a swirling whirlwin ...more
Kristin (KC)
*5+ Stars*

If I could recommend only one book for 2018, THIS would be it!

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO not only surpassed my already-lofty expectations, but knocked my proverbial socks off as it shot straight into the open arms of my favorites-shelf.

The spirit of this story mirrors its leading lady, Evelyn Hugo, in that it feels gigantic and larger~than~life. I wanted to devour this whole, yet savor it in tiny pieces so I could linger with these characters whom
I read Daisy Jones and the Six a couple of months ago. Usually I don’t read two books by the same author this close – mainly so I can spread out my enjoyment of their works. But, to be honest, when I put them both on hold, I didn’t realize they were the same author! Then, the holds come in when they come in . . . so, I have to read them whether I am ready or not. In this case I am definitely overwhelmed with Taylor Jenkins Reid goodness! Spoiled, even!

Both of these books have an interview/tell a
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid. ...more

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