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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  7,604 Ratings  ·  1,465 Reviews
A Glamour Most Anticipated Book of 2017

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
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Washington Square Press
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Emily May
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, botm, 2017
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
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
This 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
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

“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.”


Bentley ★
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When 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
Rachel Reads Ravenously

5 stars!

“I want them to know the real story. The real me.”
“All right. Show me the real you, then. And I’ll make sure the world understands.”

Evelyn Hugo is an iconic aging actress, famous for her work in the movie industry but also famous for having been married seven times to seven men. Monique Grant is a writer for a magazine, but has been in a bit of a career rut as of lately. On top of that she’s getting divorced, so she jumps on the opportunity to in
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I have no words, I'm speechless.For one more time Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers an emotional and unique story.This story is unforgettable and unlike anything I have read so far!I have read almost all of her books and I can tell you that this one is so different ,yet so fantastic.

Evelyn is a very interesting character, and I was surprised
by the direction that the story has gone.So I believe that you should go blind with this one.This way you are going to enjoy it even more!

This book? It's really great.

I got a hell of a lot more than I bargained for.

Not sure what the rating is - between 4 and 5 - but MAN I'm hype to write this review
Iris P

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Mesmerizing and poignant yet deliciously wicked. In other words, the perfect Summer read. Full review to follow.
Megan Johnson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, botm-club
To be totally honest with you, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book - I just really loved the cover and every time I saw someone recommend it I kept thinking "I'm gonna read that because of that cover." Fast forward to now, and maybe I should start reading beautifully-covered books more often!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is exactly what it sounds like...okay, maybe not EXACTLY but for the most part it's Evelyn Hugo discussing her 7 (yes, 7) marriages. If that sounds like a lot, you'

HUGE THANK YOU to Atria Books for sending me an ARC.
I can honestly say I've never read a book like this before. This story is so incredibly unique and original and heart breaking and beautiful. Taylor Jenkins Reid has been one of my favorite authors recently, and this book is even better than I imagined it would be. This is unlike any of her other books, and unlike anything I've even read. I loved reading about the scandal and craziness of
I've been putting this review off for a few weeks now and I'm still uncertain about how to approach it. Because unlike most people, I did not love this book. Nor did I hate it either, though. My feelings lay somewhere in between and that's a hard place to sit. What's most surprising to me is that there is a TJR book that I'm not head over heels in love with!

The story started off intriguing enough...Monique Grant, writer who hasn't quite made a name for herself yet, gains the opportunity of a li
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2017
Here's a well done late summer vacation read- this is a very entertaining and absorbing story full of old school Hollywood glamour. A reclusive screen siren in her late seventies, Evelyn Hugo, summons an unknown junior writer at Vivant magazine, Monique Grant, to write her biography. It is made clear from the start that Evelyn has some ulterior motive for selecting Monique and part of the fun is trying to puzzle that out (it won't be exactly what you think it is). The real story, though, is Evel ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
First off, thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid in exchange for my honest review. This was my very first TJR ever. I know, insane...right? Trust me, when I say, I understand the appeal now. I am above all, a lover of words. I am a reader, a writer... and I talk, a lot, obviously!

I had been going through more than a bit of a dry spell. 6 months... roughly, 60- 65 books, without a 5 star read, before this bit of amazing, hit
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. 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.

Cindy (Thoughts From a Page) Burnett
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a fun read that kept me entertained until the end. Since I knew a twist was coming based on reviews I read ahead of time, I figured it out long before the end but that didn’t take away from the tale in the slightest. I loved all of the Hollywood stories and the manner in which Evelyn’s story unfolded. The book was not at all what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed reading it and was glad I did.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Perfect vacation or beach read, well-paced, about a Hollywood star confronting the truths of her life as she dictates it to a biographer. It asks questions about marriage and friendship and what you sacrifice for goals or love. The rest of it is better discovered by the reader.

Thanks to the publisher for approving my request through NetGalley.
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
I've read one other book of Taylor Jenkins Reid and I loved it just as much as this. Her writing is absolutely worthy of praise. She brings characters to life. Forms and moulds them into realistic characters that you want to befriend and even root for. Namely Evelyn Hugo, with the looks and figure of Marilyn Monroe with the mysterious life of Elizabeth Taylor, this is the character I imagined her to be. But her honest and in depth life was portrayed so beautifully, I couldn't help but cry by the ...more
Mercedes Fassero

I’ve been a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid since I read “Maybe in Another Life” so to say that I could not wait to get my hands on this book is the understatement of the year. Armed with nothing but the synopsis (Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life…) I dove right in and it was pure magic.
This is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and it’s unlike anything I’ve read by TJR and I truly believe sh
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Can we start by taking a moment of silence to appreciate the beauty of that absolutely stunning cover?! It’s breathtakingly gorgeous and it’s even more so in person. This book was different than what I had expected, I assumed it would be a campy, lighthearted read where an aging movie star detailed her life. It actually had way more depth and heart than that, it explored some substantial themes including sexism, racism and sexuality especially
Marilyn C.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 Stars
Vilma Iris
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 stars]

With The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a fascinating glimpse into the illustrious life of an aging starlet.

At 79 years old, Hollywood darling Evelyn Hugo has lost everyone she’s loved including all seven of her husbands. With nothing to lose, Evelyn hires rookie journalist Monique Grant to write a tell-all memoir of her life, to be published posthumously. Finally, Hugo is spilling her confessions onto the page—who she loved the most, why she married so ma
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, arc, read-2017
Honestly, this was my second attempt at reading this book. I received a copy awhile ago, and when I first picked it up, I couldn't get into it. It didn't feel like the kind of story I'm used to reading by TJR.
Because it's NOT like her previous books. It was unique and absolutely fantastic. And kudos to her for the bravery to write something different. I'm so glad I gave it another chance. It wasn't anything like I expected, but I still loved every word. In true TJR fashion, her writing is beaut
Alissa (Lil' Miss Liss)  Haley
I honestly don't even know what to write for this review, so it's going to be short and a total mess. I'd give this book six stars if Goodreads allowed it! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is definitely going to be my favourite 2017 read. Old Hollywood, diverse characters, and someone spilling ALL THE SECRETS! What more could you want?

What initially drew me to this book was the Old Hollywood setting. After reading, I have to say that this book must have been at the very least loosely inspired
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2017
5 STARS read in a day, it's that good. And the ending.. WOW I didn't see that coming!
Kindling Micky
This book has blown me away from start to finish. More than that, from about 30%, this book moved me deeply with not only the 'forbidden love' element but the deep connections between friends, lovers and progeny.

Monique and Evelyn narrate this story, Monique as the writer who will document the truth of Evelyn's life as shes about to hit her 70s and Evelyn, as she is finally able to be real to the world about who she is. On the one hand, the backdrop of 1950's Hollywood onwards is compelling but
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
I had read my first Taylor Jenkins Reid novel earlier this year and immediately fell in love with her narrative style. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Reid’s latest release, as I was scrolling through Netgalley. Now that I have finished this novel, I must say, I was completely blown away by Reid’s writing ability in this novel. Beautiful, bittersweet and deliciously decadent in her prose, I could not put this one down.

The novel opens with magazin
To be completely honest, going into this, I expected run-of-the-mill chick lit, which, don't get me wrong, I love most of the time, but I just kept thinking, "What makes this book so special that it's garnering all this attention?"

Let's just say that shortly into this, I realized what all the hype was about and found myself wrapped up in the glamorous, tragic, complicated, and, most of all, human life of Evelyn Hugo. I'm not one to recap plots in great detail because there are so many reviewers
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
I fell in love with Taylor Jenkins Reid's book when I was granted a copy of Maybe in Another Life as one of my first ARCs ever. I read it in a day and it was my favorite book of the year. I have read two more of her books since and loved both. I am holding onto one because I need to know there is one left when I need a TJR book in my life. I was so excited for her latest book before I even knew what it was about because well it was written by her. Well, this one was definitely a bit diff
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a scandalous yet poignant read from one of the best authors I have ever come across. Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a classic with this one and there is no way that I will soon forget it. I became utterly engrossed in the life of Evelyn Hugo- the good, the bad, the dirty, and the wrong. I even found myself shedding a few tears in the end because of how her life turned out. Gah! The feels! It made me break
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @tjenkinsreid.
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“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.” 14 likes
“Evelyn looks at me with purpose. "Do you understand what I'm telling you? 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. If you learn one thing from me, it should probably be that.” 7 likes
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