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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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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
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Washington Square Press (first published June 13th 2017)
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Melanie


“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, and Elyse were all right, and I’m so happy I listened to
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chai ♡
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
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Elle (ellexamines)
reread review: absolutely as good. this book had such a profound impact on me and still does.

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 four months after realizing I liked girls, and in reading about the past and thin
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Miranda Reads
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Now that you know this one made the list check the video review to see the rest (and find the stolen surprise)!
The Written Review 3.75 stars
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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.

Perhaps
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Emily May
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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chan ☆
this didn't work for me, but i get how it could work for others

there's something so glamorous and sad about the golden age of film. throw in a cuban bisexual main character who has to hide her identities and it's a sure fire way to get people intrigued. and i was, throughout the entirety of the book. this book did not lack in keeping my interest.

but there were too many things i had issue with. and if i hadn't read all but one of TJR's previous works i might have been able to overlook it. but onc
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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
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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
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noelle
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5!!!! Thank you to everyone who read along with us for the first month of our bookclub!! See you next month for The Secret History!! 💞💛

I’m going to wait to give my rating so that you can all find out ✨🌙 LIVE 🌙✨ THIS SATURDAY 9/26 @ 11AM PST on my channel!! So happy I got to read this for the first month of The Late Night Bookclub — hope to see everyone on the livestream this Saturday! (On my channel) (yes I will record it for those who can’t make it this Saturday)
Victoria Schwab
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an extraordinary and surprising read. Absolutely adored this one.
Cindy
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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”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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jessica
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
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Maria
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2020-books
I HAVE FINISHED AND I AM JUST—

Reading vlog here: youtube.com/watch?v=reypJwEKmPQ&t=8s

4 STARS
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Christine Riccio
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)
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Kristin (KC)
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*5+ Stars*

Brilliant!
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
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Matthew
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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Caz (littlebookowl)
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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She-who-must-not-be-named  (exams)
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amy ☂︎
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favs, lgbtq-rep
so unfortunate that i will pass away before i find a book that i love even half as much as this one
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Fanfreakingtastic!! The audio was awesome too!




Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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David Putnam
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Elyse  Walters
Update: $2.99 Kindle special today. This book is TERRIFIC. Men- women - most readers will love it.
Great price if you’ve missed it!


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,
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Perry
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst Read of Decade, 2011-2020
Glucose Gluttony

To paraphrase a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln: "For those who like this kind of a book, it is just about the kind of a book they would like." A significant failure in my personal vetting process.

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
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Samantha
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars but I very well may move it to a 5. This book was surprising, not in a “twist” way but in how so much of it resonated with me. I saw a lot of the “twists” coming but I believe that is entirely the point. It’s not about the twists, it’s about the journey and that is a marker for a great story imo. I desperately hope this gets made into a beautiful film.
Warda
This has been one of the most well-developed, character driven stories that I’ve read. It’s the type that’ll leave a mark and I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience.
Throughout the course of this book, I became enamoured with Evelyn Hugo. She isn’t likeable, but I fell in love her. The whole story felt real. As if I could google one of her movies, and I’d be able to start watching it right away. I was dazzled by her beauty, her bravado. I fell in love with her personality, her ugliness and f
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Riley
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
emma
was tempted to spend my whole day watching old movies and not reading at all.

compromised by rereading this instead.

this was a very good plan.

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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 eit
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid. ...more

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