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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid- Review

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review by Sidra Javed

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I’ ve been seeing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in various book clubs. Initially I was of the impression that a bollywood movie I watched years ago (and didn’t like at all). It was based on this book, but it turned out it’s not. However, this book is loosely based in part on actress Elizabeth Taylor. She was married 8 times to actress Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist. Mostly this book is a piece of fiction.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a story about an iconic star of Hollywood Evelyn Hugo who had a splendid acting career. But now she’s living a reclusive life. Now at 79 she decides to tell her story to a lesser known magazine reporter Monique Grant. Why she chose this reporter is a question both Monique and readers ask themselves. A reader gets the answer as the story goes on. Evelyn’s character is difficult to like. She accepts openly how ruthless she has been in her passion and ambition. She used herself and people around her to get what she wanted. So she manipulated, made relationships to get benefits and selfishly carried on her own agendas.


But, at the same time she made a lot of sacrifices. She too was betrayed and taken for granted. Having gone through all this she has no regrets as she found sincere friends and unexpected love along the way. She accepts her reality and the demands of this profession. She has no qualms about what she had to do to get here. Evelyn gives out valuable life lessons in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, on people, friendships, relationships throughout her story. These lessons helped Monique to straighten out her life. At the end you have bittersweet feelings for Evelyn as a person. But that adds to her charisma she is a true star.


The writing style of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is very engaging. While reading you will feel being a part of this happening world of lights camera action. The glitz and glamour of premiers, the buzz of theatres, the applause, parties, scandals and controversies. Then when you close the book, it’s silent all around.
It’s so well written that I had to google if it’s a true story. Taylor really makes it alive on paper. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a good read indeed. I recommend it.

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About Sidra Javed

Sidra Javed is a home maker yet reading enthusiast. She loves reading different genres and likes to share her views with others, hoping this will inspire others to take up reading books. On the contrary she's interested in Calligraphy and Art too. She loves adding creativity and delicacy in food.

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