Wow! I picked up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid on Saturday morning, and didn’t climb out of my hole until Sunday night near midnight! Ahhh… that’s a slight exaggeration, I did a few other things like bathe, fix food, talk to my hubby, go to the theatre… but, omg, I was hooked!
Monique Grant is a thirty something aspiring writer who wonders why Evelyn Hugo has requested her, and only her, to write her biography. It’s a story of how at the age of 15 she married her first husband in order to runaway from her disappointing childhood. I realized pretty quickly that Evelyn used her ensuing marriages to not only gain acclaim and stardom, but also to protect a secret love that was seen as dark and dirty during the 50’s-80’s era.
Evelyn Hugo is a strong female, who will not be controlled by men or let anyone stand in her path to fame. I’m surprised I fell in love with her character since I was judgmental of her at the beginning. In fact, this book has several strong women in it who deal with messy issues in their lives and come out even more badass. Ultimately, Evelyn leads Monique to understand how strong she can be in her writing and career.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s structuring of the story is brilliant. She alternates between the past, with Evelyn’s relationships and rise to stardo, and present, with an 80 something Evelyn telling her story to Monique. In between we see snippets of magazine tabloids about Evelyn. It’s addictive, and will keep you turning pages.
I’d like to tell you more about the aspects of this story that really caused reflection for me, but I would be forced to reveal part of her secret, and you need to discover that on your own.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my new favorite authors. After reading her latest book, Daisy Jones and the Six, I knew I needed more of Reid in my life. The Seven Marriages of Evelyn Hugo did not disappoint, and I’ve now added the rest of her work to my ever-growing TBR list.