• Rachel Penate

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Updated: Apr 10




STARS

★★★★★/ 5 (Standard)

★★★★/ 5 (Mama Scale)

SUMMARY

Literary fiction about the cost of the glamour and heartbreak of Hollywood.


REVIEW

WHAT THE HECK TAYLOR JENKINS REID!?


I'm going to be very transparent: The morality of Evelyn was seriously cringe worthy for me. I struggled to read through some of the scenes just pining for her character and the bad choices she made. BUT, GOSH DARNIT TAYLOR this story is SO STINKING GOOD. You made me simultaneously hate Evelyn and want to give her a really big hug all at the same time!! (THAT is super impressive.)


With an expertly crafted plot and binge-worthy premise, Reid nailed it. She nailed the tooth-and-nail fight of fame, the emptiness of living a life that is a lie, and the complexity of the human spirit. While not everyone's life is as wild and tumultuous as Evelyn's (thank goodness), there is something to learn about the power of honesty and the peace that ensues in coming to grips with long-held secrets and long-stored pain. Wow Taylor. Just wow. This book is so special.


My biggest beef with this book is that Reid writes no kind straight male characters. Harry is lovely, probably my favorite character in all the book, but every single other male character Eleanor meets are jerks. I was really disappointed by this. I have so many amazing men in my life that it always makes me sad when books squash the male gender in this way. I get that it was Eleanor's MO to pick out the rotten ones, but throw me at least one line Reid? All the rest I disliked about this novel was simply a preference (see note about Evelyn's morality). And something that I can look beyond because Reid told an honest story. Life isn't as peachy keen as we hope it's going to be. But, the greater lessons that Reid beautifully weaved into this story were what won out for me. Evelyn was glamorous and flawed, but she was also real and deeply human.


Overall, a binge-worthy book (I kid you not, I finished in a day) with a hard to swallow but really honest premise.

RECOMMENDED?

YES! ABSOLUTELY to anyone willing to read a book a little bit outside of the box.


SENSITIVITY WARNINGS

Language, some explicit sexual content, death of a parent, death of a spouse.


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