Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Ever wanted to step into the glamorous Hollywood of the 1960s or ’70s? Then this is the novel to read. In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Evelyn is ready to tell the world about her life. She does so to Monique Grant, a relatively unknown reporter at Vivant. Throughout this process, Monique finds that Evelyn’s life and her own intersect. This novel continues Reid’s style of writing which she also used in Daisy Jones & the Six. While novels like these may not be everyone’s piece of cake, Reid deserves praise for her talent in creating gripping stories full of twists.
Reid has a talent for creating a story that seems so real, you’d expect to google Evelyn Hugo and get results on her acting career. This, however, is not the case. Evelyn Hugo is an ambitious character, who might, at some points, even let her ambition distract her from the rest of her life. Evelyn, as well as other characters, really feel human as they are all flawed.
What makes the novel even more realistic is the newspaper snippets that show how the outside world looks at Evelyn Hugo. Again, Reid knows how to twist stories, so they look different from different perspectives. The various writing techniques make Reid’s writing more diverse, but they also set the story in the real world.
Though cleverly written, the novel is quite sensational, with a lot happening and everything is written out for you. The novel contains a lot of twists. Additionally, this is a novel where the reader can form their own opinions on what’s happening, but the story is set out clearly and there is not much more to it except for the plot twists. While this makes for an easy read, it does create a pattern. Because of these reasons, the novel might not be it for you. As you’re either looking for a more challenging read, or the story might seem a tad incredible.
This might just be what you’re looking for, or it might be something else entirely. For me, however, novels like these are great to get me out of a reading slump. With The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid created another entertaining novel that will keep you reading.