The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo was written by Taylor Jenkins Reid who is also the author of the widely successful Daisy Jones And The Six. The Seven Husbands Of Evenlyn Hugo was published in 2017 by Atria Publishing Group and has received many prestigious award nominations, such as the Goodreads Book Choice Awards and an overwhelmingly positive reception.
Synopsis: Monique Grant is a humble journalist who is shocked to learn that the iconic Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo has requested her specifically to write her autobiography, where she finally intends to reveal to the world the truth about her seven marriages and more crucially, her true love. But little does Monique know that her ordinary life and that of this most acclaimed star will cross in the most tragic of ways.
This book was written with a classy film noir elegance that captured the veneer of Hollywood fame, perfectly epitomised in the characterisation of its captivating starlet. The writing was edgy and seamless and each story of Evelyn’s husbands was intriguing to read.
It had a very socially aware approach in the way it explores homosexuality during a time when there was still a lot of hostile opposition to such a sexuality. I think the societal relevance of this book was one of its main winning attributes given the representation of the LGBTQ+ community, which is something I really loved reading and would love to see a lot more of in the book industry.
I did get the impression that the dogmatic bits took away from the story but not so much that I wasn’t able to fully enjoy this book. There was also constant build-up throughout, creating a sense of expectation for a shocking and dramatic plot twist. I felt like the ending did deliver on that jaw-dropping ending but could have used less build-up to make for something slightly less anti-climatic. In short, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo was enticing, socially aware and timeless and definitely worth recommending.
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