The novel you’ll want to read on vacation: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I’ve wanted to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ever since I saw that it was part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

I've wanted to read Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ever since I saw that it was part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge

Here’s the cover blurb:

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

I've wanted to read Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ever since I saw that it was part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.

My thoughts on The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is just the sort of dishy, Hollywood-inspired drama that makes for great summer reading. Evelyn Hugo feels like she could have been a real movie star, and her Elizabeth Taylor-esque list of husbands is just the start.

In the novel, two stories unfold at once as Monique interviews the movie legend and as Evelyn tells the story of her past. There’s plenty of Hollywood intrigue, which feels ripped from the headlines, but the real focus of the story is who was Evelyn Hugo’s great love. The revelation happens relatively early in the story, but I won’t ruin the surprise. However, it does take the story in a direction readers might not expect.

The ending is a bit predictable, or perhaps inevitable is the better word, but the book is definitely worth packing for your next vacation.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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