Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Borrowed

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.

When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Last year, I read Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved it, but Evelyn Hugo had gotten so much hype that I was too scared to read it. Well, enter the Great Reading Slump of 2020 and I figured I didn’t have much to lose. Nothing was holding my interest anyway, so if I hated it, that would obviously be why.

Well, let me just say… this held my interest. Evelyn was an absolutely fascinating character, and I found her life story so interesting. I liked that she never claimed to be a good person and never tried to excuse the bad things she’d done. She fully owned every decision and every mistake and I aspire to someday be that self-assured.

As with Daisy Jones, Evelyn Hugo is told mostly through a series of interviews. I love this style of storytelling and Reid is so good at it. This book spanned several decades (and seven husbands) and I felt like I was right there with Evelyn through all of it.

And that twist at the end? I did not see that coming.

I’m not sure which of Reid’s other books I should read next, but I’m definitely not stopping here.

Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? Is it on your TBR?
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018 but… didn’t

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to. There are probably 500 books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to, but here are some of the books that I really, really, sincerely thought I’d read that are at the top of my list for 2019.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

I will admit that the only reason I didn’t read this in 2018 was its intimidating size. I almost picked it up more than once, but my copy is 1,000 pages! I promise I’ll read it soon.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

I didn’t read this in 2018 because I was too nervous! This was one of my most highly anticipated sequels last year and I was so worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I’m going to get over myself and read it this year, though.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

This is another one that I was anticipating too much! I’m still nervous that I won’t love it as much as I loved My Lady Jane, but I’m ready to finally read it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m not even sure why I didn’t get around to this one last year! I checked it out from the library a couple times, but ran out of time before I could read it. I eventually just bought it, so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

All year, I told myself I was definitely going to read this book. All year, I didn’t. I even saw the author speak at an event! This book is supposed to be so good!

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

I’ve put this book on multiple TBR lists and hopefully this time will do the trick. I’ve owned this book for what seems like forever and I really need to stop saying that I’m going to read it and get around to actually reading it.

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

I initially planned to read this over the summer, and then I said to myself, “Hey, Sara, wouldn’t it make more sense to read this spooky book around Halloween?” But do you think I read it around Halloween? Of course not.

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

I own TWO COPIES of this book, but do you think I read it in 2018?

November Road by Lou Berney

First I told myself that I was going to read all of my BookCon ARCs by the end of the summer. Then I told myself I’d read them by the end of the year. Now I’m telling myself I’ll read them by this year’s BookCon. Maybe I need to stop talking to myself about when I’m going to read books and actually just read them.

A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell

This was another BookCon ARC that I really fully intended to read last year and didn’t! I’m getting more excited about this one as time goes on and I’m really hoping to read it soon.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? Which one should I tackle first? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update






  • I am very slowly working through my backlog of tags, so if you like tags and I don’t usually tag you, please let me know!
  • I’m out of town right now, so I tried something new this week and scheduled my Weekly Update way in advance! Hopefully things aren’t going to change too much between Thursday and Saturday. 🙂


  • I’m a little late on this, but Siobhan asked what we should do when authors go on the attack.
  • Shruti called for an end to the idea of a “guilty pleasure.”
  • Shruti also made a list of five essential things your book blog should have.
  • Raya talked about ten books she wants to read but probably won’t, and wow, I could relate.
  • Aurora shared ten quick reads to help you beat your reading challenge.
  • Krisha recommended ten books to pull you out of a reading slump. (I needed this post.)
  • Mandy discussed cleaning up her TBR and getting ready for 2019.


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