You know that book you keep seeing everywhere? Everyone seems to have read it? Everyone constantly talks about how good it is? And you haven’t read it?
That was Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to me. At first, I simply didn’t have time to read it, then I could find a copy anywhere… in the end I became very intimidated by it. I avoided reading it for such a long time because I was afraid I would be disappointed with it. As I started reading, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love. I was hooked on the third page. It actually took me by surprise.
If you’re completely out of the loop like I was, then let me tell you a little about this book.
The story follows a journalist named Monique who is hired to interview a movie star Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn is one of the most beautiful women ever, she is a big old Hollywood star and she is simply captivating. She is also, in her own words, awful.
“Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.”
As Evelyn tells her life story we find out everything about each of her seven husbands and how they impacted her life. Also… we find out something Evelyn has never told a soul – who the love of her life was. Now I won’t spoil you here, even though everyone must know the answer by now.
“You do not know how fast you have been running, how hard you have been working, how truly exhausted you are, until somewhat stands behind you and says, “It’s OK, you can fall down now. I’ll catch you.”
This story is told beautifully. The words flow so effortlessly, almost replicating the way Evelyn impacted other people around her. There was this specific type of charm the words carried. And if it were possible, the words would carry an expensive perfume.
“When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things.”
The characters are incredible. They have depth and they all feel real. I think the main reason for this is that the side characters didn’t feel like side characters. They all had their own storylines that were independent of Evelyn’s. They were their own protagonists even though this was a story of Evelyn Hugo. The fact that Taylor Jenkins Reid managed to pull this off is praiseworthy! Not many writers have the ability to create such wholesome characters. I am impressed! And to make me even more impressed, I have now realized that all the characters are flawed. Not flawed just to be flawed, but they all have real vices and real personality traits that are inarguably bad! This was the reason I disliked Celia at first, because I was appalled by her pettiness and slight gaslighting. But then, as I got to know her, I started liking her when I got to know her better.
Well… you’ll have to stop me, because I can spend a long time praising this book!
In a way I am thankful to have put off reading it for such a long time since I now feel like now was exactly the right time.
I have without a doubt fallen in love with Evelyn Hugo.
“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.”
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