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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,262 Ratings


“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed

“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” —PopSugar

From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

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 near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.


  • Leaves me both at a loss for words and overflowing with thoughts

    By Ldub0302
    This novel has exceeded any expectation that I may have had prior to reading. I was deeply affected. on a very personal level, with regard to my sexuality and life in general. You see - I am fortunate in that, in this life, I found my ‘Celia,’ and I have the privilege of spending each and every day loving her. She was also my childhood best friend. Now, at the age of 40, this book provided a painfully realistic look into what day shall someday come to pass between us. It gutted me, to say the least. But - it also opened my eyes a little wider and commands my being present for life. All of it. Not just the good moments. Also the bad. Because once your person is gone, you would give anything to have back a couple of even the worst moments spent with them. There is so much more to this story, but what I wrote is simply how it touched me. It’s a beautifully written novel and entirely captivating from start to finish. I was sad for it to end, but at the same time it felt appropriately final. I loved it.
  • A must read

    By Kittyboquo
    I truly did not expect the twists and turns of the book and could not put it down. Each husband brought a different complexity. Absolutely loved this book
  • a masterpiece

    By mmahkm
    beautifully written. a book that i was not able to put down because each page was as well written as the previous one. just wonderful !!!
  • Amazing

    By Kazzie Dee
    This book has everything old Hollywood glitz and glam. However it shows the real issues a star would go through and it shows humanity. Almost to the point you think Evelyn Hugo is real. It a Evelyn Hugo in all of us, women trying to be bold and brazen.
  • Loved it!

    By mariecovitz
    This book had me from beginning to end. It delivered a raw reality of fame and life’s trade offs. Evelyn Hugo is the embodiment of a woman who is self aware of her power and her weakness. What beautifully written piece.
  • wow

    By Shutuphannah
  • I wish it didn’t end

    By Shellywneigh
    I fell in love with the characters, the storyline and even shed a few tears at the end. A story of love, loss and just how different things look from the outside looking in. Highly recommend!
  • The 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo

    By SueMassa
    I loved this book but, the ending left me with a lot of questions unanswered.
  • Truly Stunning

    By Meganvirginies
    I just finished this book and the ending... wow. Taylor Jenkins-Reid made a masterpiece. I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the characters, I laughed, I cried, I had the time of my life reading through these pages. Please read this book. It’s AMAZING.
  • Such a great book

    By Agagejdbshqi)gq1536
    I loved this book so much. I loved all the characters and especially the complexity of Evelyn. I found myself both loving and disliking her at the same time, but always wanting more from her. The love Evelyn has for her family brought me to tears so many times while reading this. This book did what a great book should do: it made me think and feel very deeply. It also made me laugh, cry, and hope for the characters. It’s one of those books that once you finish and have to put away, it genuinely makes you sad and wish there was more. The central love story is one that has you captivated throughout the book. The pure and undying love between Evelyn and her beloved was heartbreaking and so precious at the same time. I find myself wishing Evelyn Hugo was a real person so that I could go and watch her movies. The themes of life, love, fame, the truth, the pursuit of happiness, & death were all central to this story. All in all, I completely loved this book and I love Evelyn & Celia so much. I have already recommended it to my mom and a good friend :)