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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Taylor Jenkins Reid

“It’s always been fascinating to me how things can be simultaneously true and false, how people can be good and bad all in one, how someone can love you in a way that is beautifully selfless while serving themselves ruthlessly.”

Plot Overview

79-year-old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo finally decides to share the story of her life. And she reaches out to an unknown journalist, Monique Grant, to write her biography.

Dismayed but still grabbing the opportunity, Monique listens to the fascinating life story of Evelyn. But as Evelyn’s story draws its conclusion, she finds out why she was chosen to write this biography.

My Experience

I have seen this book floating around a lot in the bookish community. And to my surprise, everyone has said only good things about this book. But still, I was skeptical to pick this one. I was prejudiced to believe that it will be just a literary version of some glamourous Hollywood story that we see getting covered by paparazzi. But again oh boy, I was proven wrong.

Yes, there is glamour. Yes, there is drama. But there is also a beautiful love story. There is also an eternal fight between human ambitions and emotional connections. There is also the pain one receives from homophobia. There is also the price one pays for fame. There is also a woman trying to make it in the world on her own without any means.

Yes, the girl does not make the right decisions all the time. But she never claimed to be portrayed as a moral person. She tried to do what she thinks is the best at that time. But don’t we all do the same? We all try to maximize our decisions to the best of our cognitive abilities. So, who are we to judge others on their life choices.

But with the withering age, Evelyn realizes what matters most in her life. This is her journey and going through her journey along with Monique was an enthralling experience. I wasn’t expecting that I will feel so many emotions while reading this book. The pain that one person goes through to hide their sexuality made me both sad and angry at the same time.


It’s a beautiful story and very well written. I have listened to this book and the audio production of this book was also superb. I will definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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