The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo

English reading : english writing. To practice, I have decided to write my chronicles in english when I read an english book. Be aware it might not be perfect.

This month I tried audiobooks for the first time with this novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time because everybody on booktube was talking about it. About how it was amazing and heart breaking. But living in France, it was complicated to get a physical copy. So I decided to pick it up on audible. I found my first experience with an audiobook quite interesting. It was immersive, the women reading it were really great. But what is the book about ?

Summary

The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a contemporary novel about a former Hollywood star who wants to reveal the truth about her life. Particularly the truth about her seven husbands and who was her one true love. The story follows Monique, a journalist who end up hired by Evelyn herself to write her biography. The story of Evelyn is therefore mixed with Monique’s and there is an alternation between present time and past time.

My opinion

The plot

On one hand we follow Monique, an insecure journalist just left by her husband. She can’t believe she has been hired by Evelyn Hugo to do an interview. She works for a famous journal but she is quite invisible. The only memorable thing she wrote was a paper on the right to live or die.

On the other hand we follow the famous and beautiful Evelyn Hugo who wants Monique and just her to write her biography. We soon suspect that this requirement is hiding something. The majority of the novel is the story Evelyn relates to Monique. We follow all the life of Evelyn, from no one to one of the most famous actress of her time. What she did to become an icon but mostly her love life as a bisexual woman.

It was an interesting story, quite original, but for me it was way to dramatic and cliché. It might be because romances are not the type of books I love but I found most of the book predictable and it kind of bored me at some point. I finished the book without caring much about Evelyn Hugo and her lovers anymore.

The writing

I found the fact that it was writen as a sort of interview really great. I don’t have much to say about the writing, it was nice and fluid, easy to follow and immersive. I was not as touched as I expected to be. It was well writen but I’ve never wanted to cry so I guess the emotions did not reach me.

The characters

This is the type of books where the characters make all the story. They are supposed to be likeable and touching. I admit that I did not care for them as much as I expected. Evelyn is an interesting character because she is complex and both nice and despicable. She is ready to do everything to become famous and forget about her past. The parts where she was manipulative were fascinating. But when it came to her many romances, I quickly lost interest. I did not like Celia much. Her friendship with Harry was more interesting to follow.

Rating

This book was not bad and I am sure it can please a lot of people but it was not made for me and this is why I give it a 14/20. I enjoyed it at the moment, it was nice to listen but it was not memorable. Did you ever start a book beeing sure you would be loving it and finished disappointed?

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