book review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis from goodreads.com

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 now …more

My Thoughts

A toast to the unapologetic bad-ass that is Evelyn Hugo. This exactly why I liked and her and disliked her at the same time, her unapologetic-ness. Which is what I think the author intended to do. I think the message is that sometimes life isn’t just black and white. You can literally feel that tension at the end of the book with Monique.

When I saw the title and cover of the book, I thought it was going to be about a woman who was engaged in polyandry, and I was bracing myself for toxic bachelorette episode. (for those not familiar, the bachelorette is a t.v show where a woman gets 25-30 men to choose from to be a husband.) But I was pleasantly surprised by the story lines. 

Can we talk about how the failure of marriage always fall on women? How quickly we are to blame a woman for not sustaining the marriage, and even if the fault was of the man, we refuse to hold him accountable? Can we talk about that? Also how about how Hollywood is so quick to dispose of women who age and how women are made to appear that the only thing they have working for them is their sexuality? I liked how the author although exposing patriarchy in Hollywood, in conjunction gave Evelyn a voice and authority over her own body. Evelyn knew what was expected of her and used it to her advantage with no remorse. Using her boobs and beauty as entrance point, she showed Hollywood that she was a talented actress. 

What actually “took me out” was when Evelyn shared her connection with Monique and her reason for choosing her to write her epic story. That ending actually broke my heart for Monique. At the time, I couldn’t believe the woman I loved throughout the book and felt like I understood could be this cold and do something so heartless. Then proceed to say that she had no regrets. Again, I think that is what the author was driving at, that, we as human beings are not just one thing. There are awful and beautiful bits to us. 

a brief second to talk about regret. I am not comfortable with people who live by this no regrets attitude. They claim it is because they learned a lesson. I feel like you can learn a lesson and still regret your uncalled-for action. 

The book wasn’t about the 7 husbands at all but about Evelyn. A woman who loved woman, a woman who did some awful things but also kind and brave things, a woman who tired of others telling her story, a woman who finally stopped hiding and allowed people to see HER. 

I think this a really good summer read. I’ll give it a 3/5

Have you read this book? what did you think?

 

 

 

 

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