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Book Thoughs: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Good read, but it never quite came alive for me


Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction
First published: 2017
Edition: Kindle e-book

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?


I had expected to love this, as so many other people seem to, but to me it was nothing more than a good read. I found I did not care enough about the story for it to really grab me.

I felt very similar about Daisy Jones & The Six. They are both about famous people, and their life stories. In part they both work, but neither of them really gave me that extra special feeling. They both left me just a little bit disappointed.

There were parts where I did really feel for Evelyn, and for Monique. Parts of the second half were emotional and I appreciated that, as up to then the story really had not done that much for me. I feel that in the second half it came alive a bit more.

Did I believe Evelyn Hugo as a famous actress from the golden age of Hollywood? Yes, I think I almost did. The author did well building her character and her life. I think there is just something about the writing that does not quite work for me. Even as I read about Evelyn’s life, I never felt I truly got to know her. It’s odd and I can’t quite explain, but she never became a flesh and blood person for me. Almost, but not quite.

I enjoyed the book well enough and I would recommend it as a good read. I just did not love it.

5 out of 7 stars

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