The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What an utterly emotional, heartbreaking, yet beautiful story! 

What was the book about?
Fame is the goal. Fame is what is going to change Evelyn Hugo’s life. Born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen with an abusive father and struggling with her mother’s death, Evelyn needs to find a way out. Hitching her wagon to a man heading to L.A. feels like the first move in her journey to stardom. So that’s one of the seven husbands that take Evelyn on the journey of life. 

The public only ever sees the seven men who have loved Evelyn Hugo and lost her. What they don’t know is that Evelyn’s greatest love is also the biggest secret of her life! 

This book is Evelyn’s truth, and it’s ugly, scary, and filled with some heartbreaking moments. But ultimately, it’s the story of how Evelyn met her soulmate and fell madly, deeply in love. 

Featured Tropes
Celebrity Romance, Bisexual MC, Historical, Coming out, Rach’s favourites

Book Strengths
I am emotionally exhausted. I wanted to give you a quick run-through of how this book made me feel because, as you all know, my emotions usually write my reviews for me. I finished reading The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo thirty five minutes ago, and I think this may be the quickest turnaround I have ever written a review, but I can’t keep my thoughts from spilling out of me. In fact, of those thirty-five minutes, my wife has been consoling me and my tears on and off for around twenty of them. 

Two of my friends both told me I had to read this book. The first was Sandy months ago, and I put it on my birthday list. Paperback received and put on my bookshelf for a rainy day. Haley then steps up to the plate and can’t believe I am letting this beautiful story sit and gather dust when it most certainly needs to be devoured, and soon. 

So today, after seeing, I reckon, the twentieth post of one of the quotes from the book, I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer, and I grabbed the paperback off the shelf and read the first two chapters. I was immersed in Evelyn’s world and didn’t want to put the book down from that moment on. With multiple tasks getting added to my to-do list by the second, I downloaded the audiobook to listen to (not whistle) while I worked. And for the rest of the day, I went between book and audio completely surrounded by Taylor Jenkins Reids words and finished the last third of the book in the bath, paperback in hand and a cocktail made by my very wonderful wife. 

After I finished the last word and closed the book, I knew at that moment that I had found my new favourite WLW book without a doubt in my mind. I laughed when Evelyn and Harry would banter and make fun; I cried when Evelyn came up against some awful hurts; I understood when she went down some inappropriate or shocking paths, and my heart burst or ached every time she was in a room with Celia. Every. Damn. Time. 

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing is unbelievably engaging and captivating, but she absolutely excels in her dialogue. I could list about fifteen quotes from this book without even trying that affected me physically and emotionally. 

Today, we can sometimes forget how far our community has come in terms of being out in the world and being our genuine selves. Evelyn lived with a fear I can’t even imagine, and honestly, at one stage of the book, bisexuality wasn’t even an identity. You were either Gay or a lesbian. There was no in-between, so Evelyn really felt that she didn’t belong anywhere instead of knowing she belonged everywhere.

"I wasn't interested in finding a label for what I already knew. I loved men. I loved Celia. I was OK with that."

Evelyn and Celia are my favourite characters, without a doubt. I don’t want to delve into that too much because, believe me when I say this book needs to be read without spoilers, It’s the only way, really. Producer Harry and Evelyn’s one and only best friend is possibly my favourite ever secondary character. He was the perfect person to balance Evelyn and be her confidant and protector. And the love she had for Harry was probably the second most significant love of her life. 

"You do not know how fast you have been running, how hard you have been working, how truly exhausted you are, until someone stands behind you and says, "It's OK, you can fall down now. I'll catch you." So I fell down. And Harry caught me."

Character Chemistry
There are so many elements to the chemistry in this book. Evelyn’s chemistry with lovers, husbands and her best friend, Harry. The chemistry she had with each person was different and meant something different to her life, to her story. 

Wrap Up 

This book is possibly the most beautiful book I have ever read. I felt every one of Evelyn’s emotions happy and heartbreaking. She is the most complex, and exceptional character I have ever read, and I now know why people have said they wish they could read this book for the first time all over again.

If you are looking for a book that will leave you breathless while not knowing which is up but ultimately wholly captivated by it, this is the book for you. Best. Book. Ever. I’ll close on this quote.

“But Celia was the sort of beautiful that felt as if you could hold it in your hands, like if you played your cards right, you might just get to marry a girl like Celia St. James.”

5/5

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