Published by Atria Books on June 13, 2017
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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 in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
When I started reading the book at first, I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was an autobiography without it being an autobiography. Doest this make sense? It’s fiction, all characters are fictional, but it has been written like an autobiography. Hence why it reads so fast. We follow Evelyn’s life from the moment she met her first husband. The scandals, struggles and lies of Hollywood are all discussed in this book. I couldn’t believe my ears when I learnt what Evelyn had to do to be and remain successful. I won’t tell what for the sake of spoilers, but wow. I was shocked. There was one part I was most shocked about. Was she happy? Could be. You will learn the answer to this question in this book. Who of her seven husbands was the actual love of her life? Was Evelyn really who she appeared to be on camera? You will find answers to all these questions in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. However, I was shocked to learn about Hollywood in the years of Evelyn’s success. I know this book is fiction, but I kind of believe this was the truth. Then there is Monique. Why did Evelyn choose her to tell her story too? I didn’t know, but I eventually found out and I was like wooooooooow. This book was a good read. I enjoyed it and really wanted to know what was going to happen next. Bonus, this book is somehow queer. Can’t say what or how because of spoilers. Anyway, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo was a surprising read!