Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is not really my usual type of read, but I was captivated by the cover, imagining how beautiful and romantic the story must be, and after reading review after review of it, I picked up my own copy (and a buddy-read copy for my best pal Edith). We read it together and both absolutely loved it (and coincidentally had the same opinion as one another on Daisy Jones & The Six). But what is it about this romantic recounting of loves lost that draws so many people in? Surely it can’t just be people like me who eyeball covers and then decide that the book must be good because the cover looks good.

I had read reviews of the book before I started it, but it had been on my TBR for quite a while before I picked it back up, so I wasn’t expecting this book to be about a relationship between two women. But holy hell, was I here for it. The relationship between Evelyn and Celia both warmed my heart and broke it. The big twist, which I won’t expose here, didn’t shock me quite as much as it seemed to shock other readers (and please know I’m not saying that to imply that I’m more astute than anyone else, it just didn’t boggle my mind) but it did make all the pieces of the plot fall neatly into place.

If you want a heartwarming tale of two women genuinely in love with one another (and in love with fame and the spotlight), give The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a read. It’s not exactly what I would consider high literature or anything, but it also doesn’t pretend to be. Instead, Taylor Jenkins Reid focuses on telling a compelling story about the power of love, and she is wildly successful here. I definitely recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Dates read: September 28-October 7, 2021

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