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Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2018), explores the complexities of Hollywood from the point of view of a struggling journalist. The story starts with Monique Grant, a writer for the major publication Viviant, who is tasked with interviewing the aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn has never given an exclusive interview before, and Monique has no choice but to accept the opportunity as this could be huge for her career.
While the young reporter listens in, Evelyn and Monique chat about Evelyn’s life. However, Monique had no idea that meeting Evelyn would have such a profound effect on her life. As the plot develops, it becomes apparent that Evelyn has a specific goal in mind when she commissions Monique to pen her memoirs. Taylor Jenkins Reid has written an amazing and engaging story that gives a fascinating look at Hollywood in the second half of the twentieth century.
The plot of the The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is organized following the interview between Monique and Evelyn, in which the actress recounts the details of her life and the seven men she married. Each husband corresponds to a different stage in Evelyn’s life and career, and each marriage reflects the choices she made and the compromises she had to make to achieve her goals.
Evelyn Hugo is a complex and mysterious character that captivates readers. She is a self-made woman who, since the age of 14, has been determined to prove the power of her own will. Her rise to stardom is full of glamour, drama, and scandal. But beneath the surface, she also grappled with her bisexuality and the double standards of society. She was determined to live her truth and not be bound by the conventions of the time. Throughout the novel, Evelyn’s strength and courage are prominent themes, and she serves as an inspiration to all LGBTQ+ individuals. This element of Evelyn’s character adds an interesting twist to the story as well. Just keep this name present while reading: Celia.
The story is told in a simple, direct style, which allows readers to get completely immersed in the story and really feel for the characters. Reid has written a powerful story that relies more on the curiosity of the readers than on the suspense generated by the story. As readers, we know what is going to happen, or at least we have a clear idea, but we keep reading anyway.
Also, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is getting a Netflix adaptation. If you want to familiazrize yourself with the romantic history of Evelyn, chek it out with this timeline:
Overall, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is an entertaining story full of surprises and turns that will capture the reader’s attention. The author has done a fantastic job of writing a believable and complex main character that is both appealing and intriguing. I highly recommend this book to readers who are looking for an interesting and unique story about a bisexual woman in Hollywood.
Also, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is getting a Netflix adaptation.
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