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5 reasons to read “The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo”

“I think that loving you has been the truest thing about me.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was, at the same time, my last read of the past decade and my first read of the current one. As I read the majority of this book this year, I take it as the best book I’ve read this year so far. And I always say it might be the best book I’ve read in my life.
I started reading this book thinking it was going to be a dramatic book based solely on Evelyn’s love life and her experiences with fame, but it turned out to be completely different (and I loved it for proving me wrong). This is a book about real life. While it isn’t based on real events, this book shows the ups and downs, the unexpected (and sometimes cruel and unfair) turns in an individual’s life. How a character fucks up along the way and that ends up affecting him or her for a long time, and even others: because life is a chain and somehow everything is connected.
It’s been months, so I decided I wouldn’t do a regular review on this book. Instead I will point out five reasons to read this amazing book, and hopefully that’ll be enough for you to pick it up immediately!

1. It’s perspective of love

I always say that this is a book about love. Not because Evelyn loved each and everyone of her husbands. But she got to love different people (in different ways) in her story, and we get to see how different each relationship is and how it affects her once they come to an end. But more than that, in the world Taylor Jenkins Reid built, love can get to be an illusion, a tool, a means to an end. Is everchanging, and she had a wonderful way to show it here.

2. Sensitive topics

TJR doesn’t hold back when talking about sensitive topics, such as abuse (different kinds of it), addiction, illness and death. But she deals with all of those things in a respectful way, and tries to bring awareness in all of those very hard topics throughout the book.

3. 60’s Hollywood Glam

Because not everything has to be so serious, right? On a lighter topic, this book is set in 1960’s Hollywood. You get to see in firsthand how Evelyn deals with fame, the good and the bad of it, with aging while being Hollywood’s bombshell. One moment you see her at the top of her game, and the next moment she deals with having her spot taken by someone fresh, younger and prettier. I know how bad it sounds, but it shows the cruel ways of the world of fame, as well as what Evelyn had to do and sacrifice in order to be one of the most famous and successful actresses of the 60’s.

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4. Mind-blowing plot twists

For me, shocking plot twists are a GREAT way to make a book better. The more a book surprises me and proves me wrong on my theories, the more I like it: I don’t like to predict what comes next, and this book gave me exactly that. For me, this book was better in its plotwists than any thriller I’ve read. I assure you that, even with all the information i’m giving you in this post, you won’t be able to predict all the surprising things that happen throughout the story.

5. A very original book

Since reading this book, I’ve tried to look for books that are similar to it and failed miserably. This book is one of a kind, it has all the elements to make it perfect and stand out from the others: the glamourous setting, the writing style that mixes interviews and regular chapters, the way that the author got to squeeze entire decades of events in the book, the latinx and queer rep, the raw way to send several messages with this story. You won’t find anything like this, so if you’re looking for something that’s original, that speaks about important matters and that will make you blow your mind, this book is for you.

I could go on and on about my favorite book, but who cannot? However, this is all for today’s post!

Have you read this book before? What were your thoughts on it? What’s your favorite book of all times? Let me know in the comments!

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34 thoughts on “5 reasons to read “The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo””

  1. Oh my god I’ve been wanting to read this book for five everrrrrr!!! This post made it jump up on the TBR though, I’m really excited. Normally, I don’t think it would be the kind of book I would really read but I’ve heard so many great things about it I just have to find out for myself! Thanks for the great post!! ❤️

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    1. I’m so happy you liked the post! Something similar happened to me, I was seeing all these amazing reviews of this book and finally decided to give it a try on late December. One of the best decisions I’ve taken book wise. Please find out for yourself how good this book is!

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  2. I loved your post, it’s such an original “review” type and it reminded me that I’ve had this on my TBR since it came out but I’m yet to get my hands on it. I obviously need to read this one right now!! xx

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    1. I’m glad you liked the post! Now that I’ve done this kind of post I think it’s a good way to review books i’ve read long ago, so I’ll probably be doing this regularly💖 i hope you can get your hands on this book pretty soon!


  3. On the one hand, I’m not much of a contemporary lover. On the other, you make some really great points here 👀

    Love how besides exploring all types of romance, it also doesn’t shy away from discussing the position of women (esp older women) in cinema industry!

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    1. That’s one of the things I loved the most about this book and the author’s work in general. She doesn’t hold back on the hard topics and it is so important to have books like that out there!


  4. I love your non-traditional review! I have seen this book around a lot but this actually makes me want to pick it up. Great review!

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  5. I’ve seen this book talked about by so many people but this review is the only one that has made me want to read it. Great review!

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  6. Loved this book so much. It really felt so different to everything I’ve read and it was just so good. TJR really knows how to evoke emotions and I felt so connected to the characters. It was such a great unputdownable read!

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    1. I totally agree on everything! With this one and Daisy Jones & The Six, I just couldn’t find a book that could even come close to them. I can’t wait to read more of TJR’s work and see if I love them as much as these two I just mentioned!


  7. Wow, I’ve thought about picking this book up at B&N SO many times and I always ended up leaving without it. You’ve officially convinced me to go buy it and read it immediately! It sounds like an amazing read!

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  8. Argh, my book club was going to pick this as our April/May read but at the last minute everyone else decided to go for another book! I’m still gonna read this anyway, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it & I LOVE reading books set in the 1900s in NY! 😍


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