Book Recommendation: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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A must-read book this month is ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo‘ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A book that goes beyond your typical Hollywood story. A few pages in and the reader is made aware of the various social issues prevalent in late 1950s.

The story follows reporter Monique Grant, who is chosen by Evelyn Hugo, a famous ageing and notoriously reclusive actress to write her biography. While astonished about the call out, Monique uses this opportunity to jumpstart her stagnant career as a reporter, to discover the truth behind what it’s like to be a movie star living in the glamorous world of Hollywood.

As the actress begin to share her fascinating story, Evelyn uncovers a world of glamour, ambition and luxury – but not without scandal, forbidden love and betrayal. A literary masterpiece that keeps you hooked from the get-go, here’s why we recommend reading ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’. 

The Truth Behind Glamour & Fame

Journey into a world of glitz and glamour as Evelyn recounts her experience in Hollywood during the late 1950s. This heartfelt story is easy to follow, as each character, scene, and sentence serve a vital purpose to the story. The internal battles that the characters encounter, while challenging to read, is necessary to understand that there’s more than what meets the eye.

Although Evelyn has experienced fame and popularity in Hollywood, she struggles to find true love and genuine relationships. They say money can buy you branded clothes and fancy cars but can’t buy you happiness or friendships. While entertaining to read, some stories will leave you wondering on how you would react to similar situations faced by the protagonist living in a male-dominated society.

Imperfect Hollywood Happiness

Evelyn reflects on her life with grief and a lack of fulfillment and happiness despite having achieved materialistic goals. As she recounts how each of her seven husbands played a pivotal role in advancing her career, it’s clear that they came at a considerable price to her emotional wellbeing and were only meant to be in a small chapter of her life.

This book explores love and happiness in a way that will leave you wanting to know every little detail. With honest insights and plot twists, discover how Evelyn’s life intersects with that of Monique’s in tragic and irreversible ways.

Perfect Read For Your Book Club

The details of this book will find you wanting to discuss your thoughts and feelings with friends, which is why this is the perfect read for your next book club or to share with your friends on Carry A Book. There are so many thoughts that arise within each chapter and reading with your friends only makes it a lot better. 

We know that the seemingly glamorous Hollywood has many dark secrets, however, this story sheds light on what people are willing to forego in order to achieve fame. From reading this book, the Carry A Book team learned that while career-centred goals are important, it should be balanced with a social life that builds relationships with family and friends.