Genres: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
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This was another book that I would not have read without the book blogging community, although I cannot remember anymore whose review exactly convinced me to read it. I expected this to be a more light-hearted, fun read, but it was far more powerful and emotional than that, and I was quite pleased by the surprise!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tells the story of Evelyn, the former Hollywood super star who decides at the age of almost 80 to come clean with the story of her life. When she wants specifically Monique Grant, a rather unknown journalist, to write her story, it comes as a surprise to everyone, including Monique herself. But getting to know Evelyn and her story will prove to be a more emotional and difficult task than Monique imagined, and she can’t help but admire the complicated woman that is Evelyn Hugo.
I loved the character of Evelyn Hugo, who went to all lengths to achieve what she wanted, a deeply flawed but lovable, daring and exceptional woman. She used her beauty as a weapon, but it was definitely her mind that made her a star. I was very quickly hypnotized by her story, so full of resilience and heartbreak.
Also the strong feminist and LGBTQ+ tone of the book surprised me a lot, and I was so happy to read a story with such openness on those topics. I LOVED that. It’s probably among my favorite things about this book.
The glamour of a Hollywood from the 1950s as a background to the story was also really fascinating. The audiobook is fantastic, the narration was done SO well and in such an emotional way, I really recommend it! I think it helped with enjoying the book even more. The voice of both Monique and Evelyn were unique and really nice to listen to.
I was not sure the Monique plot was necessary, although I see why it was done that way (I won’t elaborate because spoilers). I also had a couple questions left by the end of the book, but nothing that bothers me too much.
Verdict: If you like Old Hollywood and would like to read a powerful story, I highly recommend this book! The audiobook was fantastic and I suggest to try it! But I don’t recommend it for younger audiences, it discusses some heavy topics, although nothing too explicit. Trigger warnings: physical and emotional abuse, sexual content, alcohol abuse, suicide.