April Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
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I have not been this excited about a book in a long time. Immediately upon finishing it, I called my best friend in New York and told her she HAD to buy the book right this second so I had someone to discuss it with. Like me, she finished it in 48 hours.
Old Hollywood glamour, strong female characters, unexpected twists… this book has all of my favorite things. On the surface, it’s a salacious, unputdownable beach read, but there are so many deeper themes to discuss. If you’re looking for your next book club pick, this is it my friends.
Summary (no spoilers):
Evelyn Hugo, screen siren from the golden age of Hollywood, has finally agreed to a magazine interview after decades of seclusion. There’s just one caveat: she only wants Monique Grant for the job. An up-and-coming writer among professionals with years more experience, Monique is confused and apprehensive as to why she’s been singled out, but recognizes a life-changing opportunity in the assignment. She’s even more shocked when Evelyn reveals that she has not chosen Monique to do a simple interview for a magazine, but to write her biography.
Over the course of their long days together, Evelyn tells Monique her life story through the timeline of her seven husbands, revealing juicy Hollywood gossip, forbidden romances, and unexpected secrets along the way. One of those secrets will change Monique’s life forever.
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For those that have read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Please make a note if your comment contains spoilers, though!
Also, did anyone else immediately cast the HBO miniseries (the one that doesn’t exist but is a fantasy in my head)? I’m thinking Stanley Tucci as Harry, although I may be influenced by his character in Burlesque. Jessica Chastain absolutely must play Celia, which is interesting because she played a character named Celia in The Help. I can’t immediately picture who might play Evelyn, though Scarlett Johannsen did cross my mind. And how amazing would it be if Meghan Markle took a little break from being a princess and played Monique?
Share your thoughts below!