Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
My latest library audiobook find was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’ve heard so many good things about this story so I couldn’t believe that it was available on my Libby app! I snapped it up and listened to this twelve-hour audiobook in two days. I could not stop listening to this book.
First off, the narrators (there were a few) did an excellent job. I liked that the different characters had their own narrators. I love audiobooks with a cast narration, they’re my favorite. They did such a great job with this book.
The story itself was written in an interesting way too. It was written as a back and forth between Evelyn and our main character Monique. Every now and then there were news articles or blog posts talking about current events or discussion events that were happening in Evelyn’s life at the point of her life she was telling us about.
I thought it was really great the different kinds of characters, there was certainly a diverse cast. Monique was biracial with a white mom and an African American father. Evelyn was Cuban American. There were also characters of all sorts of sexual orientations, gay men, lesbians, bisexual characters. I thought the variety of the players in this book just made it that much better.
There was a story being told within a story and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know Monique her life and the struggles she’s facing. Enter Evelyn, a major complication. She propositions Monique in a way that may cause her to lose her job, but ultimately make millions of dollars writing a book.
The story just got more and more in-depth and complicated. I seriously could not stop listening. I was dying to know what was going to happen in Evelyn’s story next. Evelyn was a famous actress starting in the 50s through the 80s. She pushed boundaries and did whatever she needed to get what she wanted. She was determined and ruthless. I liked that she was a kick-ass lady in a time that wasn’t always accepting of kick-ass ladies. She had so many crazy adventures and I felt as if I was having them alongside her as the story was being read to me.
I loved everything about this book. I think everyone should read it. It’s definitely going to make a few of my favorites for 2018 lists that will be coming up in the next few months.
Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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