The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (book review) – true love and Hollywood drama

Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say. But sometimes it’s so hard … yes, the cover of this book kept me from reading it earlier. Fortunately I was lucky enough to have friends who know when to insist about a good book 🙂 And better later than never, right?!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in a nutshell

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tells the story of Evelyn, a 79-years-old fictional Hollywood actress who is ready to tell her side of the story. What the public knows is a scandalous and glamorous life, the seven men she married, but Evelyn’s life was much more than that.

Alongside Evelyn’s story there’s a second narrative layer – young journalist Monique Grant, chosen to interview the legendary actress about her life and career.

My overall impression

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is all about love. Different, crazy, unexpected, heartbreaking love. It is a reminder that love is so much more than meets the eye.

The book is super captivating, written as a Hollywood blockbuster! The narration is sprinkled with bits and pieces of newspaper sections, leaving some well-thought gaps in the continuation of the story – gaps that only increase the readers’ curiosity and act more like hooks 😉

Evelyn’s husbands

My favourite aspect of the book regarded the seven husbands. It was so interesting to see how different from one another they were and how each one brought something good and / or important in Evelyn’s life.

Actually, the book is structured in chronological order, with main sections named as the seven husbands, plus an adjective that describes his presence in Evelyn’s life. Just to give you a flavour – one was “disappointing”, another was “brilliant”, another was … well, you’ll see when you read the story.

Movie adaptation on its way!

Netflix announced in March 2023 that they purchased the rights to turn the book into a movie. The screenplay will be written by Liz Tigelaar; apart from that, nothing else seems to be made public – not the cast, nor the premiere date.


I do recommend reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo with all my heart. The witty narrative style, the stories within the story, the gorgeous main character … you’ll devour this one as soon as you get started!

Did you read any books by Taylor Jenkins Reid? Let me know which one(s) should I read next, I am super curious if you discovered her other books 🙂

If you would like to buy this book (or any other bookish things), please consider using one of these links: Amazon | Waterstones | Carturesti. Thank you!

‘Till next time … happy reading!


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