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

Book Rating

4/5

Book Review

I saw The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo literally everywhere, but avoided it incessantly. It seemed like a book I wouldn’t particularly like. Typically, books about movie stars don’t make my short list. However, I stumbled upon it in my Scribd library, and thought, well…might as well give it a try.

Boy, am I glad I did. Evelyn Hugo had a heck of a life, and most of it was top secret, until now. Now, she’s doing an all-inclusive interview and quite literally “telling it all.”

This book makes you think about things. What’s worth keeping a secret and lying about? What’s worth saving face over? Evelyn Hugo lies to the world, and hides who she truly is for entirely too long, but it’s out of necessity. The hatred in this world is entirely too much, and Evelyn does all she can to avoid that.

Each of her husbands serves a purpose for her. She talks about each one very matter-of-factly, and explaisn why she married them and to achieve what. This really made me think about love and what it means to us in today’s world, with the divorce rate being so high.

Evelyn shows us that there are three types of “love.” I am not giving any type of spoilers, but maybe this is a theme of the book (SO SKIP PAST THIS IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT DONT WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING.)

There is “love” where you simply use each other to gain something. You love them because of what they can give you, not because of who they are. We’ll call this the love of necessity. Another love is what we will refer to as the stable love. You truly do love the person, they’re your best friend, but the romance just isn’t there, the passion isn’t there. However, you feel safe. You feel loved. And it feels right, in a way, to be with your best friend. And finally, there’s the epic love. The once-in-a-lifetime love to where everything in the world seems better because you know them. The love where you would do (almost) anything to protect them, to make them proud, to see them smile.

Anyway, this book really makes you think about what each of those mean, and about what you want in life. It’s a fun read, and Evelyn is refreshingly honest about who she is, because she’s at the point to where she just can’t be bothered to hide her true self and intentions.

If you, like me, have been avoiding reading this book, I’d honestly say join the hype and pick it up! Especially if you’re already a member of Scribd.

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