Out of all the books I read at camp this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid was definitely my favorite. I came to camp with a bin full of books and a pre-determined order of how I would read them. This book was not in that bin or that order, but because of how much buzz it was getting around camp, I borrowed a friends copy and started reading it immediately. On the first day of getting my hands on a copy, I was already halfway done; I just could not put it down.
I had heard about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s impeccable writing and incredible characters on Tik Tok, but I was not prepared for her true genius. The characters she created felt so real they were almost tangible. I felt like I was watching a movie as the images floated from the pages into my brain. Never have I had so much ease seeing the words I was reading. With each page, I fell more and more in love with Evelyn Hugo and began to feel real life empathy for her.
The book depicts an interview Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo gives to a young writer – Monique Grant. As she tells her life story and recounts her relationship with each of her seven ex-husbands you get to know Evelyn as if you lived her life alongside her. Evelyn is an incredibly complex character whose story is enthralling to follow. In the end, her story is connected to her interviewers in a tragic twist. Its glamour and scandal make it a dazzling piece of fiction. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the definition of a page-turner that will captivate any reader.