Review | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.”4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: marriages, divorces, beautiful gowns, milkshakes, grief, abuse, disease, homophobia, abortion, suicide, diversity, striking blond hair, women’s rights, sex, money, true love, old Hollywood glamour, movies, spotlights and expensive wine.

This is a beautifully written book, and I can understand the hype around it. Even though I knew this book was not my type, I still wanted to give it a shot.

The thing I liked the most about this book was Evelyn’s relationships. And that includes not only her marriages, but also her friends, her true lover and all the people around her. It’s safe for me to say that this book changed my perspective about marriages and relationships in general. There are so many good quotes about marriage, love and self-respect that I know I’ll take them with me for life. Here are some of them:

“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”

“Heartbreak is a loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.”

“It’s always been fascinating to me how things can be simultaneously true and false, how people can be good and bad all in one, how someone can love you in a way that is beautifully selfless while serving themselves ruthlessly.”

“She always made sure the bad was outweighed by so much good. I…well, I didn’t do that for her. I made it fifty-fifty. Which is about the cruelest thing you can do to someone you love, give them just enough good to make them stick through a hell of a lot of bad.”

“Sometimes divorce isn’t an earth-shattering loss. Sometimes it’s just two people waking up out of a fog.”

It is impossible to not imagine a cuban version of Marilyn Monroe while reading this book. There is no doubt in my mind that Marilyn was one of the people that inspired this novel.

The other thing that is still on my mind was how smart Evelyn was. She knew she had nothing but her beauty to climb the Hollywood social ladder. She had no money, no studies, no family, and yet, she got where she wanted. At some point later, she tells Monique: “.(…) And taking pride in your beauty is a damning act. Because you allow yourself to believe that the only thing notable about yourself is something with a very short shelf life.”
I love that TJR decided to name the book “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”. I know it was not a random name she picked, and I love the reason behind it.

It is a great novel. The more I think about this book, the more complex it gets. I really enjoyed it.

xoxo, Neide

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