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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Book Review

What is it about and what inspired the author to write it?
Courtesy of Barnes & Noble

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has become one of the most popular and talked about books in 2021, thanks to ‘BookTok’. The story is about a famous star, Evelyn Hugo, rising to fame quickly and willing to risk anything to become a top actress. While in the process of becoming a famous superstar, she marries seven husbands and faces the truth and reality in her new life. After her stardom slowly comes to an end, she is ready to tell her story and to reveal it to the world. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was released in 2017 by Taylor Jenkins Reid. According to Vogue, Reid explained why and what her inspiration was for this book. “Evelyn Hugo is based on Elizabeth Taylor, who married seven different men. Ava Gardener, who revealed secrets about her past and story to a journalist, and Rita Hayworth, who had a Spanish background but was convinced to change her name and appearance.” (erasing her culture and ethnicity) Rita Hayworth believed that she would become more successful in Hollywood and make a big name for herself. 

A short summary of the book: Evelyn Hugo was a famous actor in the 50s. She was a part of many different films and married seven times and had a daughter, Connor Cameron with her fifth husband, Harry Cameron. She married Ernie Diaz a man who took her to Hollywood, Don Adler, a famous actor, Mick Riva, a pop star, Rex North, another actor, Harry Cameron, Evelyn’s producer and best friend, Max Girard, a French director, and Robert Jamison, a good father for her daughter. After she has lived her life and is now older, she wants to share her story and what she experienced. But instead of choosing a more famous journalist or a bigger journaling company, she chose a small writer, Monique Grant. People were confused on why she picked her. Monique was also confused. But she decided to take on the opportunity and she learned about Evelyn Hugo and her story. 

Some exciting news is that Netflix has announced that they’re releasing a film about this book. They reported this news on June 29, 2023 and they plan to have the movie released hopefully soon on Netflix. 

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