So if you follow me on any social media at all you may have seen me yelling about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I finished recently. If you follow me on Goodreads, you may have seen this was my review:
It’s safe to say that I liked the book, and guys, I didn’t just like it, I absolutely ADORED it. I can’t even put into words how much it has touched me. From the pure beauty of the writing style to the captivating story, every little aspect of this book was fantastic. I really don’t think I will find a book that makes me as happy as this one did. I want to re-read it over, and over, and over again.
This post is going to be a mess of me spewing my love for this book but also trying to be coherent and articulate so that I can convince you to read this beautiful book, but I really don’t think I could’ve written a “proper” review for it, because it would mostly just be me saying “IT’S SO GOOD IT’S SO GOOD” over and over again.
For one, this book is so important. A Cuban, bisexual main character, with a lesbian love interest, gay side characters, as well as a biracial main character. I have been so happy seeing others on twitter an Instagram saying how well they have related to the characters in this book.
“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”
My fear going into this knowing it features two intertwining stories was that one side would have more focus than it needed or something along the lines of that, but the intertwining stories were perfectly organized. The focus of the novel remained mostly on Evelyn Hugo’s life story, but Monique’s experiences and life got a perfect amount of spotlight throughout the book, up until the end where you see them come together as one seamlessly.
I’ve nonstop been recommending this to everyone I know, whether it be people that regularly read or people who never read, I’ve been super annoying about it to everyone haha. My mom has already bought her own copy, and I’m about to go out and buy Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other books asap (If you have a particular favourite of one of her books please let me know!)
Lastly, if you are into old Hollywood, classical cinema, or just anything related to film, there is so much in this for you to love. I adored how in depth this book brought the reader into the world of Hollywood and how the movies were being made, the ways people got what they wanted, how it was to be in the industry as a woman, and how things weren’t always what the seemed. It was so interesting for me to connect the things I learn about in classes, including classical cinema, the studio system, and the rise of Hollywood, to this book.
There is not much I want to say other than I loved it over and over again, but I really urge you to check this out. I really think there is something for everyone in this book, even if you read exclusively YA books (which I pretty much do) it is an amazing read.
Going to get back to resisting a reread of this book now, have an amazing day everyone!!