The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, published in 2017 is a fan favourite of BookTok. A historical fiction of Old Hollywood in the style of a tell-all biography about the life of movie star Evelyn Hugo, it was written by a previously unknown journalist and is bound to grasp people's attention, myself included.
I’m not always one for romance novels but this one held onto me for all 400 pages. Jenkins Reid’s writing style struck me as unique. Using alternating first person point of views between Evelyn Hugo and her biographer, Evelyn’s life story unfolds divided by her relationships with all seven of her husbands. It has a gut wrenching portrayal of women loving women relationships, and is truly moving for the time period and the struggles thrown at the characters.
The book drew me in with Evelyn's fascinating life as a world renowned movie star and smashed my heart to pieces by the end with her wonderfully complex life full of unique relationships, experiences, and truly gut wrenching levels of hurt. It's a wild roller coaster of emotions compressed expertly into a stand alone novel. I would strongly recommend it to the lover of romance, particularly LGBTQ+ romance, and someone looking for a quick and exciting read.