WOW. After hearing so many glowing reviews, I was almost afraid to read this novel. I’m glad that I finally got over my trepidation, though, since this is a masterpiece that exceeds the hype that has been piled on it. The plot follows a woman named Monique Grant, a writer for a popular magazine. She is hand-selected to write an article about the infamous (fictional) actress Evelyn Hugo by the celebrity herself, much to the chagrin of her editor. What Monique doesn’t see coming is the fact that Evelyn doesn’t want an article written about her; she wants Monique to write her biography.
As the story unfolds, Evelyn’s life and the reasons she married so many men are unfurled and paint her as both a sympathetic person and a manipulative business woman. Most importantly, though, it shows she’s human and vulnerable. I loved that this book was so diverse in its approach to sexuality and race. There are some controversial topics addressed that may rub some readers the wrong way, but they packed a powerful punch for me. Jenkins Reid’s writing is fluid and fast-paced, and I felt like I was actually reading someone’s actual biography.
I have absolutely no complaints about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. This is a must-read that I highly recommend you check out. It’s respectful of the subjects it broaches, has multi-layered characters, and is beautifully written. Snap this up immediately.