The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo//Book Review

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For those of you who don’t know, the Beckner half of us (that’s me!) is in grad school right now, so reading for pleasure is almost a thing of the past. The piles of to-be-read books around my house continue to grow, grow, grow – much to my husband’s chagrin.


That being said, I sneak in a good book in half hour splices of time when I can. Which means I’ve read … one fiction book since starting this semester?

So today I’ll share with you my book review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

First of all, what I liked about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is pretty simple – it’s an easy read. I found myself wanting to read it in all my spare moments – even when it felt predictable.

So what I loved – it was a quick read and the writing was solid. It wasn’t hugely emotional – indeed, I found it to be quite light and snappy.

What I didn’t love –  I wasn’t surprised by much in the storyline. I could have guessed the plot from the title. Also, I didn’t particularly love any of the main characters (unless Hugo’s husband Harry counts?) Celia was selfish, demanding, and annoying. Evelyn was selfish. Monique was okay, but I didn’t feel as if we could really get to know her.

That being said, here are a couple of quotes I LOVED:

“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.”

“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.”

Do I recommend? Meh.

Will I read another Taylor Jenkins Reid? Yes, probably. This is the second book of hers I’ve read, and I find their light-heartedness (not-quite-fluff), ideal for a beachy getaway. And I could use a beachy getaway. Just saying.

Happy week, friends!

What have you been reading?

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