“And it will be the tragedy of my life that I cannot love you enough to make you mine. That you cannot be loved enough to be anyone’s.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
After reading and falling in love with Daisy Jones and the Six, I have been looking forward to picking up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. People have said it is just as amazing as Daisy Jones and the Six, which I completely agree with. They have similarities, so if you love one, you will love the other. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a spectacular book that deserves 5 stars.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has a way of creating characters that are captivating despite their flaws. Evelyn Hugo isn’t a great person (she even says it herself), but she is empowering, ambitious, and extremely strong. I admire her ability to fight tooth and nail for whatever she wanted. She made some serious mistakes, but she never denies it nor does she give excuses. Evelyn Hugo is a manipulator; however, despite and because of her flaws, she was my favorite character. From the moment we met Harry Cameron, I knew he would be an amazing character and person. He was respectful and supportive of Evelyn and was always there to catch his best friend. He would have done anything for her (and did) and his death scene was heartbreaking and so was Celia’s. Celia St. James, the love of Evelyn Hugo’s life, may have been hurtful and judgmental, but she is no less exceptional than the others. Sometimes I hate her and other times, I feel so bad for her. She spoke her mind and was confident in her relationship with Evelyn.
The relationship between Celia and Evelyn was beautifully heartbreaking. They were soulmates who lost so much time together because of their stubbornness and the way society looked upon same-sex couples. Their relationship felt so incredibly real. In so many romance books, the perfect couple has one obstacle to pass and then they live happily ever after. Celia and Evelyn fought, broke up, and married other people (multiple times), but it never diminished their love as they always came back to each other. I was convinced that after Celia left the second time, that they would never be with each other again, but (thankfully) I was wrong. They finally got to be with each other without the pressure of Hollywood and I was so happy for them. Their wedding scene made my heart swell. Celia and Evelyn will forever be my favorite f/f relationship.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has an incredible writing style that made me fall in love with this book and Daisy Jones and the Six. The entire book is extremely quotable and addictive. The characters she wrote were breathtaking and the topics it discussed were so important. I have never seen a book handle LGBTQ+ themes as this one did. I will never be the same after reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six.
The ending of this book was amazing and I never saw it coming. I knew that the reason Evelyn chose Monique had something to do with her dad because I accidentally saw a spoiler, but I could have never guessed that her father was in love with Harry Cameron. It was a spectacular end to Evelyn’s spectacular story. I assumed that the book would end with Evelyn’s death, but not the way it happened. It was the perfect ending for Evelyn, though. She controlled so much in her life, so it would only make sense for her to control the way she dies. Monique’s back and forth on the train when she realized what Evelyn was doing was powerful, just like the rest of the story.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo easily became one of my favorite books of all time. I’m not going to stop thinking about it anytime soon and I will never read anything like it again. I highly recommend this book along with Daisy Jones and the Six. If you love one, you will undoubtedly love the other.