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First off the Shelf : The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Saturday, March 26, 2022
Graphic by Alyssa Lunsford

Spring break was the best time: time to sit at the beach, go to a big city or just stay at home and scroll social media. I wish I could say I went to the beach, but nahh I stayed and fell into the wormhole of TikTok.

Tiktok is the most interesting app; it can go from foodtok to cattok to Dracotok (IYKYK) and EVERYTHING in between. I am all over booktok, obviously, if you read my column before. I love a good romance fantasy.

One book that would not get off my feed during spring break was the “Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I did not want to read the book; the cover did not draw me in but the overall summary of the book had a nice ring to it. SOOOO I caved. I loved it and devoured this book in one setting.

Graphic by Alyssa Lunsford

There are not many books that make you love the entirety of the first 50 pages but this is it. By page 100 you are sucked into the book and the pages are just turning. This book is set in both the present day and in the 1950s — quite a jump there but it works, I promise.

Reid gives the main character, Evelyn Reid such a complex life, and you learn the entire thing in this small novel. From husband one to seven, each brings brand new experiences and situations Eveyln goes through.

One thing, that I am usually not the biggest fan of, did happen: different perspectives. Usually if this happens for a smaller book like this, it does make me not want to read as much. However the way the author wrote is captivating and the change of perspectives really pulls you in.

If this doesn't get you to read this beautifully-written and captivating book, then this should: It was just announced that Netflix is making this into a movie. The only thing better would have been if this was made into a small television series to keep on giving.

If you have read this book and have some fan casts for the movie let me know on Twitter @_anlunsford.