Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950’s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80’s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
I am thrilled to have finally read my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book. After hearing so many fabulous things about this book and author I could hardly wait to dive into it!
Evelyn Hugo has not granted an interview in ages. For reasons only known to her, she is finally ready to sit down and open up about her life and share her “true story.” She could tell her story to anyone, but she has chosen Monique and is steadfast that she is the only person she will grant this interview. Monique is a journalist for Vivant magazine. She is struggling personally as well as professionally and is stunned that Evelyn has requested her for this once-in-a-lifetime interview.
Evelyn Hugo is not afraid to tell her truth anymore – the good, the bad, and the ugly! No one can say that Evelyn Hugo has lead a boring life. Many of her decisions were questionable, impulsive, and seemingly without thought. That being said she stands by her choices and does what she has to do to further her career as well as her personal life.
I loved hearing about each and every marriage. A couple of her husbands were keepers, but most of them were complete disasters. She really should have been a bit more selective, rather than making so many knee-jerk decisions.
Evelyn is a determined, passionate woman who will not take no for an answer. She is also selfish and more often than not she uses those around her for her own personal gain. Ordinarily I would be turned off by this type of character that uses people, but there was something about her honesty while telling her story and her conviction that had me completely captivated.
This was a book club read for me. Everyone seemed to enjoy the story, found Evelyn an interesting character, and was surprised by the ending!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: 6/13/2017
*Book 3/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.
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