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 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, 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.
Goodreads rating: 4.44/5🌟
My rating: 5/5🌟
“Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.”Evelyn Hugo
I think I will carry this book in my heart, for a very long time. It will live with me, and die with me. Okay that’s a tad bit too dramatic.
Evelyn Hugo is a very interesting character. She is beautiful, sexy, cunning, and clever. But most of all, she is ambitious, and she will work her ass through hell to get what she wants. She is not a saint, heck, she is far from it. She lies, she cheats, she does things in order to reach to the top. But those things do not make her unlikeable. In fact, they are what make her so attractive.
This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book. Now that I’ve finished reading this book, I can confirm what others have been saying about her–that she is a great writer. She brings all her characters to life–even the less significant ones.
I love how of all the 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo, the author do not necessarily put the blame on them that the readers will be forced to love Hugo and hate the husbands–instead, it shows from Hugo’s perspective, her anger, her regret, her grief, her happiness, her heartbreak. Hugo tells the stories herself, and at some times she knows she’s in the wrong. And I love that about her.
“Heartbreak is a loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.”Evelyn Hugo
There are so many likeable characters in this book, and my favourite would be Harry. He is a kind man. I don’t know how I could describe him in other way. He is just a saint. And I love him so much.
When bad things happen to the characters, some really heartbreaking and devastating events that play thoughout the book (I can’t mention which), my heart aches for them. I feel them. I don’t really cry reading books, but I swear I was on the verge of tears at one point reading this book.
This book carries many life advice, be it in relationship, friendship, or any life-changing decisions, actually.
I do not regret my decision for reading this book at all, in fact, it easily takes a spot in my Top 10 list. I cherish this book so much!