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.
When I first started reading this book, I didn’t get the hype… The start was slow and not much happened for a few chapters and I well, I was unimpressed, but then it got good, it got very very good. As we dive into how Evelyn became a Hollywood icon in the 50s/60s, we’re gifted with an inside look at “old Hollywood”; the scandals and the glamour, and it was even more glorious than I’d imagined!
Evelyn’s talent and fearlessness in going after what her heart desires, be it stardom or love, were admirable. She was deeply flawed, but she was also truly remarkable. Monique on the other hand, I didn’t care for, however, I did like how the book ties the characters together very well.
I really wish that Evelyn Hugo was real, so that I can watch her movies and see her glamorous outfits. One of my favourite reads of 2020, if not ever. Highly recommend.
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