Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 13, 2017
My Rating: ★
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. Written with Reid's signature talent for creating "complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
The actress, Evelyn Hugo tells the story of her life.
This book gave me the Marilyn Monroe vibes big time!
Evelyn Hugo is basically her in a nutshell. The old Hollywood vibes made me smile. I love that time period. It's so interesting to me. Taylor Jenkins Reid has easily become one of my new favorite authors. Her writing style and descriptive writing are out of this world and so beautiful! Not to mention her characterization, like wow!! I instantly became engrossed in the story.
The book was very emotional but in a good way. It discusses the troubles of being gay/bisexual in a time period where many people had to hide. It was absolutely heartbreaking for me to read because this used to be a very real thing. The book has a lot of scandalous content and lots of Hollywood type gossip. I absolutely loved it!
The book reads a lot like a memoir and I found that to be very unique. Especially considering it was fiction. Not one page was boring in the slightest. From the very start, I needed to know how the main interviewer, Monique is connected to Evelyn Hugo's story and account of her life. I did not see the ending coming at all.
The book does a perfect job of displaying how fame can get to someone's head. How celebrities will do anything to stay in the spotlight. How Hollywood cover-ups are a very real thing. If you haven't read this book yet... You are missing out plain and simple. Easily one of my new favorite books! I still cannot get over it. This is a story that I will be thinking about for a long time.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @tjenkinsreid.