Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
I was scared to start this book because there was so much hype around it and I didn't want to be disappointed. But oh my god did it live up to the hype! Definitely one of the best books I have read this year and would be in my top favourite books ever!
This book has so many layers to it and it is so much more than what you think it will be. It isn’t just about a glamorous Hollywood star and her scandalous life. It highlights so many important issues around identity, sexuality, happiness and the things we do to get forward in life, no matter the consequences.
One thing this book truly confirmed for me is the fact that I would never want to be famous. The pressures people face in order to act and be how others think they should be is just heart breaking. They are constantly trapped in this world where people only show what they want people to be and to be yourself and show this could be the end of you and everything you have worked for. The secrets and darkness of Hollywood are exposed in a spectacular fashion in this book and it broke my heart to know that the challenges and unfair treatment Evelyn received as a fictional character happen in real life.
The writing is so well done and the characters are so well portrayed, I actually googled to check if this was based on a true story.
I won’t say much more but I adored this book and it is definitely in my top favourites of all time. From the story line to the characters, it will hook you in and immerse you in the crazy life of Hollywood and the many secrets that lay behind that supposedly glamorous and beautiful world.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.”
Harry, he just seemed like one of the most genuine and caring people and I would have loved to meet him in real life.