From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
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 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 through the decades—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. (From Goodreads)
**I give this book FIVE stars!**
So I saw this book pop up on several sites, Bookstr, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, and I think I entered every giveaway I could, trying to win it. But alas, I was never chosen. Until my beautiful ladies at @booksparks came along, and I got to partake in #SRC2017 and low and behold, this book was a part of it! It was meant to be!
Now onto the book, My mind is blown, I went in expecting a certain style of book, something similar to what Susan Luci preformed on the soap “All My Children” but what I got, was something so beautiful, and so tragic. Granted Evelyn Hugo was a calculated woman, and she always did something with purpose. And what happened to those in her life, and in her path, is what adds the emotion to this book. A few times my heart skipped a beat, and I swear it dropped into my stomach.
I am left asking myself If I were to have lived in the 1950’s when so much was frowned upon, would I have gone to the lengths that Evelyn did? When is it all just too much? I don’t know if I love Evelyn or if I truly despise her for the havoc she wrecked. Either way, what I do know, Is this is one of the BEST books, I have ever read. I stand by that statement 100%. It’s beautiful, captivating, tragic, and so compelling, I now must read everything written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. And guys, You NEED to add this book to your TBR, and you NEED to read it ASAP. You will not regret, one single, beautifully written page.
Some marriages aren’t really that great. Some loves aren’t all-encompassing. Sometimes you separate because you weren’t that good together to begin with. Sometimes divorce isn’t an earth-shattering loss. Sometimes it’s just two people waking up out of a fog – Taylor Jenkins Reid