Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: This might be one of my all time favorite books. I won’t lie, I was nervous to read this book. There was so much hype about it and I tried to read Malibu by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I couldn’t even finish that book. So, I put off reading this one for quite awhile. I am soooo glad I finally picked it up. This story was wonderful. There was romance heartbreak, secrets, and lies. Evelyn Hugo lived quite a life.
I absolutely loved Monique. Her character development throughout the book is so good. She starts off as a timid person, kind of just doing what’s she is told. By the end, she is so much more than that.
I could not, for the life of me, figure out how Monique’s life intersected with Evelyn’s. I tried to figure it out throughout the book and I never saw it coming. It was so sad and tragic and I felt such grief for Monique.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Definitely top 10 for the year.