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 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 jump-start 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.
Written with Reid’s signature talent for “creating complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a fascinating 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 takes – to face the truth.
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Characters: 5 – Wow! The characters in this book were amazing. They felt so real. Evelyn, of course, is great! But even after finishing the book, I don’t know if I like her or not.
Plot: 4 – The plot was basically just Evelyn’s life, but it was so interesting, and I just wanted to find out more!
Writing: 5 – Stellar writing! I loved the way that articles were used in place of a long drawn out explanation. So good!
Originality: 5 – I was not expecting this to be very original. I was thinking Sunset Boulevard, and boy was I wrong! One of the most original books I’ve read in a while.
Predictability: 4 – So many things I didn’t see coming. Some things that I sort of did, but there were enough twists and turns to keep my eyes glued to the pages.
Romance: 5 – A-MAZING! There were so many in this book, but each felt real on some level.
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