Reclusive Hollywood 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 to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. 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. 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, likeable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendour of Old Hollywood into the sobering realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means – and what it costs – to face the truth.
What I Liked
How Evelyn Hugo was deeply flawed as a person but somehow she was still likable. I was still rooting for her throughout the entire thing. I also liked how it broke my heart, and how Evelyn tried to do what was right and looked after herself and her career and she made mistakes. I loved the platonic relationship between her and Harry. I loved her story, even though it’s not usually my thing and I wasn’t expecting to like it. It’s probably one of the best books I’ve ever read, because it spoke about so many important topics like sexual assault, racism and sexuality. One day, I’m going to re-read this.
What I Didn’t Like
I can’t say I was super fond of the relationship between Evelyn and Celia, not for being f/f but because of how toxic it was for both of them. At the same time, that really added to the charm of their relationship.You could really feel the strength of the love they had for each other.
A five out of five. This is one of my favourites, ever. I can see why people have re-read this multiple times. However, I don’t think I could put my heart through that again. Chapter 69 especially.