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. Written with Reid's signature talent for creating "complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing 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 costs—to face the truth
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Quick read that kept me interested. I found it to be over-reliant on somewhat overwrought/cringy? dialogue. Evelyn was a compelling character; Monique was not.
This book has made me emotional in every possible way. I couldn't put it down and it actually made me cry. It is truly a remarkable read. The writing was superb and I actually thought Evelyn was a real person. Just outstanding.
This book was absolutely everything. Easily my favorite book that I've read this year. Scratch that, easily one of my favorite books of all time. I hope they do a decent adaptation of this because I can't give up these characters yet. Absolutely incredible, everybody should read this
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