“I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I think I deserve to know why one of the most famous actresses of all time would pluck me out of obscurity to be her biographer and hand me the opportunity to make millions off her story.”
Synopsis: 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.
Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendour 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.
Review: The book was great, well written too. The one thing that Evelyn stressed most on was that everything she did was for her family & she would do everything all over again. To me it felt like Evelyn Hugo was a real person & the book was an actual autobiography even though it wasn’t. I was into the book from the very start. The book talks about the extent some people go for love & success, there was a lot of drama in the book but that’s kind of understood with the whole seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo & the stories of what happened with each of them. The book’s core would probably be the struggles that LGTBQ communities face in the world, maybe even the Hollywood world because by the second husband there is a revelation which leads to Evelyn Hugo making several decisions that have consequences later in her life (trying to keep it spoiler free kind of). The reveal as to why Evelyn chose Monique to write her book was woah, not expected. I admit that reading pretty much the same thing happening to her marriages did get a little boring but each marriage was filled with its own drama. I think I liked Harry the most out of her 7 husbands.