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.
I’m sure this was someone’s story not one person per say cause the film industry is all about reputation and secrets. The book is mesmeric and addictive. Reid captures the very nature of Hollywood, where vicious gossip columnist could destroy a career and a star was as good as the business of their last film.
The main protagonist Evelyn Hugo is an ageing starlet with seven marriages behind her. Having grown up in Hell’s Kitchen, young Evelyn trades her virginity for a ride to Hollywood. She changes her name, dyes her hair blond and climbs the ladder of success. She is unapologetically ambitious but not without remorse. Which of her seven husbands was the love of her life is an interesting question here? The book explores different facets of relationships. The book tackles a lot of issues but the theme of the book remains LOVE.