Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 5 stars
Monique Grant is startled to discover the legendary Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo picked her to write the magazine cover story detailing her upcoming gown auction. She's even more shocked that it isn't an interview Evelyn wants; she wants Monique to write her memoirs. Every detail of her famous life will be shared, from her origins as a daughter of Cuban immigrants desperate to leave Hell's Kitchen, to her 7 marriages. It's a book that will raise millions and change Monique's life. Monique just doesn't realize just how much Evelyn will change everything for her, or the price she needs to pay for it.
The book is told in 2 separate timelines - Evelyn's story as told to Monique, as well as in the present tense. It was listed as the best of summer 2017 read by People Magazine and Buzzfeed for a reason - this is a fantastic book. I couldn't get enough of Evelyn's story and finished it in an afternoon. Reid has a remarkable talent for creating interesting and sympathetic characters. It's an emotional, stunning, and riveting look at the price one pays for glamorous success in Hollywood. Despite the common subject, this is far from the standard movie star fare. Evelyn is a complex character that doesn't always come across as likable. This is an intelligent and thoughtful novel that is still perfect beach reading. Probably the best book I have read all year. Highly recommend.