So, it’s finally time for me to post this, I finished the audiobook about 3 weeks ago but wasn’t sure if I was ready to write a review as it completely took me by surprise.
Let’s just dive right in…
Ageing 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 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 jump start 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 1950’s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80’s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—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.
This has to be one of my most surprising books of the year!
Ok, so I will be honest, going into this I didn’t expect to like it, I thought that I would get halfway through and be bored as it’s not my preferred genre, I was just curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Holy shit! I don’t know how it happened but I became obsessed with Evelyn Hugo and her story, it drew me in and once it had me in it’s clutches I couldn’t escape, I was captivated by her story.
How did this book repay me? By ripping my heart out and making me cry my eyes out like an absolute baby! If you have been here for a while you will probably know that I don’t cry at books, so what the hell happened?
Evelyn as a character is extremely manipulative but is also very open about it which I found made me really respect her. She is so very loyal to those around her and will do whatever it takes to protect those that she loves, even if it means living a fake life for the public. Hearing her story through poverty and fame in ‘Old Hollywood’ was really heartbreaking, on the surface she is a glamorous and provocative woman making her way through the eligible bachelors, with many people only knowing of her through the sheer number of husbands that she married. However, underneath she was so complex and I absolutely loved the truth behind her persona, the ending to her story really broke my heart and I had to re-listen to the last 20 minutes as I couldn’t hear it over my own sobs!
I absolutely recommend the audiobook, we have three narrators here which really made me feel like Evelyn was telling me her story and no one else. I don’t think I would have felt as much of an emotional connection to the story had I read this physically. I can definitely see why everyone loves this book so much.
What book has surprised you the most this year?
See you in the next one…