Summary: 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.
So I have seen everyone and their baby mama read and rave about this book on GR for a while so I decide to give it a try. I thought it was just about this chick who have seven husbands in old Hollywood which was pretty common at that time ( cough Elizabeth Taylor) Actually it was much much more than that that started really good but then towards the end it started to feel more dramatic than one of the MC’s films. This book went from being good and looking like a five starer to a freaking three star predictable drama where I couldn’t stand anyone that I actually like through the whole book anymore.
Basically Our MC, Evelyn Hugo was once a big Hollywood star in the old Hollywood era who wants to tell her full life story about her life to this up and coming journalist Monique who had her own personal problems dealing with marriage. During the course of the book, which is told in Evelyn and Monique’s perspectives along with small chapters telling the story thought the eyes of the tabloids, you uncover the secrets of Evelyn Hugo life. From her raise to stardom,her hiding her Cuban heritage, her manipulating the press and everyone around her to keep her secrets and the people she loves safe, her seven husbands which some she loved and some she used to keep her secrets safe ,her dealing with her sexuality, and to her finding the love of life. ( which to me she needed to find someone new but I digress)
Let’s start with Evelyn Hugo
Evelyn Hugo was a good protagonist due to the fact that she schemed herself to the top and was very unapologetic about it. Is she was a real person; Unapologetic Bitch by Madonna would be her theme song. She was selfish, ruthless and cunning as hell but she will tell you in a heartbeat that she was. She didn’t care if she had to lie, cheat or steal which in old Hollywood,you had to do in order to get on top. She was going to get her stardom and protect the people she loves. I really got tired of some people in her life that acted like she needed to change the way she was even tho some of the things she did was in order to protect them and their careers. ( cough Celia cough I will get to her) I liked her thought the whole book but towards the end, I started to dislike her. Maybe because of all the things she did it was two things that she did that really turned me off to her. I do like the fact that we she her struggle with her sexuality,her identity as being a Cuban American Woman and trying to define who she is without people labeling her. She loved men and women and said that constantly in the book when people were trying to put her in one box. She was a bisexual Cuban American and she finally become proud of it.
Celia St. James
I like this chick at first but then toward 70% in the book,I got tired of her ass so badly. She was Evelyn’s “true love” but she put Evelyn thought so many freaking hoops in order for them to be together. I understand that she wanted her and Evelyn to be together freely but in Old Hollywood? Yeah Evelyn did all she could in order to keep her and Celia careers and lives safe. Even marrying, having a one night stand and then getting an annulment with someone. Celia always threw a hissy petty fit about it, leaves and not speak to Evelyn in 10-15 years and then speak with her. She does this shit twice in the damn book! The first time I felt sadness for Celina but the second break up? Where it was partly her fault due to the fact she push her to do a movie were it was a sex scene which she did it. Which she did the movie with her abusive ex husband which was the reason why Evelyn realized her sexuality and her feelings towards Celia. Which she begged on her hands and knees for Celia to forgive her and take her back. Which Celia decides not to talk to her for another 10 years and mess up they little happy family they had. I was like “nope! You are annoying and I need Evelyn to find another chick to fall in love with.” She honestly become one of the reason why the rating of this book started to drop for me. When she finally died I really didn’t give a damn and was glad she was gone.. I’m all for having WLW or MLM in books because we need more of it but I’m for having positive and healthy WLW’s or MLM relationships in books. To me Evelyn’s and Celia’s relationship wasn’t healthy but toxic. You can’t get mad at Evelyn for marrying someone to get the rumors of yall being together of yall tracks while telling her to marry her seventh and final husband which was your brother to do almost the same thing you got mad at her about.
Harry was honestly my fave character in this besides Evelyn. I love his friendship with Eve and how he had her back through the years with all her husbands and movies. I love how he understand her since he was gay and none knew about it but Eve. I love how he went along with her schemes and gave her the support she needed. I mean they was so cool with each other that they got married which was her longest marriage and had a kid together even tho their marriage was sort of a ruse since Eve was with Celia and Harry was with Celia’s husband who was also gay. What really made me dislike Harry was his like act which he decide to run his younger lover car into a tree since he was drinking thus killing him and his lover cause his young lover decide to stay with his family and not marry Celia in order to create another ruse. Since he didn’t want to go to Spain with Celia and Eve to raise their daughter there as well. That was one of the most selfish acts Harry did in the whole book and it was honestly unforgivable to me due to the fact Eve actually covered that shit up by putting his young lover in the drivers side and taking him out. After he did that, I started to really not give a damn to whatever happen to the characters. Also all their deaths started to feel like shock factors.
Monique was the only characters that I still liked from the beginning of the book to the end.I love how we get to see her trying to make her way to the top of the journalism /editor field to her struggles with her doomed from the start marriage and dealing with her supportive and loving mother. I was angry with her when she found out the truth about her father’s death which I don’t blame her for pissed off at Evelyn. She was a pretty cool character that I’m glad I was able to read about.
All and All the diversity of the book was the best I have seen in while. I just wish the story didn’t flatten out for me at the end.