Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Length: 400 pages (UK Paperback Edition)
“Reclusive Hollywood 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 to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.
Determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s – and, of course, the seven husbands along the way – Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. But as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”
What I liked
I absolutely adored the characters in this book. Reid has created a diverse group of characters with complex characterisations and real struggles and discriminations. There was so much character development throughout the story in both the past and the present and I loved it.
I loved Evelyn Hugo as the protagonist because she presents a person with a perfect outward image, but a far from perfect reality.
Harry was my favourite character in the novel because he was so sweet and such a good friend. Harry is the kind of person that most people would want in their life.
There was a sense of mystery throughout the plot which made the book so gripping that I was physically unable to put the book down. I just needed to know why Evelyn Hugo hired Monique! My favourite part had to be the big reveal towards the end of the novel. It was dramatic and satisfying.
I felt that there was a great dynamic between the past and the present throughout this book and I loved reading about the contrasting settings of old Hollywood and present-day New York. I also really enjoyed reading about the very different, but still a bit similar, lifestyles of Evelyn and Monique.
This story made me feel so many emotions. It made me laugh, it made me sad and it made me frustrated. A sign of a truly good book.
Anything I Didn’t Like?
There wasn’t anything huge that I didn’t like, maybe just the way that Celia could be rather manipulative at times but I also think that this character trait was quite necessary for the plot and character development.
This is by far my favourite book that I have read so far this year. I think that this is the perfect book for people who read YA but want to dip their toes into adult fiction.
Let me know what your favourite historical fiction reads are on the comments. Thanks for reading!