Evelyn always leaves you hoping you’ll get just a little bit more. And she always denies you.”
I thought we might start with how Evelyn was a charm. First of all, thank God for striking book covers and title since they wake up my curiosity, who is this Evelyn Hugo? Why so many husbands? All these got me to read my first Taylor Reid book.
About the book:
Taylor had two major characters in the book Monique and Evelyn. The only difference is, one of the two learns life lessons from the other changing her norm to becoming a better person which is *drumrolls please* Monique Grant.
Evelyn Hugo is a major icon since the 50’s an actress who takes up roles that leave her audience in awe and an excruciating beautiful woman. She uses a magazine to get to a journalist, Monique Grant ready to tell her story, the beautiful, the ugly of her Hollywood life before she passes on. Most importantly some truth that can bring Monique piece of mind. Evelyn’s goal was her truth to come out people who have always thought they’ve known her to truly get who she really is and how she became Evelyn Hugo.
My take on this book:
When I finished it, my first reaction was ‘whoa haven’t been captivated like this in a while‘ I was invested in Evelyn’s life. I’m not kidding saying that every time I paused reading for a couple of hours, I’d miss the book like some sort of series I’m following. That’s how enticing her story is, dawning on me like ‘so this is how messed up Hollywood actually is?’
Reid really brought it all out, the scandal. People can go above and beyond to get what they really want because, at the end of the day, it’s your happiness that really matters and the people you love whom you consider family.
With each of Evelyn’s marriage, there are lessons from her first love to the love of her life, I truly admired her, her resilience, ambition, smart and calculated made me wish that she wasn’t just a book character (I’m her fan though). The only downside of her character was, she didn’t make the best decision but that’s what she thought suited her at the time she had to what she had to since that’s what ambitious people do.
LGBTQ is vastly brought up in the book the ’50s, the ’60s, 70’s ’80s and ’90s wasn’t a very good time to be out of the closet, it was painful to read what people had to go through, going lengths to hide who they really were. Reading about it and seeing how things have changed, its good to be in this century after all.
Would I recommend this?
Of course, I would I want everybody’s heart to race like mine did when I read some of the narrations. It was obvious Taylor did her research and nothing is amiss. The plans, schemes were so premeditated that it all makes sense till the end of the story. Its historical fiction reading what the other centuries were like is just thrilling.
My fave quotes:
“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth when you can show yourself to them when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.”
“Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.”
“I’m under absolutely no obligation to make sense to you.”