Read for the Tropeical Readathon prompt of read a book you previously DNF’d.
I had tried multiple times over the past few years to get into this work. It wasn’t the right time. It was odd because usually when I DNF a book, it isn’t for a timing sort of purpose. Yet, this book was something that I knew I would circle back to when the time was right. I hadn’t ever made it past the first chapter before including both the physical copy at one point as well as the audio.
I approached it this time knowing that this was the perfect time for me to try the audio again. Boy am I glad that I did.
Falling into the story to the point where Evelyn felt real and coming back to the actual world was sort of like coming out of a movie at night when you went in during the day. Disorienting.
When I wasn’t listening I found myself thinking about the story and wanting to get back to it. Taylor Jenkins Reid has such a talent and skill with writing in that she makes you fall into the worlds she creates.
I read Daisy Jones and the Six and felt much the same way as I did here…but I felt even more engaged with this one and found myself wishing the movies discussed were real so I could go watch Celia and Evelyn. Evelyn as a character is messy and flawed and because of that she felt so real.
Crying isn’t a common thing I do during reading, but oh man did I ever cry toward the end. I didn’t see that bombshell coming, but it fit so well and suited the characters perfectly.
That very last sentence was brutal in its simplicity and I wept even harder.
If you haven’t made the time to pick this one up yet, and it is absolutely all about timing I truly believe that, then perhaps you will want to soon. It is absolutely worth it.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
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—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.