Aging 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 is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
“Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.”
“I’m under absolutely no obligation to make sense to you.”
“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”Evelyn Hugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Let me just tell you, if you have not read this book yet, there is a very, very subtle twist towards the end of the book, which will only click in if you have been paying attention to every small detail throughout the story. This actually made me stop mid read for a couple of seconds while it sank in. I would never have seen that one coming!
Despite her arrogance and the fact that Evelyn knew just how irresistible she was to both men and women, I couldn’t help but like her. Although a lot of the time she seemed to be out for whatever she could get, she did it to better herself and the life that she had before moving to Hollywood. As the story unfolds and we learn more about Evelyn (both young and old) I couldn’t help but admire her character. Even when the twist drops, I still felt it impossible to dislike her.
As I was reading through this book, I thought that it was simply a story within a story, a rags to riches or a romance at best. But the author also managed to get in some other themes of society that were happening through the 1950’s to 1980’s, such as same sex & bi-racial relationships.
If you haven’t already picked up a copy of this book, I highly recommend you do so! It gets 4 hearts from me.