Its time to say goodbye to March but here am with one more book completed for my PopSugar Reading challenge. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this book since it doesn’t fall under my preferred genre but as part of the challenge it fits perfectly. So here’s my take on it.
Evelyn Hugo Born Evelyn Herrera is a Cuban American who desperately wants to outlive her life in Hell’s kitchen in New York. When she was fourteen she married her first husband as a ticket to Hollywood and there began her long journey to stardom which she achieves albeit with a price. Today after more than six decades of reigning Hollywood and after been a recluse for almost a decade she finally agrees to write her biography with a writer called Monique Grant. Monique isn’t’ your typical star journalist, but an unknown who is still finding her ladder to success. Fresh from a divorce she finds her strength through the stories Evelyn tells her. So why did Evelyn choose her? Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, Monique decides to grab the opportunity only to realise that they have a powerful connection that can be life altering.
The book is an absolute page turner, I will give it that. You are as enthralled by Evelyn as Monique herself is. Its no secret that we want the inside scoop on celebrities. What do they eat? Wear? Whom are they dating? All the good, bad and ugly – bring it on. The uglier the better. From far we never realise that they too are human beings with lives of their own and whats entertainment for us is just plain old life for them. Of course they are no saints – they barter fame for lack of privacy – so its almost a win-win. Here Evelyn Hugo reminds me as a cross between Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Taylor. Everything in this version of Hollywood is done for publicity – which may as well be partially true. You need to give some to get some.
From the time her mother dies when she was fourteen in the 1950s to her superstardom in the 60s and 70s to her reclusive life after the 80s all gives us a glimpse into her life as a star through her seven marriages. Her relationship with all her husbands is just amazing especially with Harry (Best friend) along with Celia (Lover) and Conner (daughter) who brings depth to her though honestly I couldn’t connect with Evelyn but I didn’t judge her for anything she does. Life happens and you do what you can with it. But to be honest it was entertaining as hell which is weird because her life was full of complexities though she was sexy & rich AF. The more complex the more entertaining – how strange. Where as Monique is finally getting her feet firmly on the ground and her transformation is exciting to see. I went in without any expectations but was rewarded with a rich and satisfying story.
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Pros: Pace, Storyline, Characterisation
Cons: could have been few chapters shorter
Bibliogyan Verdict: A highly entertaining and engaging read.