Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. She has the gift of storytelling. All of her books contain artfully constructed webs of plot and tremendously likable characters. This book is pretty wonderful, although it skews a little more towards character development than plot. Evelyn Hugo has been the star of Hollywood for many generations, and she’s finally ready to share her story with the world – including the truth about her seven marriages. She selects Monique Grant seemingly out of nowhere. Through a series of meetings, Monique learns all the intricate details of Evelyn’s life, and the catch is that she has to write Evelyn’s biography or no one will.
The book is written in chapters alternating between Evelyn’s tale, with one chapter per husband, and Evelyn and Monique’s interactions in between. What a life Evelyn had! Wow. Reid has strung together quite a tale in this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s shocking and wonderful and tragic all at the same time. It will not make you envious of Hollywood life. The characters are rich and well developed.
My only complaint about this book is that I could have done without the Monique plot line. I think Evelyn’s story could have stood on its own. That being said, I still loved this book, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s not my favorite TJR book, but it’s still a mastery. It’s only because her other works are so amazing, that I even felt like I couldn’t give this book 5 stars. I needed to differentiate her books a little in my ratings.
Rating: 4 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.