“I spent half my time loving her and the other half hiding how much I loved her.”
Evelyn wanted the world. She wanted money and fame and everything that her mother ever dreamed off, before she died leaving Evelyn alone with her drunkard father.
That didn’t stop her from running away from her abusive father to Hollywood to make her future.
Teenage Evelyn marries a man almost double her age just to get away from where she was living. She knew what she had; a voluptuous body and determination to conquer the world; both the things highly in demand in movie business. And thus Evelyn Herrera became Evelyn Hugo.
She unapologetically pushed her way through Hollywood becoming the top paid actress.
This is the story of Evelyn, and her seven husbands plays mere the supporting actors part. She is the hero of her life.
“I didn’t need boys in order to feel good. And that realization gave me great power.”
She knew what she wanted and she was not afraid to get them; she was ready to pay any price for it. This made Evelyn unstoppable force in the entire novel.
She asks Monique, a journalist to write her biography. But why her? Out of all the best writers, why Monique Grant? With Evelyn, nothing is plain. Everything is extravagant and enigmatic.
Who was it she loved the most out of her seven husbands? Who she settles with in the end when her beauty withered?
Gosh! This book is the best book I have read so far this year. In fact, this book makes to my top 10 favourite books of all-time-list. This book is going to make you laugh, gasp and cry.
I wish I had the courage like Evelyn. Strong, self-driven, bold and raw. If the world was a bull, she decided to take the bull by the horns and tame it. She didn’t regret any decision and took full responsibility of the consequences.
But the Evelyn that you saw so far is ultimately a woman who needs love and family.
“When you write the ending, Monique, make sure the reader understands that all I was ever really looking for was family. Make sure it’s clear that I found it. Make sure they know that I am heartbroken without it.”
This book is about family, friends, ambition. But above all, it’s about love.
I can write on and on about it and might slip some spoilers which I don’t want.
I would just request all of you to read this book and bawl over it.
P.S. I really want a movie to be made on it on the condition that not a single scene, not a single line to be eliminated. I want to see everything about Evelyn Hugo.