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⏲ Read time: 3-5 minutes
Who is Evelyn Hugo, and why did she pick unknown journalist Monique Grant to write her tell-all?
And especially now? Monique isn’t exactly killing it in her personal life, with her husband David leaving for a job in San Francisco and her career at Vivant halted at a frustrating standstill. But yet, Evelyn reached out to have her illustrate the Hollywood scarlet’s life and the infamous seven husbands.
But there’s one catch: It’s Monique or no deal at all.
Seeing this as her claim to fame, Monique decides to embrace the fact that the Evelyn Hugo picked her. Meeting in her downtown apartment, Monique quickly discovers that she has to get the narrative right. Evelyn doesn’t want to be made a martyr, but rather showcase that she isn’t a great person. In fact, she’s done a lot of questionable things that some would maybe consider her the scum of the earth.
But she’d do it all over again, every mistake, every regret. She wouldn’t change a thing about her life.
The more we learn about Evelyn’s history, I couldn’t help but feel slighting empowered by her: Here was a woman who did whatever it took to make it Hollywood, making the right connections to become a force to be reckoned with. She was a woman who knew what she wanted, and would do whatever it took to accomplish it, if even it meant divorcing and marrying a man for status, seven times.
If you think this is a story about a woman enduring seven separate heartbreaks through her divorces, then you’re absolutely wrong. This story is everything but whatever preconceived notion you might of had of a woman with seven husbands, but rather, a story of loving someone you shouldn’t in the wrong place, wrong time. As is life, right?
There’s absolutely no way that I could even begin to spoil this story, so I highly recommend picking it up. I truly think you won’t be disappointed, even if this isn’t your preferred genre.
I had read (or actually listened to) Forever Interrupted by Jenkins Reid and I remember loving her writing style. It was captivating how she told a story and it made you want to get fully lost in it. I blazed through this, spending an entire afternoon reading more than 200 pages just to finish because I couldn’t put it down!
Jenkins Reid had a way of keeping readers on their toes, throwing curveball left and right. Once she explained why Monique had to write the story, I remember audibly gasping. When Evelyn hinted how she found Monique’s piece she wrote about someone’s right-to-die, I remember having the somber moment of realization, and then acceptance of her own decision. It was a weird serving of poetic justice and I really appreciated that.
I was truly engrossed with this story, loving every second of it. This was one of my favorite recent reads, if not the best read of 2018 and I will add more of Jenkins Reid stories to my To-Read list as well as my list of favorite authors.
Rating: 4 out of 5