Monique cannot understand why she has been personally requested to conduct the interview of the legendary movie star, Evelyn Hugo for Vivant Magazine. It is not as if she’s made a shining name for herself there. Beside her one truly great piece about assisted suicide, she hasn’t written all that much she’s terribly proud of — but perhaps this is finally her big break. And what a story this should prove to be! Seven husbands! (Monique cannot abide her even one…) This should get someone’s attention…
Taylor Jenkins Reid seems always to employ an inventive method of telling a story. Here it is a story within a story, as we sit side by side with Monique, drinking in Evelyn’s pour. And it enables us to get to know both women, their stories and their struggles, as they get to know each other. And what stories they have to share!
Both characters defy the stereotype, the norm. Evelyn is unapologetically ambitious, which I love seeing in a female heroine. So refreshing! Evelyn Hugo aggressively goes after what she wants, is smart about it, and knows who she is dealing with at all times. And while she suffers consequences of her actions sometimes, she does not wallow in self-pity. She pulls herself up and moves on. She is the ultimate cool, and we love rooting for her.
This is a warm, engaging, and honest read with characters who you will miss as soon as you come to the final page. Even the husbands are ok (well, some of them ..!)