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Publisher's Summary

2018 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, "a genius when it comes to stories about life and love" (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress' relentless rise to the top - the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? 

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career. 

Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late '80s and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds - revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love - Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways. 

Written with Reid's signature talent for "creating complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means - and what it takes - to face the truth. 

©2017 Rabbit Reid, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • BDC
  • 2018-11-21

Enjoyed!

Really enjoyed the pace and narrative of this book. I felt like I really knew the characters by books end and I was sad it was over.

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Perfectly Good But It’s No Daisy Jones

After I gushed about Daisy Jones and the Six (and the incredible audiobook performances), many friends suggested this one and I think my expectations were too high. The wraparound feels a little forced and the performances are a little overacted. I might have enjoyed it more but for the high standards set by Daisy Jones.

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Wow!

Just wow! This audiobook is definitely one of my favs. The narration was incredible and I found myself loving the flawed characters. This was my first TJR book and certainly not my last. I just bought the rest of her audiobooks!

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  • Vee
  • 2019-01-15

good story

interesting story. loved the flawed characters.

a fan of Robin Miles narrations.
I definitely recommend!

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Great Book

This was the first Taylor Jenkins Reid book I read and I’m excited to read more! The narrators were great as well which only added to the story.
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OUT OF THIS WORLD

I keep on listening and listening to this book! Very in love with it!

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I loved it

Evelyn Hugo. She gets under your skin, yet leaves you wanting more. This story had me gripped from the beginning. Taylor Jenkins Reid weaved the past with the present seamlessly. I sympathized with Evelyn (and many of the actors and actresses of that era) and I saw pieces of myself in Monique. It was a great story and will make me seek out more from this author.

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Decent book- would have liked it better if I would have read it, rather than listened to it.

I stuck with this book because of the rave reviews I had seen. It was a fine book. But I really wish I would have read it instead of listening to it as I found the narrator almost unbearable.

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really good story

I thought the narration was really good and the story was very interesting. it was a really good read

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Absolutely incredible

This is 100% worth your time. What an amazing story line, characters, narrator…so captivating! I will go back and listen to this again some day soon. 10/10!

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  • bridget
  • 2018-07-16

I’m not crying, you’re crying

Completely unexpected but also touchingly beautiful. Manages to touch on a number of very difficult subjects while still staying a light read. Bravo.

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  • Taryn
  • 2020-11-15

9 hrs of my life I cant get back

I purchased this book for my bookclub and I could not get all the way to the end of the book. First off the member who suggested it hadn't read it - if she had we never would have chosen it. What is there to discuss?? A messed up actress and the love of her life and all the men she used to get where she was. So liberating......I may have enjoyed this when I was 13 but as a grown woman NO. My review has nothing to do with the sexuality involved, I couldn't care less what your preferences are - it was just pure garbage. There was nothing redeemable about this book and I am going to return it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-03

Not what I expected

After finishing Daisy Jones and the Six, which I really enjoyed, I wanted to hear more by this author. This book was so disappointing! First of all, the publisher was not forthcoming regarding the primary subject matter. Had I known it centered around a lesbian relationship it would not have been my next choice. I struggled with the narration and almost quit listening several times. The plot is predictable with only a slight twist. Just glad I’m finally done with it and can move on to something more interesting!

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  • Dubi
  • 2017-12-31

Five Out of Seven Ain't Bad

Evelyn Hugo was a bombshell movie star in the 1950s and 60s whose career as a celebrity carried on past her prime as an actress. An amalgam of real-life stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and bits of pieces of others, Evelyn Hugo used her physical attributes and street smarts to get to the top, stay on top (mostly), and get back on top when she fell into decline.

A master manipulator who made no bones about it, she knew how to use everyone around her to get her way -- producers, directors, fellow actors, Hollywood media, even neighbors, and most especially her husbands. And to keep her secrets. Even in her last days, in the present day, when she has recused herself from the limelight, Evelyn manipulates the media to reveal her most closely held secrets.

This is without question a fun book. If you like movies, especially the glamorous era in which Evelyn Hugo rose to stardom, this is manna from heaven. You'll be guessing throughout the proceedings as to who Evelyn represents in real life, who the people around her might have been in real life. And you'll even get some thematic depth on a couple of currently relevant topics in addition to the potboiler of a plot.

For me personally, the story faltered slightly in two ways. After a flawless first two-thirds, the last third grew repetitive, as Evelyn started making the same mistakes again. The first four or five husbands were (collectively) a great story, the last couple-three husbands were kind of a shrug. The final reveal perks things up again, but by then the book is just about over.

The other problem is the very thematic depth that makes the book more than just a mindless beach read. In the two main areas of interest (not going to give them away), I was nagged by how Evelyn dealt with them -- one by hiding her her in the sand to protect her career, the other by taking advantage of a situation that many would find heinous to further her fortunes. In addition, there were prominent issues of the era, within the film business and in the world at large, that are virtually ignored.

But that's probably just me -- if you like this kind of thing, you'll love this.

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  • Linda Skowronski
  • 2017-07-29

Wonderful Read!!

Very complicated character with many faults & bad traits yet you can't help but love & feel sorry for her at the same time.
Shed a few tears during the course of the story.....
First time I've read this author but not the last!

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  • Armchair critic
  • 2017-07-10

Supreme storyline

The only thing about this book that didn't ring true was the fact it was fiction. It was very interesting from beginning to end. It has a real kicker at the end. You'll never see it coming. It's worth more than one listen.

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  • Mia
  • 2017-07-29

Taken to Hollywood and never wanted to return!

There aren't words enough to describe how much I loved this audiobook. It hasn't been this difficult for me to put one down in forever, and even as I wasn't listening, I was still thinking of the story and its characters, wondering where it was all leading and what would come next. Alma Cuervo's voice fit perfectly as Evelyn, and as she told the tales of her life, I was enthralled. This book has been the highlight of my reading summer, and I would recommend it to anyone fascinated by Old Hollywood.

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 2018-03-17

Glucose Gluttony

Paraphrasing a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln: 'For those who like this kind of a book, it is just about the kind of a book they would like.'

This was a significant failure in my vetting process, plain and simple.

While reading this novel, over and over I winced or rolled my eyes at the soppy prose that brought to mind the picture of one being force-fed a huge jar of crystallized honey (left in the pantry for the past year plus). I love honey, but crystallized...no, no way. E.g.,

'I loved you so much, that I thought you were the meaning of my life... I thought that people were put on Earth to find other people, and I was put on Earth to find you. To find you, and touch your skin, and smell your breath, and hear all your thoughts....'

The book is also a sugary trove of cliched gems, such as:

'Sometimes reality comes crashing down on you.'

'When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. '

'It felt like water in the desert.'


And schmaltzy advice like, 'You have to find a job that makes your heart feel big instead of one that makes it feel small.'


You shouldn't need any advice if you read the quotes above.


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  • Tsipi Kaplan
  • 2020-04-17

Beach read. I wanted to like it a little more..

It was difficult to like ambitious, and selfish Evelyn Hugo. I enjoyed listening to the book, however the characters were flat and the story somewhat predictable.

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  • Moabchick
  • 2017-08-08

struggled to finish.

it got better as it went along. ended better than I thought it would. a bit predictable / cliche at times.

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  • Júlia Vasques Zacour
  • 2020-07-22

Stunning

The story is absolutely incredible. The way it pictures the characters and their nuances is so close to reality. You end the book loving the people in the book for their flaws as much as their qualities.
Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The performances are amazing, and even though I didn't read the written copy, I suspect audiobook is the best way to enjoy this story.
And what an enjoyment it is!

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2021-06-02

It was such a ride

A really really great book. The love story was so good, the characters so interesting. I loved it !

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  • Andréa Veiga
  • 2020-05-15

Stunning

Absolutely stunning story of ambition, betrayal, devotion, loss and above all, a brilliant story of love. I highly recommend this memorable novel to anyone who believes that there are no absolutes in human nature.