author: Taylor Jenkins Reidnarrators: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
setting: Hollywood, NY 1950s-present
Book Rating: 5/5
If you could choose between true love or wealth and Hollywood fame…… Hollywood legend tells all. This book has everything: sexy iconic old Hollywood; gimlets and manhattans and cigarettes; mansions and wealth and fame. Think Marilyn Monroe surviving into old age and deciding to spill all of her deepest secrets. There was something raw and real in this book that spoke to me. Evelyn’s strength and vulnerability were palpable at times and there are pure gems of wisdom to stumble over. Multiple times I had to stop reading to reflect. Other times I had to stop to breathe. TJR masterfully gave one raw punch to the gut after another. This book is unflinchingly honest about personal motives and the decisions we make to protect our public image. I highly recommend this novel and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Peace, love and happy reading!
Audiobook Rating: 5/5 All three of these ladies are very talented! Julia Whelan is a favorite (she blew me away with The Giver of Stars). The whole book was filled with emotion and enjoyable character definition (when a narrator successfully differentiates characters by voice changes, accents, etc).
Food Rating: 2/5 Food was not a priority in this book. Beverages however, were. I had a blast creating drink inspired appetizers for this book and they include some of my favorite recipes! Check them out here.
Evelyn Hugo is coming to television!!! A show is currently in development and if it goes to a series, the cable network Freeform will air it.
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