Evelyn’s story is full of pain, passion, and romance, but more importantly it tells a story of ones life, all the ups and downs, the heartache and pain. I particularly enjoy this story because it shows real life aspects in what people go through day to day, but also how Evelyn went through it and coped with situations being a highly publicized individual. She’s had to hide her identity of being a woman of color. She’s had to deal with being a bisexual and hiding her sexuality. Just a fair warning that some people might take offense to this book because it deals with homophobia, racism, adultery, abortion, and death. If these things offend you or your a highly offensive person then I suggest you don’t read it, but if you do, you have to be open that times were different back in the day, a lot of things weren’t acceptable and if you came out as a certain person you were cast out as a pariah or it could’ve gotten you killed. I absolutely loved this story and a hundred percent vote for this book to be made into a movie. I’ve always wanted to see behind the scenes of starlets like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe and how their life was like away from the cameras, and we get that with the fiction story of Evelyn Hugo. It’s like a story of all the Hollywood starlets wrapped up in one woman. Sometimes the reasons why she married some of her husbands were ridiculous but sometimes necessary for her fame and namesake. At a time she hit rock bottom and had to start all over again to make a name for herself, not everyone could make a comeback like she did. I especially like this story because both of our main characters are women of color, Evelyn being Cuban and Monique being a biracial woman of African American and Caucasian heritage. They are both strong women, and I particularly like Evelyn because it was no easy feat having to hide who your truly are for the sake of your career. The author did so great with the description of how life was like during that time, it actually felt as thought I was reading a biography of a real person. So I must say that I love love this book and would love to see it as a movie on Lifetime, Netflix, Showtime, or in the theater. I definitely know this, that if its anywhere on the big screens I’m sure it will get rave reviews.
Young Evelyn Hugo-Camilla Belle
Older Evelyn Hugo- Raquel Welch
Monique Grant- Grace Byers
Young Celia St. James- Lily Cole
Older Celia St. James -Julianne Moore