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Rating: 5 stars

“It’s always been fascinating to me how things can be simultaneously true and false, how people can be good and bad all in one, how someone can love you in a way that is beautifully selfless while serving themselves ruthlessly.”

I absolutely love this book with all of my heart. I picked this book up, read about 60 pages easily, and then my schedule got a little busy. I picked it up again and nearly finished it in one sitting.

I had to stop and do something else, and I would tell myself, “Okay, this is the last chapter for right now.” And I told myself that lie a lot of times.

I also was reading this novel up until I had to work and I knew if I tried I could finish it because I didn’t want to stop, and I didn’t want to be late for work. I stopped when I had about 20 pages left just so I could savor the ending because I tend to rush the ending of books. I also didn’t want this one to stop.

“…do yourself a favor and learn to grab life by the balls, dear. Don’t be so tied up in trying to do the right thing when the smart thing is so painfully clear.”

I have no words. This book is so wonderful. I believe that it is very accurate of how the acting and famous world was in the 1950’s. I felt like I was actually living in the time, along with Evelyn, and it just kept me going.

I was intrigued the entire time I was reading. I kept wondering who her next husband was, what is their story? I also loved her inter-mixed story with Celia. Their relationship was so rocky, heart-wrenching but so raw and real. I won’t give any spoilers about her relationships because you should read it for yourself and uncover the truths.

I felt for Evelyn. Whenever something bad happened, I got a little annoyed but that’s because I wanted the best for Evelyn. And that also means that the author has developed a well-made character and storyline for her, which I appreciate.

I also really like the tie-in with Monique, although she is actually hardly in the book, it still leaves a big enough imprint into the books itself. Also, I didn’t see the connection between why Evelyn specifically chose her, coming, so that was another good tie-in.

Overall, this is one of my favorite books of all time. I also really liked the over-all messages in this story, and I think all you should read this book.

“When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things. If you learn one thing from me, it should probably be that.”

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