Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the "older person helps younger person reach the potential they had all along" trope or Framing Devices in novels.
Monique's part in the story felt contrived. It really only served the idea of the narrative while adding some padding. It just didn't work for me. Most of her development was obvious from the start and I found it tedious.
I still have no idea what was up with the twist ending and was not amused. It served no real purpose other than to be shocking.
That said, I absolutely adored Evelyn's story. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book and I'm glad for it. No punches are pulled when it comes to what it meant to become a glamorous movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The tabloid inserts were brilliant and I wish there had been more! Evelyn is various parts Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gabor, and Rita Hayworth (and many others). She is a strong character from the start. She knows what she wants and goes after it, even when the means are less than savory.
This book was fabulous. I love old Hollywood and this one gets it just right.