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Stay Up with Hugo Best

Narrated by: Sarah Steele
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An incredibly timely, terrifically witty, and moving debut about a young writers’ assistant on a late-night comedy show and what transpires when she accepts an invitation from its enigmatic host to spend a long weekend at his mansion in Connecticut.

June Bloom is a broke, cynical 29-year-old writers’ assistant on the late-night comedy show Stay Up with Hugo Best. Hugo Best is in his 60s, a beloved icon of TV and humor, and a notorious womanizer. After he unexpectedly retires and a party is held for his now-unemployed staff, June ends up at a dive bar for an open-mic night and prepares for the sad return to the anonymous comedian lifestyle. What she’s not prepared for is a run-in with Hugo at that dive bar. Nor for the invitation that swiftly follows: Hugo asks June to come to his mansion in Greenwich for the long Memorial Day weekend. “No funny business,” he insists.

June, in need of a job and money, confident she can handle herself, but secretly harboring the remains of a childhood crush on the charming older comedian and former role model, accepts. The exact terms of the visit are never spelled out, but June is realistic and clear-eyed enough to guess. Even so, as the weekend unfolds and the enigmatic Hugo gradually reveals himself, their dynamic proves to be much more complicated and less predictable than she expected.

At once hilarious and poignant, brilliantly incisive, and terrifically propulsive, Stay Up with Hugo Best is an incredibly timely exploration of sexual politics in the #MeToo age and the unforgettable story of one young woman’s poignant stumbling into adulthood. 

©2019 Erin Somers (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Surprisingly absorbing and fun

This novel is surprisingly reflective and funny. The details and strong ironic Millennial voice make it both vivid and compelling.

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Terrible read

Listened for hour then gave up no story was not enjoyable had to return it

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Waste of time

This book was anticlimactic and extremely dry. Very hard to get through. There was no actual plot.

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Not a favorite

Had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't really connect with the narrator, not a lot of emotion went into it. Thought I would like it more than I did, but I didn't. I wanted to though.

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Boring

After a couple hours I had to ask myself, “Why am I still listening to this?” Narrator is okay, but the story is dull.