Stay Up with Hugo Best

Stay Up with Hugo Best

Erin Somers / Jun 26, 2019

Stay Up with Hugo Best An incredibly timely terrifically witty and moving debut about a young writer s assistant on a late night comedy show and what transpires when she accepts an invitation from its enigmatic host to spe

  • Title: Stay Up with Hugo Best
  • Author: Erin Somers
  • ISBN: 1982102357
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An incredibly timely, terrifically witty and moving debut about a young writer s 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 twenty nine year old writer s assistant on the late night comedy show, Stay Up with Hugo Best H An incredibly timely, terrifically witty and moving debut about a young writer s 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 twenty nine year old writer s assistant on the late night comedy show, Stay Up with Hugo Best Hugo Best is in his sixties, 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 272 pages Expected publication April 2nd 2019 by Scribner More Details ISBN 1982102357 ISBN13 9781982102357 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers Author Release date Apr 02, 2019 Enter for a chance to win an ARC of one of this year s funniest and most anticipated debuts Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Releases I m Excited About 49 books 43 voters Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 162 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 13, 2019 Fran rated it liked it June Bloom, 29 years old, was a writing assistant for Stay Up with Hugo Best , a late night comedy show June lived with a roommate in a Brooklyn neighborhood both charmless and in flux She had slowly worked her way up from audience page to writers assistant for her childhood crush, Hugo Best This beloved TV comedian and womanizer unexpectedly announced his last show and upcoming retirement.June is now unemployed It will be back to open mics in shady environs, playing to mostly empty cha June Bloom, 29 years old, was a writing assistant for Stay Up with Hugo Best , a late night comedy show June lived with a roommate in a Brooklyn neighborhood both charmless and in flux She had slowly worked her way up from audience page to writers assistant for her childhood crush, Hugo Best This beloved TV comedian and womanizer unexpectedly announced his last show and upcoming retirement.June is now unemployed It will be back to open mics in shady environs, playing to mostly empty chairs or customers ignoring her presence on stage The Birds and the Bees is one such establishment Hugo Best happens upon June Bloom at this club Surprisingly, Hugo realizes that she has worked on his show and invites her to spend Memorial Day Weekend at his Connecticut mansion He promises no funny business What are June s expectations for this special weekend with an iconic comedian June was trying to discover her niche Approaching 30 years of age, she hadn t found her true direction in life Being in a chauffeured car all of a sudden was a shock to the system akin to jet lag I felt transported across time zones This must be the good life Hugo Best, seemingly magnetic and charismatic, had planned a Memorial Day Retirement Party to be attended by his friends including comedy people, actresses, models and neighbors Who will be in attendance Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers is the story of two individuals striving for self worth June feels she should have arrived Stand up comedy is arguably lonely and unsettling Hugo is unsettled as well Life as he knew it has changed Thank you Scribner and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Stay Up with Hugo Best flag 38 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 27, 2019 Jessica Woodbury rated it liked it Shelves arc A wry and meditative novel about fame and the proximity to it June is an aspiring comedian at the very bottom of the totem pole at a late night talk show hosted by famed comedian Hugo Best After Hugo s run on the show ends, meaning they re both out of a job, the sixty something Hugo invites 29 year old June to his Connecticut mansion for the weekend even though they ve barely spoken before What follows isn t quite what you expect, but it s also not all that far off, as June tags along on a co A wry and meditative novel about fame and the proximity to it June is an aspiring comedian at the very bottom of the totem pole at a late night talk show hosted by famed comedian Hugo Best After Hugo s run on the show ends, meaning they re both out of a job, the sixty something Hugo invites 29 year old June to his Connecticut mansion for the weekend even though they ve barely spoken before What follows isn t quite what you expect, but it s also not all that far off, as June tags along on a couple of days in Hugo s life.What Somers has to say about comedy, fame, and the sad lot of the many low level strivers is interesting enough but June herself doesn t quite come into focus By being 29 and not 19, we know she is smart enough to know what she is getting into when she accepts Hugo s invitation It s probably not surprising how at a remove from it all June is, but June is one of those protagonists that s becoming and common, especially in these Young New Yorker novels She has a goal, she knows what she wants to be, and yet she doesn t seem all that invested in it She continues to float along, making you wonder why she cares about comedy at all We know she likes it when people find her funny, but there s little of her investment in herself This is a common theme these days, and Somers does with it here than most do June s role as fame adjacent but without any actual responsibilities or artistic investment is a prime spot to analyze millennial ennui But I hoped for from June This isn t a laugh out loud funny kind of book, observational and quiet But I raced through it in two sittings so it s an easy one to get through flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2018 Andrienne rated it it was amazing Though set in NY and Connecticut, this tale could easily have happened in Los Angeles High powered aging celebrity invites an attractive underling to his mansion We all know how the story goes Quite timely with what s happening with all these metoo movement Instead of a one dimensional take, this debut really digs deep I was completely invested in the story Every quip and observation feels real This was probably as close as I can get to being at a celeb mansion observing what all those r Though set in NY and Connecticut, this tale could easily have happened in Los Angeles High powered aging celebrity invites an attractive underling to his mansion We all know how the story goes Quite timely with what s happening with all these metoo movement Instead of a one dimensional take, this debut really digs deep I was completely invested in the story Every quip and observation feels real This was probably as close as I can get to being at a celeb mansion observing what all those rich and powerful men can do or get away with minus the ick factor Well played debut Thanks to the publisher for access to advance copy flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Jamie rated it liked it Shelves arcs Review to come flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Mary Keane rated it it was amazing This novel is moving and felt so true And funny I kept it within reaching distance for days and read whenever I had a moment I haven t done that in a long time I loved it flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2018 Rachel Watkins rated it liked it Shelves arc, scribner, simon schuster, coming of age June Bloom grew up idolizing Hugo Best s comedic talent, despite his reputation as a womanizer But landing her dream job as a writer s assistant on his late night show has been than anticlimactic Unexpectedly invited to Hugo s house for the Memorial Day weekend, June feels she knows what s she getting herself into The four days that follow are funny, sad, glamorous and not at all what June expects flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Sara Batkie added it I really enjoyed spending time with this book Every page has something on it that sparkles, whether that s a line of dialogue, an arresting description, or a character s random musings Somers has a really good grasp on a certain kind of New York aspiring artist, people who often aren t locals to the city and come with expectations that seem almost perversely difficult to achieve who have a knowing, ambivalent relationship with fame but still yearn for it who make compromises for outsized opp I really enjoyed spending time with this book Every page has something on it that sparkles, whether that s a line of dialogue, an arresting description, or a character s random musings Somers has a really good grasp on a certain kind of New York aspiring artist, people who often aren t locals to the city and come with expectations that seem almost perversely difficult to achieve who have a knowing, ambivalent relationship with fame but still yearn for it who make compromises for outsized opportunities that never quite deliver what they hope I ve been that person, and still sometimes am, so it was both nostalgic and a little painful to follow along with June as she blunders her way through this long weekend with her hero ambiguous crush object Make time for this one when it s out next spring flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2018 Karly rated it liked it I thought I would love this book about an aging late night talk show host and a young writer who works on his show Although funny at times, I wanted it to be lighthearted and less serious No doubt it was well written, and if you are a fan of old comedy acts, you may very well enjoy it than I did But for me it was sad and a little depressing flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Runwright rated it it was ok Shelves own I won an ARC in a giveaway and liked the cover right away The plot surrounds a young female staff member who gets invited to spend the weekend with her former boss, a kind of fictional character based on real life comic David Letterman, when his popular late night talk show ends I struggled for deeper meaning to the play by play weekend recap and balked at the story s resolution Since this ARC was printed several months before publication date, with enough time for the editors to wo I won an ARC in a giveaway and liked the cover right away The plot surrounds a young female staff member who gets invited to spend the weekend with her former boss, a kind of fictional character based on real life comic David Letterman, when his popular late night talk show ends I struggled for deeper meaning to the play by play weekend recap and balked at the story s resolution Since this ARC was printed several months before publication date, with enough time for the editors to work their magic, I would like to note that this preliminary review won t necessarily reflect the finished book and invite you to make your own assessment when you read it flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Darren rated it it was amazing I got this as a e book from Net Galley I enjoyed reading it It had a good story to it I liked the variety of characters in it It is my first book read by this author I find this book would make a good comedy drama movie I hope to read books by this author flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Marji Morris rated it liked it Shelves contemporary, general, giveaway, new adult, women s interests This novel takes place pretty much all in one weekend It s sort of a coming of age book, except June Bloom is 29, long past where she should have come of age It s sort of an end of innocence book, and it offers a depressing look at an entertainer long past his prime June s had a crush on comedian Hugo Best ever since she was a kid As an adult, she gets a job at the studio that produces his talk show, and verrrrrrry slowly works her way up to writers assistant While Hugo doesn t quite hold This novel takes place pretty much all in one weekend It s sort of a coming of age book, except June Bloom is 29, long past where she should have come of age It s sort of an end of innocence book, and it offers a depressing look at an entertainer long past his prime June s had a crush on comedian Hugo Best ever since she was a kid As an adult, she gets a job at the studio that produces his talk show, and verrrrrrry slowly works her way up to writers assistant While Hugo doesn t quite hold up his image as well close up as in her mind, the desire to get close to him lingers Then the show folds and they are all out of a job Depressed, Hugo invites her to his home for Memorial Day weekend And she goes.June is unprepared for what she finds there, and eventually realizes she is the adult Thanks to the publishers for this advance copy flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Jamie rated it really liked it This was me while reading this book when I was away from it, not actively engaged with the words on the page, I kept saying, Why is this book As in, what purpose does this book have in the world But then when I was reading it I was SO INTO IT I m still pretty torn now that I ve finished I think I needed this to be a overt satire or a grounded reality, but instead it splits the difference I almost wish June, the narrator, was a little less fleshed out or, conversely, I wish This was me while reading this book when I was away from it, not actively engaged with the words on the page, I kept saying, Why is this book As in, what purpose does this book have in the world But then when I was reading it I was SO INTO IT I m still pretty torn now that I ve finished I think I needed this to be a overt satire or a grounded reality, but instead it splits the difference I almost wish June, the narrator, was a little less fleshed out or, conversely, I wish that Hugo had been finely sketched The thinly veiled homages and send ups of real life folks like Leno, Letterman, Howard Stern, even an amalgam of Trevor Noah and Aziz Ansari the way I took it at least made this feel like it wanted to be satirical But then we have moments like June with her fellow writer Julian, a scene that had my heart in my throat even though it was SO arch and they were SO performative with one another, but the honesty that slid through the cracks of their disaffection was heartbreaking and wonderful I have a while to think on this one, but as of right now I m not sure how I m going to sell it, except to be honest as I have been with my whole staff and say that I can t get my head around this and sometimes those are the best books flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Eva rated it really liked it June Bloom, a young assistant writer on a late night talk show called Stay Up with Hugo Best is working hard to satisfy her own aspirations and those of her demanding parents One night she bumps into the star of the show, Hugo Best, outside of a small club After a small discussion she is invited to stay with him at his private home in Connecticut for the Memorial Day Weekend June doesn t know exactly why she is invited and while she has a had distant attraction to the star for a while, sh June Bloom, a young assistant writer on a late night talk show called Stay Up with Hugo Best is working hard to satisfy her own aspirations and those of her demanding parents One night she bumps into the star of the show, Hugo Best, outside of a small club After a small discussion she is invited to stay with him at his private home in Connecticut for the Memorial Day Weekend June doesn t know exactly why she is invited and while she has a had distant attraction to the star for a while, she doesn t know how this would translate to real life What does it mean to be invited for a weekend away What expectations are held and by whom In the era of the metoo movement, one in which women are slowly beginning to feel empowered emotionally, physically and sexually, men had better know that things that once worked for them will no longer By now you are probably thinking you know the storyline this book will follow but you might not The only way to find out Is to read it I hope you enjoy this fresh and cleverly written novel as much as I did flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Drew rated it really liked it A slim hazy weekend of a book, one that pulls you in and along too fast to really think too hard about it until the inevitable Monday of an ending looms over the horizon This isn t quite the sexual thriller you might expect it to be, nor is it quite so humorous as it first appears It s something far complicated, and perhaps it s because Somers doesn t spell it out for the reader that it ends up being a successful book for those complications Yes, there are questions of entitled olde A slim hazy weekend of a book, one that pulls you in and along too fast to really think too hard about it until the inevitable Monday of an ending looms over the horizon This isn t quite the sexual thriller you might expect it to be, nor is it quite so humorous as it first appears It s something far complicated, and perhaps it s because Somers doesn t spell it out for the reader that it ends up being a successful book for those complications Yes, there are questions of entitled older men behaving badly, of the way they set poor examples for younger men, of the ways in which the comedy industry and the TV industry are flawed, the ways in which we don t really see each other as human let alone when one of the people in an equation is a celebrity It s a sad book without being SAD, a funny book without being FUNNY and worth your read over some weekend So long as you finish before that Monday comes flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Lorri Steinbacher rated it really liked it Comedy is not always funny Do not go into this book thinking you re getting a light comedy or a book about the sordid underbelly of late night TV, because you will be disappointed What you will get is a meditation on struggling to find your identity when your identity is synonymous with your fame as it is in Hugo s case and when you feel like your identity should already be set and you re still trying to figure yourself out as it is in June s case Somers handles the relationship between Comedy is not always funny Do not go into this book thinking you re getting a light comedy or a book about the sordid underbelly of late night TV, because you will be disappointed What you will get is a meditation on struggling to find your identity when your identity is synonymous with your fame as it is in Hugo s case and when you feel like your identity should already be set and you re still trying to figure yourself out as it is in June s case Somers handles the relationship between Hugo and June perfectly and while there will probably be readers who disagree, I think the ending was perfect.Recommended for readers who Like books with the action constrained by a specific time period a weekend and setting Don t care if the characters are not always likable Are interested in the darker aspects as comedy flag Like see review Nov 26, 2018 Jessica Sorentino rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, light fiction Stay Up with Hugo Best is one of those books that takes the harshness of reality and puts a light hearted spin on it June, the main character and narrator, loses her job in NYC on a famous comedy show, and reenters the world of unemployment She has an egocentric older boss who shows interest in her and the gut feeling of craving fame, wealth and her reality that she has nothing to lose, so she spends Memorial Day Weekend with him It s raw, funny and a little sad, but most of all, it s a good Stay Up with Hugo Best is one of those books that takes the harshness of reality and puts a light hearted spin on it June, the main character and narrator, loses her job in NYC on a famous comedy show, and reenters the world of unemployment She has an egocentric older boss who shows interest in her and the gut feeling of craving fame, wealth and her reality that she has nothing to lose, so she spends Memorial Day Weekend with him It s raw, funny and a little sad, but most of all, it s a good read and I recommend it for those who like NYC books, power dynamics and reading about the overall climate of 2018 flag Like see review Dec 15, 2018 Erica Sage rated it liked it What I liked about this book 1 I d just finished Amy Shumer s book, so this was a great pairing So much in this book complemented that one in terms of comedy 2 The way Stay Up addressed some recent social media issues 3 How, in the end, it reminded me a bit of The Great Gatsby That said, there were times when the description ran long, and I found myself hoping for some dialogue or a plot event flag Like see review Sep 27, 2018 Rachel rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley reviews, kindle Thank you kindly to NetGalley for gracing me with an advance copy of this novel You know How everything that seems like it s going to be fun ends up being tense and sort of terrible How nothing really lives up to its promise I found this novel to be evocative but ultimately very frustrating Somers ability to capture a very specific tone is really quite remarkable she somehow is able to precisely nail that horrible feeling that one gets during a social gathering where one doesn t really be Thank you kindly to NetGalley for gracing me with an advance copy of this novel You know How everything that seems like it s going to be fun ends up being tense and sort of terrible How nothing really lives up to its promise I found this novel to be evocative but ultimately very frustrating Somers ability to capture a very specific tone is really quite remarkable she somehow is able to precisely nail that horrible feeling that one gets during a social gathering where one doesn t really belong, is trying to fake it anyway, and is wretchedly and mercilessly called out on this fact To be frank, I absolutely loathed getting this feeling while reading I was very uncomfortable and for this reason, had to give it two stars Stay Up with Hugo Best was also not at all humorous, as advertised, but instead full of gravitas and at times bordered on depressing I had no inkling of the motivations of any of its characters.I would be interested in reading Somers approach to a different topic flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Dana Czapnik rated it it was amazing I loved this book I could not put it down It s funny, dark, unexpected, sexy, and uncomfortable in the best way June Bloom is caustic, sardonic, hilarious, and a self aware self saboteur Sometimes we do things to ourselves that we know are bad for us but we do them anyway, perhaps it s inertia, or curiosity, or self hatred, or all three Stay Up With Hugo Best is an incredibly sharp examination of that impulse, as well as a sly satire of our obsession with fame Loved it flag Like see review Jan 11, 2019 Lisa rated it liked it I m not sure I know what to think about this book It left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but I can t really put my finger on why It s not that it wasn t well written, but I guess I didn t enjoy what the book was about at its essence I do think it was a thoughtful commentary on the metoo movement It was just kind of the opposite of a feel good read Not that that s a negative thing, but just not what I was looking for flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 James Beggarly rated it it was amazing After twenty five years the late night talk show, Staying Up with Hugo Best, goes off the air The star of the show invites a young writer s assistant to stay at his house for the weekend They flirt, joke, drink and fight as they both try to figure out what their lives will be without the show A fun and genuinely funny book sprinkled with just the right amount of melancholy flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Castille rated it liked it Review to come, at SometimesSnarky.home Note the description is misleading and you will be disappointed if you re looking for a debaucherous comedy This is of a melancholic character study of an aging comedian, along the lines of Funny People Adam Sandler flag Like see review Oct 23, 2018 Laura rated it really liked it Quick read with very interesting characters flag Like see review Jan 12, 2019 Janet rated it really liked it Shelves arc, have met or will meet author, siba aba bea, whatiwanttoread I laughed at least once every few pages This is a quick, enjoyable read 3.5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 10, 2018 Teresa rated it it was ok Good read for a long and rainy weekend.Enjoyable flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Alison rated it it was ok Well written, but basically a book about nothing flag Like see review Oct 24, 2018 Karen Moore rated it really liked it I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.No spoilers, but I will say that it has a great ending I recommended this to my Friends flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Tianna Moxley rated it it was amazing Shelves all time favorites, reviewed Witty and endearing, Stay up with Hugo Best is a rare example of a novel that will be ubiquitously loved A nontraditional bildungsroman, a complicated story of admiration, and an insider s look at the lucrative business of late night television, every facet of it is unexpected and wonderful Somers is an expert at influencing the emotions of her readers, and by the time you turn the last page, you will feel as if you, too, have spent the weekend with Hugo Best flag Like see review Lesley rated it it was amazing May 15, 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Leith Devine rated it liked it I wanted to love this book but ended up just sort of liking it I was frustrated with the characters and their behavior and ultimately disappointed in June s behavior The book was well written but the topic depressed me in light of the metoo movement publicity of late.Thanks to Scribner and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Please delete this book 3 29 Aug 30, 2018 04 09PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. June Bloom, 29 years old, was a writing assistant for Stay Up with Hugo Best , a late night comedy show June lived with a roommate in a Brooklyn neighborhood both charmless and in flux She had slowly worked her way up from audience page to writers assistant for her childhood crush, Hugo Best This beloved TV comedian and womanizer unexpectedly announced his last show and upcoming retirement.June is now unemployed It will be back to open mics in shady environs, playing to mostly empty cha June Blo [...]


    2. A wry and meditative novel about fame and the proximity to it June is an aspiring comedian at the very bottom of the totem pole at a late night talk show hosted by famed comedian Hugo Best After Hugo s run on the show ends, meaning they re both out of a job, the sixty something Hugo invites 29 year old June to his Connecticut mansion for the weekend even though they ve barely spoken before What follows isn t quite what you expect, but it s also not all that far off, as June tags along on a co A [...]


    3. Though set in NY and Connecticut, this tale could easily have happened in Los Angeles High powered aging celebrity invites an attractive underling to his mansion We all know how the story goes Quite timely with what s happening with all these metoo movement Instead of a one dimensional take, this debut really digs deep I was completely invested in the story Every quip and observation feels real This was probably as close as I can get to being at a celeb mansion observing what all those r Though [...]



    4. This novel is moving and felt so true And funny I kept it within reaching distance for days and read whenever I had a moment I haven t done that in a long time I loved it.


    5. June Bloom grew up idolizing Hugo Best s comedic talent, despite his reputation as a womanizer But landing her dream job as a writer s assistant on his late night show has been than anticlimactic Unexpectedly invited to Hugo s house for the Memorial Day weekend, June feels she knows what s she getting herself into The four days that follow are funny, sad, glamorous and not at all what June expects.


    6. I really enjoyed spending time with this book Every page has something on it that sparkles, whether that s a line of dialogue, an arresting description, or a character s random musings Somers has a really good grasp on a certain kind of New York aspiring artist, people who often aren t locals to the city and come with expectations that seem almost perversely difficult to achieve who have a knowing, ambivalent relationship with fame but still yearn for it who make compromises for outsized opp I r [...]


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