Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers
2.75 out of 5
“Stay Up With Hugo Best” is a novel that takes place over a short period of time when aging comedian talk-show host propositions his writer’s assistant to spend a weekend with him (no pressure for sex though) after his talk-show wraps.
The book covers a lot of interesting themes (i.e. aging celebrity’s retirement – was it voluntary or forced?; political correctness in comedy; lifestyles of the rich and the famous; ageism; etc) which are done well at times and at other times, a bit cringe.
I thought that the author relied too much on banter between the protagonist and Hugo Best to the extent that it was difficult to feel anything for them when a significant moment occurred because it was treated so flippantly by the characters.
I love banter in books but sometimes it can become detrimental to character development and it takes me away from the progression of the story.
Overall, I still thought it was a fun and worthwhile read but it wasn’t something that I’d necessarily recommend to anyone as anything other than a shallow beach read.
I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.