Review by Lee. E
Stay up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers, is a tale of a young wanna-be comedienne (June) who gets tangled up with her former boss and TV-icon, Hugo Best. He spies her doing stand-up in a dank club after his retirement party, invites her to his house in Connecticut, and she agrees to go. They spend the long Memorial Day Weekend together in his glass house that overlooks acres upon acres and hangar full of cars, with his teenage son, and their housekeeper, Ana. After a fateful night on his boat, June learns that she’s no different than any other woman who has ever been in Hugo’s life…other than his mother.
This novel left something to be desired…like a moving plot. The tale was so stagnant that it gave me a headache each time I tried to get into it. The reader is bombarded with so much minute detail about every scene that the natural dialogue and minimal forward motion of the story get lost. Connecting with a character never happened, so I found myself not really caring what happened between June and Hugo. Not being able to get into the book, I skipped to the end and was not at all surprised by it. Typical “crush on your boss, he uses you, you get tossed aside” novel with no heartstrings attached…for the reader or for Hugo.
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