G. Bianco, 2019
When an amazing ARC (that comes out on April 4th) is also a Book of the Month and Reese’s Book Club Pick, then that should be convincing enough for you to read it right? Well if none of that works, then maybe my review of Curtis Siittenfeld’s Romantic Comedy will!
Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every Saturday. With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she’s long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather to round out a satisfying life. But when Sally’s friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actress who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show—and in society at large—who’ve gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule, poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman. Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week’s show. Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder if there might actually be sparks flying. But this isn’t a romantic comedy—it’s real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her . . . right?
At first glance, the title seems very obvious, but Romantic Comedy is more than just a romantic comedy! The shifting of writing styles helped make the novel more dynamic and engaging. The novel’s three parts differ in storytelling styles and these shifts not only helps the story move quicker and keep the reader engaged, but also gives the reader the opportunity to get to know both characters and their backstories better.
This book was oddly nostalgic also? Actually, I think a better word would be “reminiscent” since I don’t think anyone is nostalgic for 2020! But having some of this book set during 2020 made it oddly relatable.
If you’re looking for an unconventional celebrity romance with SNL vibes and startling relatability, read this book!
*I received an ARC from Random House in exchange for my honest opinion.
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