Romantic Comedy: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Romantic Comedy: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Title:  Romantic Comedy: A Novel
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher:  Random House
Genre:  Literary Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  300
Date of US Publication:  4 April, 2023
My Rating:   1 Star

My Thoughts 

Full disclosure - if this hadn’t been an ARC, I would have stopped reading by 20%. 

I'm of the dissenting opinion on Romantic Comedy - I simply could not get into the story. The characters held no appeal for me (I downright disliked the MFC) and the premise, a good one, didn’t translate and really fell flat for me. This wasn’t for me. 

Most reviewers love this one, so as always, don't allow my opinion to discourage. 

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for the DRC


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A comedy writer thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions—a “smart, sophisticated, and fun” (Oprah Daily) novel from the author of Eligible, Rodham, and Prep.
“Full of dazzling banter and sizzling chemistry.”—People
“If you ever wanted a backstage pass to Saturday Night Live, this is the book for you.”—Zibby Owens, Good Morning America

Sally Milz is a sketch writer for 
The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every SaturdayWith 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?

With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Curtis Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.


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