Romantic Comedy, the latest novel by New York Times-bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld, is a charming, quirky, and heartwarming tale that captures the humor and complexity of modern relationships. Sittenfeld’s portrayal of Sally Milz, a successful comedy writer grappling with her own expectations of love and romance, offers a refreshing take on the age-old question of whether love can truly conquer all.
The story revolves around Sally, who works for the live late-night comedy show “The Night Owls,” reminiscent of Saturday Night Live. Jaded by past heartbreaks, she has abandoned the search for love and opted for a fulfilling career and a close relationship with her stepfather. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she meets Noah Brewster, a swoon-worthy pop star with a reputation for dating models. As they work together, Sally can’t help but question if love might be in the cards for her after all.
Romantic Comedy also offers an intriguing look at life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sittenfeld seamlessly weaves this context into the story, creating a relatable backdrop for readers who have lived through these challenging times.
While the novel has its share of awkward moments, it’s hard not to find it endearing by the end. Sittenfeld’s keen observations and skillful writing bring the characters to life, exploring the complexities of love, romance, and gender relations with humor and heart.
In conclusion, Romantic Comedy is a delightful and insightful read that will resonate with anyone who has navigated the often-awkward world of modern dating and relationships. With its refreshing blend of humor and heartfelt emotion, this novel earns a solid 3/5 stars.
Thank you to Random House for providing an e-Arc of Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld for my review.