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
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, NPR, PopSugar, Harper’s Bazaar, She Reads, New York Post
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?
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This heartfelt lockdown romantic comedy (you knew it was coming!) is a perfect feel-good read. Sally Milz, a writer for a popular TV sketch comedy series, has given up on love altogether, but when pop star Noah Brewster shows up to host the show’s latest episode, her ideas about relationships are turned upside down. We loved the unique structure of Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern romance, which unfolds over email after their meet-cute ends abruptly during the scary start of the 2020 pandemic. Sittenfeld, author of such smart feminist novels as Rodham and the Pride and Prejudice–inspired Eligible, makes it fun to root for Sally, who’s incredibly funny and charismatic but full of relatable insecurities. With plenty of hilarious and awkward moments, Romantic Comedy is a joy.
A very good read!
I wish it had been longer I hated having to finish it! So good.
These characters are so relatable and well done! I usually don’t like romance novels but this was very enjoyable and funny, too.
Too many rants
I couldn’t get passed the feminist and political rants. The author alienated half the country in the first 30 pages.