I have never read Curtis Sittenfeld so 𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗱𝘆 was a wonderful surprise. This is the smart, thoughtful, funny and moving story I didn’t know I needed. Combine a celebrity trope with a behind the scenes look at a SNL-like comedy show, and I’m hooked!
Sally is a longtime writer for a weekly late-night comedy sketch show called The Night Owls. She was once briefly married and also suffered a rather brutal rejection by a fellow TNO writer, but no matter, who could have a personal life anyway with such a demanding show schedule?
Sally can hardly believe it when the very average looking TNO writer Danny Horst begins dating a stunning actress who hosted the show. Sally begins channeling her fury at this imbalance into a comedy sketch called the Danny Horst Rule: because a gorgeous man would never, ever date an average-looking woman, no matter how clever or smart she was.
That week’s musical guest and host turns out to be Noah Brewster, a very famous, very handsome and very charming pop star. And plot twist: he is actually a nice guy. Sally has worked with her share of celebrities, but there is something different about Noah.
“ 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘥𝘮𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘤𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴. 𝘔𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦; 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸; 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘢 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧.“
This is a perfectly written and highly entertaining romance. Each character is very unique. The author has also done tons of research into writing for a live comedy sketch show and I was literally obsessed with these details. As well, even the fictional characters here seemed very real and very relatable, flaws and all.
Sittenfeld also includes a pandemic storyline which lent a sense of reality to this novel. I do not shy away from this topic but if you do, please take note.
This book was an absolute revelation and I could not put it down. It will be on my top favorite list for the year!
(𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘙𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯.)
About the Book:
A comedy writer thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamily handsome pop star flips the script on all her assumptions. Romantic Comedy is a hilarious, observant and deeply tender novel from New York Times–bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld.
Sally Milz is a sketch writer for “The Night Owls,” the late-night live comedy show that airs each 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 actor 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 whether 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, 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.