Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

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In Romantic Comedy, Sally Milz, a writer for a late-night comedy show, creates a sketch poking fun at the trend of average-looking men dating accomplished women. When she meets pop sensation Noah, she wonders if there might be a connection, but doubts that someone like him would ever date her.

Book review of Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld is a novel that captures the heart and soul of the entertainment industry while delicately balancing it with the realities of a world plagued by a pandemic. The novel offers a refreshing take on the romantic genre and, in doing so, offers a modern and humorous perspective that is both engaging and witty.

From the moment I discovered this book on Goodreads, I knew it was one that I had to read, and it did not disappoint. The fast-paced nature of the novel kept me engaged from beginning to end, and the author’s ability to navigate the intricacies of COVID-19 without causing cringe-worthy moments was commendable.

One of the unique features of this book is the non-chapter layout, which includes emails in Part 2. The emails not only add depth to the characters but also help to capture the frenetic pace of the not-SNL industry and the digital connections made during COVID-19.

The two main characters, Sally and Noah, are beautifully developed throughout the novel, with Sally being particularly relatable as she navigates her insecurities. Noah, on the other hand, balances his pride with an abundance of patience, making him a vulnerable and endearing character. The romance between them is built slowly, with a physical attraction, humorous banter, and intelligent rapport, making it all the more believable.

One of the only downsides to the book was the preachy nature of some parts, particularly when Sally’s political and cultural views came to the forefront. However, this was a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent book.

Curtis Sittenfeld’s writing style is easy to read, and the story flows perfectly, making it a true page-turner. Although not typically a fan of romance novels, I found Romantic Comedy to be so much more than just a romance. It is witty and fun, with a depth that captures the essence of human emotions. It is clear that Sittenfeld has a talent for writing, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Final verdict

In conclusion, I highly recommend Romantic Comedy to anyone looking for a light-hearted and entertaining read that will leave them feeling uplifted and amused. The characters are relatable, and the story is engaging, making it a book that is hard to put down. Whether you’re a fan of romance novels or not, this is a book that is sure to capture your heart and leave you feeling satisfied.

Our Score


  • The non-chapter layout, including the emails in Part 2, effectively conveys the frenetic pace of SNL and the digital connections during COVID.
  • The romance builds with slow heat through physical attraction, funny banter, and genuine intelligent rapport.
  • The story addresses COVID without making the reader cringe.


  • The book gets preachy at times, with too many causes flying around.
  • The beginning of the book is a bit too busy and feels like fiction for those with a thirty-second attention span.
  • The use of the word “festive” three times in the book may irritate some readers.
Romantic ComedyPublisher ‏ : ‎ Random House (April 4, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0399590943
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0399590948
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.14 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.34 x 1.03 x 9.54 inches

About Article Author

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker is an inveterate romantic. An author of romance books and stories for the past 10 years, she combines her writing life with her love of literary criticism, waiting for her prince charming to appear at any moment.
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