Full transparency, I’ve never read a Curtis Sittenfeld book and I honestly thought this was a male author so when it seems to take a more feminist stance on topics, I was like ‘uhh wait a minute’. However, I think I’ll be adding the rest of Sittenfeld’s books to my TBR, because this was a fabulous read.
36-year-old divorcee, Sall Milz has the best job ever. As a writer for the ultra-popular night show ‘The Night Owls’ (TNO), her schedule might be hectic but who else can say they love their job as much as she does? She has everything she could ever want, except love, but really who needs love to be happy? When she strikes an unlikely friendship with guest host and pop music sensation Noah Brewster, she knows it’ll never lead to anything else. Only men can date someone ‘hotter’ than themselves. As the two get closer, Sally will need to readdress everything she knows about love, and face the realities of her own life.
I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t even realize this book has exactly 3 chapters (minus the prologue and epilogue) until I entered chapter 2. It’s an interesting choice but while the sections of the books are divided by ‘Chapters’, I’d think of the chapters more as Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. While Part 1 and Part 3 are told from Sally’s perspective, Part 2 is told through emails. Though I didn’t mind the change in storytelling, it’s good to note in case you don’t enjoy email correspondence in novels.
Otherwise, this is a fabulous story. It’s incredibly smart, charming, and witty. I adored getting a behind the scenes look at sketch comedy shows like SNL. If you grew up watching SNL every Saturday or just occasionally watching, you will love this book. We only spend Part 1 on set, but we get a good view into everything that goes into putting on a weekly show. I was engrossed in this story from page 1, and while Sally did get on my nerve a bit towards the end (mainly her lack of self esteem) I was really rooting for Noah and her.
While the romance is the central plot, this one is not your average romance. If you’re looking for a humorous, spunky, entertaining, and a completely realistic look into the female psyche, you should hands down pick up this book!
Romantic Comedy comes out April 4, 2023. Huge thank you to Random House for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.