The Bossy Bookworm
Review of Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sittenfeld's funny and sweet take on an unlikely romance sparked by a longtime SNL-type weekly skit show immediately had me hooked, never felt too easy, and charmed me throughout.
I love Curtis Sittenfeld's books, and in Romantic Comedy she offers an outstanding premise: Sally Milz is a sketch writer for a late-night comedy show, and she's sworn off love. That is, until she pokes fun at her fellow writer in a sketch about talented but average-looking men dating gorgeous women...and then gorgeous pop sensation and serial model-dater Noah Brewster hosts the show and turns his attentions on Sally.
I was delighted to find that much of the book is focused on the behind-the-scenes making of the SNL-like Saturday night sketch comedy show in the book, The Night Owls, and I was fascinated by this aspect.
I was hooked by being immersed in the rhythm of show weeks and of skit pitches and power dynamics; and I loved the funny, loyal, irresistible show-based friendships between Sally and Viv, Henrietta, and Danny.
The complex Sally-Noah situation is not too easy, yet Sittenfeld avoids irritating by introducing convoluted roadblocks. The connection, the challenges, the fits and starts, and the way Sittenfeld pulls everything together were satisfying and adorable and just wonderful.
Romantic Comedy offers lots of funny, funny dialogue that delighted me. This was the right book at the right time for me, and I loved everything about it.
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Sittenfeld is also the author of American Wife, You Think It, I'll Say It, Prep, Rodham, and Eligible.
I received a prepublication version of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group.