Romantic Comedy, a review by Cat

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Romantic Comedy
Curtis Sittenfeld

Published April 4, 2023
By Random House
300 Pages

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I picked up the latest BOTM choices, including Romantic Comedy, to diversify my reading. The title’s promise was too tempting to resist.

Sally Milz, a comedy sketch writer for a popular late-night show, enjoys her job but desires certain changes, such as the industry’s gender double standard, known as the “Danny Horst Rule.” This rule implies that men always date women of a higher status, never lower. After Sally coins this phrase, she unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a new romantic situation.

Overall, Romantic Comedy was decent, but not my favorite. Some parts of the writing could have been more concise, although that’s typical for the romantic comedy genre.

To me, Sally’s sense of humor was the book’s highlight. I appreciated her perspective on the world and wished she were a real person, ideally writing the comedy sketches mentioned in the novel. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

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