Romantic Comedy (Reese's Book Club) - Curtis Sittenfeld

Romantic Comedy (Reese's Book Club)

By Curtis Sittenfeld

  • Release Date: 2023-04-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 651 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A comedy writer thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions—a “smart, sophisticated, and fun” (Oprah Daily) novel from the author of Eligible, Rodham, and Prep.
“Full of dazzling banter and sizzling chemistry.”—People
“If you ever wanted a backstage pass to Saturday Night Live, this is the book for you.”—Zibby Owens, Good Morning America

Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every 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 actress 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 if 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, Curtis 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.


  • Predictable

    By Momabadger
    Nice happy ending beach read. Funny, but needed editing, many parts were too long and got boring.
  • Not Her Best

    By Cpw2125
    Clunky writing & uninteresting scenarios clearly drawn from real life celebrities and pop culture. Why are 10 pages describing the set-up of a fictional SNL included when the readers are familiar with the late-night show in real life? Painfully boring in places and could have used editing and revision.
  • Meh 😑

    By functioningwith
    I was hoping for more Romance less politics Or maybe COVID times are still too fresh for me 🤣🤣 First time reading from this author.
  • A very good read!

    By ABQBlythe
    I wish it had been longer I hated having to finish it! So good.
  • An entertaining good time and escape from life’sstree

    By Dr. Alyson
    Loved it! Just so much fun!
  • Skip

    By Gdranchak
    I listened to this book, so maybe it was partly the voice 🤷🏻‍♀️ but really, the story was just lame and basic to me 😬
  • Clearly inspired by Colin Jost and Scar jo

    By chikcklit
    But still enjoyable nonetheless
  • It’s a yes for me& should be for you

    By J.Lynn102
    Main character is a comedy skit writer on a show that’s like SNL- so it is blatantly liberal. And love interest is this famous hot Singer/songwriter. But it’s a funny, well written romance. I wanna say more but idk if it will be spoilers. Basically the love interest doesn’t need therapy- he’s a grown well adjusted and communicative man- bordering too much but in like a refreshingly different way to read a male love interest. Also main character goes on rants, both in her narration but also in her communications with others- which is cool to see a character so fleshed out. It feels like a true story that would make even the most cynical of us believe in finding the one.
  • Horrible Book

    By Lubey876
    Horrible! I could not even finish this book. Do not waste your time or money.
  • Good storyline, but ruined by wokeness

    By loriboka
    Overall I enjoyed the storyline premise of this “romantic comedy”. I was also intrigued by the backstage workings and preparation of a Saturday Night Live type show and how it’s pulled together so quickly each week. With that being said, I was disappointed in the “wokeness” sprinkled throughout the book. I found it unnecessary to the plot, and felt the author was just doing it out of her own white guilt. This was the first book I’ve read from this author and may be the last if this is the norm in her books.