Book Club: Modern Romance

I know I'm so late on the Aziz Ansari book train but I am so glad I picked up this book! I saw a used copy of Modern Romance on sale at Powell's books while visiting Jen in Oregon so I figured now was as good a time as ever to read it cover to cover.


I completely understand why everyone loved this book and why Goodreads declared it the winner of their Choice Award, Nonfiction category! I don't know what I expected but this was not only an incredibly informative read, I was laughing out loud along the way. Ansari is a clever writer and his style really makes you think of normal things very differently.
While I was reading sections about online dating, I thought a lot about my own relationship with Brian. We didn't meet online, rather we met at a mutual friend's birthday party. While I am incredibly happy with him, I know that we are very different people. In fact, Brian and I have noted before that if we had seen each other on a dating app, we probably would have taken one look at each other 's profiles and noped right out of there because we are completely different on paper. In real life, our differences complement each other and our relationship works because of it. When Ansari talks about people who ghost on their dates because of seemingly arbitrary reasons as, "he left me a voicemail," or "he's awkward," it made me think of how different people can be online than they are in real life and how I could have completely missed meeting Brian if we met virtually. 
In any case, whether you're single or in a relationship or anything in between, I highly recommend this book. Ansari's fresh take on the sociological concept of dating is quite informative and entertaining!

2 comments

  1. I can't believe I haven't read this yet since I'm such a fan of Aziz! I really had no idea what it was about but now that I do, I want to read it even more. It really is so interesting to see how relationships change in the digital age.

    I totally agree that sometimes people are too quick to dismiss others when it comes to such small things. One the other hand, I sometimes want to shake people and be like "why do you still like this guy?!!!" because they're in denial.

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