Author: Aziz Ansari
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review By: Shana
This is neither a humor book or a memoir, but rather a very amusing mix of social science through the prism of Ansari's patented humor. This book looks at how relationships play out in the modern world, for better or worse.
Looking at the reality of dating (hence the modern romance of the title) will act as validation to the negative and frustrating experience of so many. The book highlights aspects of dating that are depressing and hopeful, aggravating and challenging, both anecdotally and with some science. Personally, I'd love a little more academic content - maybe more exploration of how the shift from companionate love of times past to our insistence on passionate love and soul mates, and how realistic (or unrealistic) that is. But since this was not written by a social scientist, that is a minor complaint. Ansari at least touches on all areas of interest and there are other books readers can pick up that plumb the depths of such topics.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...