Modern Romance

Author: Aziz Ansari
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

I didn’t do any research going into this book, so I thought it was going to be a non-fiction, comical memoir based on similar material to his latest Netflix comedy special.  But alas!  There are facts in this book, guys!  He did studies with actual people and accumulated data and came to scientific results.  This book is more like 80% science and 20% Aziz’s humor (and him telling you over and over again how lazy you are for making him read the audiobook to you instead of picking up the book yourself).

And believe it or not, this book is actually really entertaining and interesting.  The further I got into this audiobook, the more I found myself thankful that I was able to meet my hubby in college and that I never had to test the waters of online dating.  In some ways, it reminds be a bit of Drew Berrymore in He’s Just Not That Into You and how she said it was so exhausting having to track potential partners through text and phones and online messaging and apps and call backs…  Aziz does a good job of showing how our culture has come to embrace the technology age with regards to romance.  So while you won’t laugh aloud the whole time like a Jim Gaffigan audiobook, you’ll still chuckle here and there (Alfredo!) and learn some interesting insights as well.

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