What is it?: Modern Romance is an in-depth investigation into the effects of the modern, technological world on dating, sex, love and marraige, led by comedian Aziz Ansari and social scientist Eric Klinenberg.
Why did I pick it up?: I love Aziz. Last summer I got really into Parks & Rec, and I was hoping this book would be a hilarious take on a topic relevant to my own life. (I may or may not have read the majority of the book in Tom Haverford’s voice.)
What was good about it?: Modern Romance is a pretty fascinating read, full of quips and anecdotes of Aziz’s own dating experiences which keeps things entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny in parts. I’ve learned a lot from this book: everything from the bizarre Japanese ‘herbivore man’ phenomenon, the correct way to manage your OKCupid inbox and the shocking correlation between online dating and marraige (did you know that between 2005 and 2012, ONE THIRD of American couples who got married met online?!) to the extent of Aziz’s intimate relationship with ramen and the tale of doughnut-loving Alfredo – all topped off with some surprisingly profound philosophy from rapper Pitbull (yes. Really.)
What wasn’t so good about it?: I can’t really pinpoint many serious negatives. I suppose, going into a book about the differences between modern romance and romance in older generations, there are a lot of ‘revelations’ Aziz comes to that seem a bit obvious – having more options due to apps such as Tinder and our grandparents’ generation being more likely to marry those who lived nearby, for instance.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5! This is a great, fresh, non-fiction read. Even if you’re not a Parks & Rec fan (and if you’re not, why not?), you’ll enjoy this.