Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari | Book Review

Pages: 277 pages, Hardback
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Press
How I got the copy: Received from publisher (Penguin Random House Canada)
Rating:  5/5 stars

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.


This book is hilarious and it's definitely a new favourite of mine!

This is the first book that I've read written by a comedian that's made me laugh out loud throughout the entire book. I haven't followed Aziz's work before but after reading this, I'm a fan and will watch, read and/or listen to anything this man puts out.

Going into this book I didn't know much about it. All I knew was this is written by a comedian, it's about modern romance and I love non-fiction so, I decided to give it a try. I think a lot of people went into this book thinking it would be about Aziz's personal journey at finding love and more of an autobiography of sort (at least all the readers out there that didn't read the dust jacket, myself included). But this is heavily researched, it talks about romance in general, in America and how different it is in different countries and Aziz's doesn't forget to include some personal stories of his own love life.

I'm a person that enjoys facts and connecting research and statistics and Modern Romance gave me just that. It connects the research and statistic on today's romance and the development of romance throughout the years and it was very interesting read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book. Mostly because this book focuses on romance in America, which I enjoyed because I could relate, and Aziz also included a chapter on the "Investigation of International Love", which covered modern romance issues in other countries. Some countries including, France, Tokyo and Buenos Aires.

Modern Romance includes graphs and hilarious photos of people and text messages.

I'd recommend this to everyone. Anyone that wants a good laugh, interested in the development of romance, enjoys reading comedian books or is a fan of Aziz Ansari. 


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