Oh comedians… they start with stand up, then they make some appearances in tv shows, then they go big screen, and then they write books (that usually suck).
As you can tell, I wasn’t initially too thrilled about Modern Romance being selected as my book club’s next read. After my latest (horrible) “funny book” experience, Nice Is Just a Place in France by The Betches (seriously, don’t waste your time reading it), I was a bit annoyed I’d have to read another book that could potentially be the same babbling, pointless, and rude couple hundred of pages.
But because I TRY to be open minded, I dove right into his audio book where he opened by ad-libbing a few quips about me being too lazy to read the actual book. I won’t lie, I giggled at this.
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
(Don’t let this rating fool you, I enjoyed the read, but with no relevant life takeaways for me personally, I couldn’t give it a 4 or 5)
Going into it, I thought this book would get a 1 or 2 from me, but I was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would for 2 main reasons:
1) He used actual data.
Unlike the Betches book (sorry I keep referencing it, it’s just fresh in my mind) Aziz actually spent time going to different countries and interviewing different people to gather actual information, data, and true insights. He compared different cultures and age groups with actual data that was collected so you learned a bit.
2) Aziz was a hysterical audio narrator.
Yes his book was funny, but it was the way that he actually read the audio book that made me laugh the most. As mentioned before, he joked within the first 5 minutes about me being too lazy to actually pick up the book and read it. Then whenever he got to a part that would have a chart, picture, or data in the book, he would just outright say “since you were too lazy to buy the actual book, you don’t get to look at the chart that shows this!”. It was so much better than other books where the narrator says “As you can see in the chart located on page 240, the line gets closer to the blah blah blah…..”. Nope, I can’t see the chart and him explaining it doesn’t help. I appreciate Aziz knows explaining a picture is a lost cause and he just moves right along!
All in all, if you like Aziz as a comedian, then I strongly suggest you read the book. Or if you’re a single 25-35 year old living in a big city, then you should read it as well! You will laugh when he is describing certain funny dating habits everyone has and you can completely relate (waiting 20 minutes to text a guy back because he waited 10 minutes to return your text). Life’s funny that way.
Thanks for the laughs, Aziz. I’m happy I gave your book a shot! What did you think of it?