The Hunt for Good Romantic Comedy Books
I have always loved romantic comedy movies, so you would think I would have found plenty of great romantic comedy books. But other than your typical Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot books, it has been a long time since I have found a rom-com book that I really loved. Well that is, until last year, when I picked up The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I have raved about it before, but seriously, I cannot say enough good things about it; I loved it! Josh and Lucy have the most insane chemistry and sexual tension. Josh and Lucy work together as executive assistants to co-CEOs at a publishing house. They cannot stand one another, but as they continue to work together, things change between them. The way Josh cares for Lucy when she is sick? Swoon. I have been looking for books like it, and I just haven’t been able to find one that lives up to this.
But last week, with all the snow and ice in the South, I was able to read a few more rom-com books that I actually really enjoyed (still nowhere near as great as The Hating Game). The first was Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. It’s the first in her series called Knitting in the City. The protagonist Janie loses her job, her boyfriend, and apartment all in one day. But her life turns around when the security guard that escorts her out turns out to be the gorgeous guy she’s been somewhat stalking, Sir McHotpants. As she keeps running into him, she finds herself drawn to Quinn, even accepting a job at the company he works for. But beautiful-but-doesn’t-know-it Janie rattles off trivial facts when she gets nervous, which happens a lot when she’s around Quinn. Quinn finds it amusing, and well, there’s bound to be some fun there. The humor and wit in Reid’s writing is so spot on and well-timed. Truly, I laughed out loud a handful of times in this book, which does not happen that often to me. Between Janie’s Jeopardy-knowledge nervous babbling and Quinn’s wit, I was laughing along at their antics, especially Janie. If you are looking for a fun, light, and quick read, give this one a try. I’ll definitely be reading more Penny Reid!
The second rom-com I read was Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix. This is one of the few contemporary books I have read where the characters are in their mid-twenties and right out of college. It is refreshing to read about people around my age, albeit their lives seem much more glamorous. Melody and Jeremy hooked up once when Melody was a freshman at MIT. Jeremy lives in Los Angeles, but he tells her that if she is ever in LA, to call him. So fast forward three years, when Melody graduates and lands a job in LA, she gives Jeremy a call. But apparently, Jeremy was basically a playboy who partied a lot, so Melody keeps her distance from him. But when Jeremy finds Melody crying in her car after work, they work through some things and become friends. But wait! Melody’s mom is coming to visit and keeps nagging her about her love life, so naturally Jeremy volunteers to be her fake-boyfriend. I don’t know what it is about the fake-relationship trope, but I am such a sucker for it (see The Hating Game). I loved how smart Melody was and that even if she is a nerd and comic book fan, she still just wanted a nice guy. When she first moves to LA, she feels pretty lonely, but eventually makes new friends, and that really resonated with me. When I first moved to Atlanta, even though I knew plenty of people in town, the real world was so different from college, that it took me a while to adjust to living in a new city. I just appreciated that Nix observed the transition from college to real world. This one didn’t have me laughing out loud that many times, but it was sweet and smart. Nix has started a series called Chemistry Lessons, where the protagonists are nerdy heroines working in STEM industries. I am sure I will be keeping up with the series to read about these smart and nerdy women.
I am always on the hunt for good rom-coms, so please let me know if you have any ones that I should read.