The Unknowns is the debut novel from Gabriel Roth that is a comedic and slightly geeky take on romance. Its about a computer geek —Eric Muller— who becomes a millionaire during the dot-com era. Eric may have accolades and success, but the one problem he’s never been able to troubleshoot is his love life. The Unknowns covers Eric’s love life as he encounters an inquisitive lady named Maya Marcom.

Its a simple premise, but since December is such a frantic month, I figured a nice upbeat rom-com would be the perfect way to end off 2017. The Unknowns is a short read at just 240 pages, so I will also be fitting in some other books around this one.

Interestingly, The Unknowns has been described as a fun take on One Day, a book that I fell in love with last year. I hope it lives up to this comparison.

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The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth Synopsis

Imagine David Nicholls’s One Day as retold by Woody Allen and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what to expect with Gabriel Roth’s The Unknowns.

It’s not easy to pursue the most alluring woman in North America when you’re a misfiring circuit of over-analytical self-doubt and she has a way with a killer line and a perfectly raised eyebrow. Even, that is, when you’ve survived your teen years as an outcast in the school computer room to become a dot com millionaire. But as Eric Muller refines his email technique, his date patter, and his ability to shut up after sex, he finds there’s more to Maya Marcom than meets the eye.

Will our hero be driven to uncover the whole truth about his lover – or will they continue in bliss and wonder?

Welcome to the hilarious, neurotic, and peculiarly perceptive world of The Unknowns.