BOOK REVIEW: The Love Hypothesis
by Ali Hazelwood
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When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.
As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.
That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.
Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.
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I read a lot of romcoms last month. Then I felt like I needed to branch out and read some other genres, but I couldn’t get into any of the books I tried reading. So then I selected The Love Hypothesis from my list and was instantly into it.
I loved the way the author started each chapter with a hypothesis that gave you a little bit of a hint about what was going to happen in the chapter. For example:
Hypothesis: A romcom with a cartoony cover doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be clean.
Adam has a reputation of being a bit of a jerk as a professor. Olive is a student working on her PhD. Olive kisses Adam in a moment of panic—her friend, Ahn, is walking by and she wants to make Ahn believe she’s with another guy (and not hung up on the guy Ahn is interested in, which is what Ahn thinks). Although shocked at first, Adam also has a reason to make others believe he’s dating someone (and not planning to leave his job any time soon which would lose him funding for the project he’s working on).
The book was a little more of a romance (🌶) than I expected. I don’t typically expect that with the cartoony covers, but I definitely enjoyed the story.