Book Review - The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
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.
What was it all about
To convince her best friend that she was over her ex, Olive rushed to kiss the first person in her path – Adam Carlsen, the reigning lab tyrant. But to her he was just Adam who was sweet and considerate and who agreed to fake date her. Until…
How it made me feel
I had so much fun reading this book. One of my best reads of 2021. Happiness swirled in me as laughter and giggles emerged out of me, every few lines.
Audio version too worked well for me. The intonations and expressions were just about perfect.
A humorous rom-com was the perfect tag line for this book, though it did deal with quite a few truths of the thesis world.
The writing, OMG, the writing was simply perfect. The author used science effectively much so that I wanted an Adam Carlsen in my life. Friendship provided its best support in the book as Ollie traversed some personal hillocks.
The story carried me far away from the realities of life while taking me close to the nerdy settings of their lives. I had to mention here that Ollie was absolutely not scared of the lab rats. I would have qualms about touching them.
The romance between the two was sweet; their comfort with each other was well shown. I loved how she could share her day with him.
Though Adam Carlsen was the quieter of the two, he won me over when he supported Ollie in all her endeavors. And the way the author built up his character, it had me longing for a love equation.
Some moments made me feel as if a third-year PhD grad wouldn’t behave so, especially someone who was doing research on pancreatic cancer, but in fiction, this could be possible.
Some of the intimate moments could have more steam, I felt something was slightly off in them. Needed the right edge.
I loved it, had a huge book hangover, and kept gushing about it to all for over two day. What a fun book!!
Publication Date: September 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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