Book review and synopsis for The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, A delightful rom-com about a fake relationship between a biology Ph.D. student and a professor.
I loved this so much the only reason I’m rating this 4 stars is that it should have had a dual pov.
I can’t believe this is a debut novel. You would never tell until you have someone tell you or you check to confirm. The book was so cute and lovely and I’ll definitely be looking forward to Ali Hazelwood’s other books.
The Love Hypothesis Blurb
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. This 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.
I loved The Love Hypothesis. It was cute, witty and fun and I enjoyed it so much. It had a lot of the usual tropes, meet-cute, fake dating, miscommunication, one room and much more. But Ali Hazelwood has written them in such a way that it’s interesting and none cringe at all.
Adam, oh Adam to be honest I assumed he was overhyped but I really did like his character and when you figure out why he is grumpy and the way he is, I actually understood him. And as for Olive, I totally loved her character. Impulsive decisions aside I admired her and I am really glad that women were shown as going after the things they wants here rather than pinning after the men 24/7.
This is a really short review. It’s a really cute read and definitely worth the hype.