Book Review | ‘The Love Hypothesis’ by Ali Hazelwood

This book review contains spoilers.

I started ‘The Love Hypothesis’ by Ali Hazelwood last night at around 8pm and finished it by 1.30am. It’s a sweet, goofy, slightly predictable read that includes all my favourite tropes – grumpy/sunshine, fake dating, forced proximity and a touch of workplace tension too. Olive is a third-year Ph.D. candidate, working in pancreatic cancer research and Adam Carlsen is a young professor notoriously known on campus for being brutally honest, obnoxious, cut-throat and obviously, devastatingly handsome.

Though circumstances that are verging on ridiculous (also, if the miscommunication trope drives you insane then this is NOT the book for you) they find themselves fake dating in order to prove Olive is over her ex and that Adam isn’t a flight risk so he can have access to the universities funds to further his research.

Olive is adorable, intelligent, lonely and incredibly naive. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Jess in New Girl. The rambling inner dialogue was very relatable and endearing. Adam is supposedly this d*ck that everyone hates but there is very little evidence to back this up. If anything, I found him the most reasonable character in the whole book. I wonder what that says about me? (*awkward*) Side note: Did anyone else think her friends were the worst? They constantly put her in awkward situations considering her inexperience when it comes to the opposite sex.

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You may come across the odd video on Booktok labeling The Love Hypothesis as ‘spicy’, and even though chapter 16 is definitely worth the wait, I found it pretty tame but still captivating, romantic, and swoon-worthy all the same. There is a bonus chapter available on Ali Wazelwood’s official website available HERE. It’s chapter 16 written from the POV of Adam. Simply subscribe to Hazelwood’s website and the password will be sent to your emails which allows you to access it.

As 90% of the character’s issues could have been resolved if they communicated like actual adults, I found this book sweet but a little frustrating at times. That being said, it was definitely a fun ride and this book has reignited my love for romantic comedies and for that I am genuinely grateful. The women in STEM aspect was really interesting and totally unique to anything I’d previously read. Olivia’s hypothesis at the start of every chapter was a nice added touch too. I loved Hazelwood’s writing style and ability to create truly endearing, loveable, and oddly relatable charters so quickly and convincingly. The Love Hypothesis is perfect for newbie romance readers and those looking for a goofy, sweet, and fun read.

The Love Hypothesis is currently available HERE (AF link) on Amazon for only £3.

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