The Love Hypothesis by. Ali Hazelwood | Book Review

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Love Hypothesis

Author: Ali Hazelwood

Format: ebook (borrowed)

Pages: 352

Publication Date: 9/14/21

Publisher: Berkley Books

Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Fake-Dating, Science, Academia

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.

Content Warning: sexual harassment, death of a parent, mental abuse

I have finally read the book that everyone has been raving about and I can see why it’s gotten the hype. The hype is about Adam lol because he’s this tall, handsome, nerdy, grumpy, protective guy who is secretly crazy about Olive.

The banter and dialogue between Olive and Adam is my favorite part of this book. It was so cute seeing these two scientist fake-dating, talk “science” and getting to know each other. The two of them are both lonely people who find the perfect companion in one another. Adam is this grumpy, tall, handsome, professor with an a-hole reputation and Olive is a sweetheart, Phd candidate with intimacy issues that stem from her past. They balanced each other out a lot, he gave her comfort and security, she gave him fun. This is a slow burn romance but when it burns, it burns! I was not expecting that out of Adam. 👀🔥

Olive’s best friends Ahn and Malcome are her found-family and they are all she really has. Olive has no family. Ahn is protective and Malcom is the life of the party. Adam has a good friend of his own that we only get to know halfway into the book but he was pretty funny also.

Now there were some issues I had with it but my expectations were high! The beginning was too slow of a burn for me I think. Ahn had to step in and force some kissing and touching to happen between Olive and Adam. Olive and Adam didn’t communicate their feelings very well so I was getting a bit frustrated with both of them. I think it got better after the bedroom scene because finally some of their walls come down.

Why you should read it:

  • a sweet, light-hearted, fake-dating trope
  • women in STEM and academia reps
  • cute banter between Olive and Adam

Why you might not want to read it:

  • slow beginning
  • not into professor/student dating (but he’s not her professor)
  • it’s got a lot of hype, so you might want to wait a little while before reading it

My Thoughts:

When I saw this book pop up on my online library as ready to be borrowed I jumped at the chance but then I wondered if I should wait until the hype died down. I think the hype got to me so I was expecting a lot of major feels but for the most part I was feeling this book as a 3.5 star read. But when they finally admitted how they felt for one another, my heart melted so I bumped it up to a 4. I felt like it kind of snuck up on me through their slow burn, awkward and cute bantering, their heat in the bedroom and of course Adam, who was carrying this flame for Olive for awhile. Overall, it is a cute fake-dating story set in the world of academia!

📚 ~ Yolanda

Quotes from the book:

“Because I’m starting to wonder if this is what being in love is. Being okay with ripping yourself to shreds, so the other person can stay whole.”

The Love Hypothesis – Ali hazelwood

“carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man”

The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood

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