Review: THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood
Also by this author: Love on the Brain
Published by Berkley Books on September 14, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood is quite possibly the sweetest, most adorable romance novel I’ve ever read. It checked so many boxes for me (a STEM heroine, the fake dating trope, hilarious banter, and so much more) and it just had me grinning from ear to ear pretty much the entire time I was reading.
The story follows Olive Smith, a third-year Ph.D. candidate at Stanford. Olive has just learned that her best friend, Anh, is attracted to Jeremy, a guy Olive used to date. Anh and this guy have major chemistry but Anh doesn’t want to hurt Olive by dating him. Olive thinks that’s sweet and is grateful to have such a loyal friend but she also knows that Anh and Jeremy would actually be perfect together. Olive decides to also be a great friend and let Anh think she is head over heels in love with a new guy so that Anh will go for it with Jeremy. The next time she sees Anh, Olive panics, grabs the first guy she sees and plants a kiss on him. There’s just one problem – the guy she kisses is none other than Adam Carlsen, a rock star of a professor who also happens to have a reputation for being an ass and making his students cry. Not exactly who Olive had in mind, to say the least, but to her utter shock, once she explains to Adam why she did what she did, he agrees to fake-date her so that Anh and Jeremy can get together.
I honestly can’t even get over how much I adored both Olive and Adam. As we’ve established, Olive is such a lovely friend who would clearly do anything to help a friend find happiness. I also just found her overall personality delightful. She’s smart, determined, resilient, and she’s also hilarious. Once she gets comfortable fake dating Adam, he repeatedly calls her a pain in his rear because she’s always gently mocking and teasing him about his awful reputation and of course tormenting him with her love of all things pumpkin spice, lol. After hanging out with him just a few times, Olive has picked up on the fact that Adam is anything but an ass. He’s actually quite sweet and surprisingly soft, and she can really open up to him in ways she never has with anyone else. I loved watching the two of them interact because they really did bring out the best in each other and I loved the slight tension as they each began to realize that their feelings for each other weren’t fake at all.
Aside from the romance, the author also tackles some more serious topics, such as the challenges women face in academia, particularly in STEM. She explores sexism, bias, and what happens when a professor grossly abuses his power. The romance definitely takes center stage and makes up the bulk of the story, but I liked having these “meatier” topics to add some depth to the overall story.
I could go on and on about how much I adored the book. If you’re looking for a charming and heartwarming romance that features lovable characters, witty banter, and fake dating, be sure to check out The Love Hypothesis. It’s an absolute gem of a book that I will be recommending to every romance reader I know.
The women in academia angle is really interesting, I love that the author explores the not-so-great side of it. The romance sounds really cute, too!
The romance was super cute, especially if you’re into the grumpy/sunshine trope.
Not my go to genre but wow you’ve made me want to drop everything and read this! It sounds adorable😁
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It’s a really cute one. 🙂
Loved this book too! It makes me so happy to see everyone else loving on it! I thought the meatier topics were handled really well. I’m excited to read more from Ali!
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I’m really excited to read more from her as well. This story just checked all of the boxes for me. 🙂
This sounds adorable.
It’s a fun one. 🙂
I love a romance with meaty topics. This is better than I’d hoped!
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It far exceeded my expectations too. I love it when that happens!
Absolutely agree! I loved this so much – 5 hearts! Excellent review!
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I’m pretty sure this one is going to make my “Best of” list at the end of the year. 🙂
That one has been ordered as soo as I read your review!
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I hope it’s a great read for you, Sophie!
I have this one on hold at my library! 😀
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I hope you can get it soon and that you love it as much as I did. 🙂
It does sound like such a fun book and it’s nice you enjoyed it so much! Being a woman in STEM I think I’d enjoy that angle of it too! 🙂
Hope your week is off to a good start 🙂
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It really was a fun read. One of the most entertaining I’ve read in a long time. 🙂
The teasing banter between Olive and Adam was fabulous, and they were precious. So glad you loved this one too!
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I agree about the banter. I laughed so hard, especially every time Olive teased Adam about his food choices.
I’ve been seeing this pop up on a few blogs including Karen’s today I think? It does look like a lot of fun! Glad this was so good! 🙂
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Yeah, it seems to be getting a lot of love and it’s well deserved. 🙂
I love that feeling when a book just checks every box for you! Sounds like the author perfectly balanced serious topics with light and swoony. So glad this was such a hit for you!
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She really did check pretty much all of the boxes for me. I can’t wait to read more from her. 🙂
This sounds adorable — and I was to draw hearts around Olive for doing everything she could to make her friend happy! I have to admit, these two are such opposite sounding characters, I can’t wait to see how they get together!
Olive was such a sweetheart. Loved her.
“Grinning from ear to ear” sounds like just what I’m in the mood for these days. Anne over at Books of My Heart also reviewed this book, and between the two of you, I’m definitely bumping it up higher on my tbr list.
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I hope you enjoy it as much as Anne and I did. 🙂
Oooo! This sounds so good! I think I would love this one too. I hope to read it someday.
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It’s such a good one. I hope you love it. 🙂
I’m super excited to read this one, so happy to hear you loved this one!
It’s so cute! I hope you love it.