Saturday, October 9, 2021

Book Review: "The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood's new rom-com is just what the science lab ordered!!

Some people are good at spur-of-the-moment decisions. Not Olive. Despite her brilliance, she does some crazy things under pressure. That’s the only reason why she would’ve randomly kissed the first guy she saw in an effort to convince her best friend she was dating someone.

Of course, nothing is ever simple. It turns out that the guy she kisses is none other than Dr. Adam Carlsen, who happens to be the most hated professor in Stanford’s biology department. Strangely enough, even though his reputation as a complete ass is warranted, he doesn’t really object to her kissing him. And in fact, he even agrees to be her fake boyfriend.

Fake dating is actually more fun than either imagined (and boy, is he handsome), although it’s hard to negotiate the way her fellow PhD candidates treat her when they think she’s dating someone who shreds people’s self-esteem. But with her, Adam is surprisingly gentle, kind, and supportive—and he surprises her with his willingness to support her, even when professional crises threaten to come between them.

The thing about fake dating, though, is it rarely feels fake for long. As someone who never believed romance could last, Olive suddenly has to examine her hypothesis—but what does that mean for a real future with Adam?

This was straight-up adorable, sexy, and just so much fun. Like every great rom-com there are elements of predictability, but with the added component of the struggles faced by women in STEM, it just worked on all levels. A lot of people listed this as one of their favorite reads of September and I can surely see why!

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