Review: The Love Hypothesis (Ali Hazelwood)

The Love Hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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. 

If you are a romance fan, chances are you’ve at least seen the cover for The Love Hypothesis if not heard the hype surrounding it. I hate to admit it, but I was hesitant to read it. I had kind of been avoiding it because of said hype and the fact that illustrated covers tend to dupe me at times. Basically, I wasn’t planning to read it. Then, the 5 star reviews started rolling in. Some of my most trusted blogger and reader friends started reviewing it. All said it was worth the hype. What I was reading in reviews made me change my mind, so I read it. IT WAS SO WORTH THE HYPE. So worth it.

I adored The Love Hypothesis. I was immediately pulled into Olive’s world. I’m not the biggest fan of third person narration, but it worked for me here. Olive, with her doubts and insecurities, was totally relatable. I loved how she wanted to make sure her friends were happy, but also felt for her with what she was willing to do to make sure that happened. Olive was a smart, nice, and overall good person. I loved her.

I also loved Adam. He might have been the most hated professor on campus with his blunt deliveries, but I loved that he was unapologetic about it and was trying to better the grad students. What I loved most about him, though, was how he treated Olive with so much care.

Olive and Adam were cuteness overload. I couldn’t get enough of their fake relationship — especially the more real it got. Their interactions were constantly making me swoon. I could go on and on about how perfect Olive and Adam were for each other.

As with any good romance novel, there were some amazing side characters. Olive’s best friend Anh and her pushiness cracked me up. Malcolm and basically everything he did made me smile. Adam’s friend Holden was another fun character. I wouldn’t mind a book for either Anh or Malcolm. I would love for this to be a series! I don’t know if that’s planned, but it would make me happy.

I was a little worried going in that all the STEM and academia stuff might overwhelm the story, but it was worked so well into the story and felt subtle despite it being a major topic. It was actually kind of fun to learn more about the grad school and academic life since I didn’t go that route. And I loved how Olive and Adam’s love of science and experiences in the field brought them closer together.

Yeah…I could probably go on and on about this book. It’s definitely a new favorite debut romance novel and one that you will most likely find on my list of favorite books for 2021.

29 thoughts on “Review: The Love Hypothesis (Ali Hazelwood)”

    1. Thanks! I read the ebook (got it recently off of NetGalley). I have read reviews where people loved the audiobook, though. I think you will love this one!

        1. We are! Getting over some fall colds (Thankfully not covid) and getting used to everything being much busier! I hope you guys are doing well, too!

          1. Oh my gosh, we are too! Our allergies have been so bad this year and last week mine turned into a bad cold (not Covid either) and finally feeling better.. We had a cold front come through the other night, so maybe things will settle down now!

          2. I’m sorry to hear you have one, too! Pretty sure ours is related to starting school again after being home for 1.5 years.

  1. This sounds awesome! I was also staying away from adding this one because of the hype, but with your seal of endorsement, it’s going on the list.

    And I totally get why those illustrated covers can be tricky. They look so good… sometimes too good to be true 🙂

  2. I have been holding off on this one and you have convinced me to give it a try! I love it when the side characters are just as amazing. I am so happy that it turned out to be such a winner for you! 🙂

  3. I have seen quite a lot of the buzz around this book but I hadn’t read what it was about. It does sound like my kind of read, I love a good fake dating story particularly with a grumpy/rude love interest. I can definitely understand your reticence given the hype but very glad to hear you loved it. Adding it to my TBR immediately.

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