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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for The Love Hypothesis

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    edit: moving this up to 5 stars bc I'm editing the vlog footage and any book that made me scream the way this one did deserves god tier rating. rip headphone users in advance, sorry about ur eardrums <3 Hypothesis: Maybe I really am just a lonely bitch who only finds happiness in seeing fictional couples get their HEA? And that's okay? Just kidding lol, but also definitely not? I genuinely didn't think that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did, especially with the obscene amount of hype edit: moving this up to 5 stars bc I'm editing the vlog footage and any book that made me scream the way this one did deserves god tier rating. rip headphone users in advance, sorry about ur eardrums <3 Hypothesis: Maybe I really am just a lonely bitch who only finds happiness in seeing fictional couples get their HEA? And that's okay? Just kidding lol, but also definitely not? I genuinely didn't think that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did, especially with the obscene amount of hype it has received all over the internet....but DAMN was I wrong. The Love Hypothesis melted my stone cold heart and made me experience every single human emotion possible in 385 pages, so intensely that I have very few words to say about it that can be typed without keyboard smashing. If you need me, I'll be busy sitting in the corner physically restraining myself from rereading this book & weeping over the fact that fictional love is fictional (asjkfgsdjakls).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    OMG! Look at the cover reminds us Reylo (Kylo and Rey disguised in lab coats, kissing each other till they get breathless), two nerdy adorable characters who were pretending as couple: a rigid-a.hole but also charismatic 34 years old professor and sweet, quirky, gold hearted Phd student who tries to find the cure of pancreatic cancer! I’m sold!!! Banters are nerdish, sexy, entertaining but I have to scream at hot professor Adam’s face at each time he calls Olive smart ass! I wish he may have ca OMG! Look at the cover reminds us Reylo (Kylo and Rey disguised in lab coats, kissing each other till they get breathless), two nerdy adorable characters who were pretending as couple: a rigid-a.hole but also charismatic 34 years old professor and sweet, quirky, gold hearted Phd student who tries to find the cure of pancreatic cancer! I’m sold!!! Banters are nerdish, sexy, entertaining but I have to scream at hot professor Adam’s face at each time he calls Olive smart ass! I wish he may have called her something smarter, catchy, more affectionate maybe? Olive Smith is an orphan, insecure, hard working, smart biologist spending the most of her time in the lab for her research and emailing colleges for funding to work on the cure of cancer with brand new method. After losing her loved ones at young age she becomes insecure about relationships. She is happy with her research, spending time with her close friends. There’s nothing she cannot sacrifice for them. As soon as she breaks up with her boyfriend she doesn’t even like, she realizes her bestie Anh likes her ex way too much. To prove a point that she already moved on her life, she decides to kiss the first guy passing through the corridor while Anh is watching so she can believe in her and date with her ex. The plan was simple till the guy she randomly kissed turns out Adam Carlsen, a young, hotshot lab tyrant most of the students curse the day they met. But interestingly he doesn’t get furious about her love triangle tantrum. Actually he agrees to pretend acting like lovers for his own reasons to get enough fund to finance his own researches. Both of the parties seem like benefit from this arrangement till Olive realizes she likes way too much their Wednesday coffee dates and don’t forget the fact that she keeps drooling over his six packs. Even though he’s named as professor from hell, he always treats her sweet, respectful and he seems like he also enjoys to spend time with her. But Olive has to wear big girl pants to face with her true feelings even though her love is unrequited. Could she be brave enough to come clean with him? What if she has to risk at more than broken heart? Overall: I loved nerdish heroes and their gibberish scientific sweet talks! I enjoyed their chemistry! #metoomovement , emotional and physical abuse themes were sensitively added into equation. Holden and Malcolm were my favorite supporting characters. I loved the academic romcom premise! I went back and forth between four and five sisters but finally I rounded up 4.5 stars to 5 because of my love for MCs. Especially Adam earned millions of brownie points after the final revelations. He’s sweetest kind of douchebag! This book made me feel so good and put a long and wide smile on my face, made my entire week. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this digital copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey (munnyreads)

    In the words of Adam Driver…. “👌🏼Good soup” 4.5⭐️

  4. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    for a book about science there was some dubious physics at play (see: hero fitting heroine’s entire boob in mouth) this was cute though. heroine did irritate me at times but i’m a curmudgeon when it comes to quirky heroines. she did stand up for herself in the end though and despite the aforementioned whole boob snafu, the sex was 🔥

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 10/12/21: Reached that point of fall when all I want to do is re-read my favorite romances and I am so!!!! happy to report that this one has joined the ranks. Adam and Olive are perfect I will be accepting zero (0) criticism at this time Original read 7/1/21: I went into this one on a complete whim bc I needed an e-book to read on my nightly walk, and it ended up absolutely blowing me away. Everything about this was honestly perfect. The writing, the characters, the chemistry (literal an Re-read 10/12/21: Reached that point of fall when all I want to do is re-read my favorite romances and I am so!!!! happy to report that this one has joined the ranks. Adam and Olive are perfect I will be accepting zero (0) criticism at this time Original read 7/1/21: I went into this one on a complete whim bc I needed an e-book to read on my nightly walk, and it ended up absolutely blowing me away. Everything about this was honestly perfect. The writing, the characters, the chemistry (literal and figurative lol), THE SMUT. This was SO hot, but also SO cute and SO funny and I just loved absolutely every second spent in between these pages. I didn't know who Ali Hazelwood was before going into this, but I will now be anxiously awaiting every book she will ever publish because this was JUST SO GOOD YOU ALL NEED TO READ IT / ADD IT TO YOUR TBRS IMMEDIATELY! My heart!!!!!!! CW: terminal illness (pancreatic cancer), death of a loved one, sexual harassment

  6. 4 out of 5

    pauline

    It is IMPOSSIBLE and downright HORRIBLE for this book to get anything under a 5 star rating 💀 ITS SOOOO FUCKING GOOD and I’m in such a hangover now i literally do not know what to do with myself. Start to finish HOLY SHIT. You’re hook line and sinker baby. Not one dry page here. Adam is one of the MOST WHOLESOME CHARACTERS IVE EVER READ Jesus Christ I’m so in love with this man. And OLIVE?!? My dedication to these two is downright unhealthy. I’ll ride hard for this book forever. It goes down as one o It is IMPOSSIBLE and downright HORRIBLE for this book to get anything under a 5 star rating 💀 ITS SOOOO FUCKING GOOD and I’m in such a hangover now i literally do not know what to do with myself. Start to finish HOLY SHIT. You’re hook line and sinker baby. Not one dry page here. Adam is one of the MOST WHOLESOME CHARACTERS IVE EVER READ Jesus Christ I’m so in love with this man. And OLIVE?!? My dedication to these two is downright unhealthy. I’ll ride hard for this book forever. It goes down as one of my top reads this year. SOOOO MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. The banter. The SPICE. Wait on chapter 16 JUST WAIT ON IT!!! The friendships. ADAM BEING SCARED OF NEEDLES. Olive wrangling out an ice cream sandwich from him. HIM LETTING HER!! WOMEN. IN. SCIENCE. I was a weeee bit scared that the science talk would confuse me because science is definitely not my strongest subject but easy peasy. I’m just obsessed. Rightfully so. This book is phenomenal and I REALLY REALLY need an Adam POV. That epilogue was amazing. The layout of the book is amazing. I’m thrilled about this. Holy crap. What else can I say to convince you…. absolutely top notch.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Why does that look like Kylo Ren and Rey wearing lab coats tho

  8. 5 out of 5

    elena

    Over and over, and in ways that she could never have anticipated, he had made her feel unjudged. Less alone. I want to say this is a case of “It’s not the book, it’s me.” But then again, isn’t that the case for every book we end up disliking that everyone else enjoyed? The Love Hypothesis sounded promising. A PhD student wants to prove to her best friend that she has moved on and is dating. With no way to prove it, she kisses the first man she sees, which ends up being none other than Over and over, and in ways that she could never have anticipated, he had made her feel unjudged. Less alone. I want to say this is a case of “It’s not the book, it’s me.” But then again, isn’t that the case for every book we end up disliking that everyone else enjoyed? The Love Hypothesis sounded promising. A PhD student wants to prove to her best friend that she has moved on and is dating. With no way to prove it, she kisses the first man she sees, which ends up being none other than Dr. Carlsen, known as one of the most unapproachable and critical professors. With his own reasoning, he agrees to become Olive’s fake boyfriend. But what starts as a fake relationship and fake feelings later turns into what Olive wishes were real instead. Professor x student relationships are some of my favorites to read about, especially the younger college student with the academic professor. However, this one still caught my attention, especially considering Adam is moody, sullen, and grumpy, aka my favorite. Olive is also a woman in STEM, and it’s something many young women can relate to. I loved this representation personally, and her experience as a scholar conducting research felt realistic, especially considering she’s not American (she’s Canadian), she’s not male, and she’s pretty young (26). Most of these end up being boundaries for young folk pursuing PhD careers in America, and it’s impressive to see representation like this. This was probably my favorite part of the book because Olive tells us how it’s been difficult for her to participate in a rigorous program like this, from being denied opportunities, not being believed in, to being seen as inferior, all because she’s a young woman in a predominantly male-dominated curriculum. While I’m not a STEM student, I even see it myself in the political field I study in.Men teach most classes, most advisors and major professors are also male, most students in classes end up being men, and everything else is usually male-dominated. Also, it’s not exactly stated, but Olive may or may not be in the asexual spectrum. It’s briefly mentioned in the beginning, even the term is used, and when she and Adam are about to have sex, she mentions to Adam, “It’s not that I want to not have sex. I just . . . don’t particularly want to have it. There is something weird about my brain, and my body, and—I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I don’t seem to be able to experience attraction like other people. Like normal people. I tried to just . . . just to do it, to get it over with, and the guy I did it with was nice, but the truth is that I just don’t feel any . . .” She closed her eyes. This was difficult to admit. “I don’t feel any sexual attraction unless I actually get to trust and like a person, which for some reason never happens. Or, rarely. It hadn’t, not in a long time, but now—I really like you, and I really trust you, and for the first time in a million years I want to—” This is obviously something I wish was expanded more on. However, I still liked the explanation of it and appreciation the mention of it. Adding on to that, Adam being the broody professor that most people are scared about, try to avoid, and are scared to approach, checks off the boxes of the fictional men I personally love reading about. Young, tall, broad, has dark hair, grouchy, scares off everyone, has a resting-bitch face, doesn’t care about the student’s feelings, and somehow only has a soft spot towards the woman he has been pining over for about 2 years. Yup, it marks it all. “That’s the thing with science. We’re drilled to believe that false positives are bad, but false negatives are just as terrifying.” She swallowed. “Not being able to see something, even if it’s in front of your eyes. Purposefully making yourself blind, just because you’re afraid of seeing too much.” However, aside from that . . . there’s not much else I enjoyed. One part of the problem is Adam himself (I know I said I like characters like him), but I have my reasons. Adam felt, respectfully put, very, very bland. It was difficult to understand his personality and the type of person he was other than moody and sullen because it’s something we are constantly and repeatedly told, especially Olive. You could say he needed much more seasoning. Not only that, but by visualizing what I read, I couldn’t picture Olive for the life of me. All I remember from her is that she is a PhD student in the Biology Department at Stanford University, is Canadian, 5”8, and I guess she has brown hair based on the cover. And . . . yeah, that’s it. Visually, I could envision Adam more than Olive, yet we spend the entire book in Olive’s mind (since it’s told from her point of view). This all ties back to the writing and how difficult it was to enjoy the book more because of how little description was given to the characters. Adam, for instance, wasn’t one-dimensional, but it also felt like he needed more personality. I understand him being sullen and broody is part of it (which, as I’ve said before, is perfectly fine with me and understandable), but I feel like it has to do less with that and more with just the mere fact that Adam is just . . . Adam. A young, hot-shot professor who hardly ever smiled and went through tough situations as a PhD student himself. It feels like it could be enough, yet it wasn’t. Speaking of, Olive’s personality also felt a little childish sometimes. The situation that led to Olive kissing Adam (without knowing, of course) is completely unrealistic, so it’s one you need to put your logic to the side for. While the premise was interesting to me, it also made no sense to me how a PhD student, one who is researching pancreatic cancer in one of the best Biology departments of the United States, would kiss a random man she saw in the hallway because she wants to prove to her best friend that she truly is over the boy her best friend wants to date. Because . . . yeah, that’s the actual situation. Olive’s best friend, Anh, wants to date Jeremy, Olive’s ex. Olive is over him and wants nothing to do with him, but Anh thinks it’s breaking the girl code by dating Jeremy, even though Olive knows Anh really likes Jeremy. So to prove that she’s over him and is dating someone else, she kisses Adam when she sees the opportunity that Anh can see them. Pretty unrealistic scenario for a PhD student, if you ask me. Part of these quibbles made the romance more unrealistic and less believable. I had everything I love: professor x student, grumpy x sunshine, and fake dating. But all good things must come to an end. Because of the inability to imagine Olive, not appreciate an unseasoned broody man, and express concern over a PhD student's attitude at certain times, the romance also failed. There were definitely some of the good moments I love in a romance: the first real kiss, feeling the comfort of the other’s touch, realizing you’re whipped for someone you thought you would only see for 10 minutes, but the chemistry felt off. In a sense, it’s slow-burn. It takes a while for the two to kiss with real feelings inside the two, and while I love a slow-burn, I am still always about that emotional connection, and Olive and Adam felt like they didn’t have it. I firmly believe part of it has to do with the fake dating itself. Some of their moments felt awkward and even forced sometimes that I wondered how the two would develop. They were also in moments where they had been “dating” for a while now, in a way the two would really know what to expect, yet they still fumbled like two teenagers experiencing love for the first time. In a way, they were, but I didn’t like how it played out for a PhD student and professor with a PhD. It just made it too unrealistic. There weren’t enough moments between them that made me root for them as a real couple and hope for the best. I even feel as if they weren't friends just because everything they were doing together was part of their whole "We're dating, so we need people to see us" scheme. Their moments felt completely forced, and not even because they’re fake dating. They just truly felt boring. While I had no problem with the writing style itself, I expected to be told more about Olive and Adam. I couldn’t understand how or why Adam liked Olivia. Other than her being nice and intelligent, there wasn’t anything else to understand. Olive first had a crush on Adam, which was understandable, but based on her inner monologue, that crush quickly turned into “I love him” mode, which I was unable to understand where it came from. Most of the moments Adam and Olive have are part of their fake dating scheme (they want Anh, other students, and faculty to see them for reasons. Don’t ask). While they talk professionally and personally, it made her crush on Adam realistic and understandable (a crush is easily made, anyway), but the whole love thing felt like it came out of the blue. And the sex? We don't talk about it. Again, I want to say this is a me thing, but I truly don’t know. If you know me well, you know it’s easy for me to enjoy a romance even if half of my friends didn’t like it. Give me good characters and good dialogue, and realistic emotional connections, and I’ll be good to go. But give me awkward moments between a couple that tries to date and confused love confessions in their mind, and I’ll be confused as well. I wish I could say I laughed at the humor, but I truly didn’t laugh at almost anything. The side characters also felt a little too immature for me sometimes, especially Anh. She forced Olive to interact with Adam, like the sunscreen situation, the car situation, and the lap situation. Some of the situations (like miscommunication) felt understandable because of the plot and the scenarios both Olive and Adam were in, especially considering how the fake dating happened in the first place and what the “rules” were. Other than that though, there wasn't enough for me to like. “I’m going to kill you,” he gritted out, little more than a growl. “If you say another word about the woman I love, if you look at her, if you even think about her—I’m going to fucking kill you.” Overall, The Love Hypothesis had minimal appreciation from me. It being something that may feel too good to be true, it left me confused. I hoped to see some of the relationship development grow on me, but it just felt tedious. I hardly found myself smiling and laughing (like an idiot), which I usually do with books like these, but this one only felt dull. So if you’re still interested in reading this, please ignore me and my emotionless heart right now and give it a chance. You might end up finding a new favorite if you think about it. If not, then you can join me, and we can question our feelings together. ARC provided by Berkley Romance. All quotes mentioned above were taken from an early copy and are subject to change upon publication.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yun

    Ah, scientists in love! Be still, my heart! Olive is a third year Ph.D. candidate, filling her pipettes and titrating like a boss, when she somehow manages to land herself in a fake relationship with the ever glowering Dr. Adam Carlsen. She really can't believe her bad luck. Unfortunately, she has spun her lies, so she has no choice but to see them through. But the more time they spend together, the more Olive starts to realize he might just be the one she's been looking for all along. This was ju Ah, scientists in love! Be still, my heart! Olive is a third year Ph.D. candidate, filling her pipettes and titrating like a boss, when she somehow manages to land herself in a fake relationship with the ever glowering Dr. Adam Carlsen. She really can't believe her bad luck. Unfortunately, she has spun her lies, so she has no choice but to see them through. But the more time they spend together, the more Olive starts to realize he might just be the one she's been looking for all along. This was just a hoot and a half! A lot of romcoms manage to get the romantic part exactly right, but The Love Hypothesis hit the comedy bit out of the park too. Olive's dialogues are witty and snarky, and she pretty much cracked me up from beginning to end. I couldn't stop giggling and snorting, even while reading in public, which definitely got me some weird looks from strangers. I absolutely loved that Ali Hazelwood chose a woman in STEM as her main character, and highlighted the difficulties they encounter as part of this story. As a woman in STEM myself, it warms my heart to see someone like me take center stage in a romance. A lot of what Olive went through, including how intimidating it is to be in a field surrounded by men and how unsure she is of her worth and her ability, I understand intimately. The romance between Olive and Adam developed slowly, with plenty of tension and sizzle. The premise to set up the trope of fake dating was a little silly, but once you get past that, the rest is nothing short of sweet and satisfying. Adam is reticent in the beginning, but he soon thaws and warms up to Olive's relentless cheer and good-natured teasing. His support of her in their shared field is particularly touching and it made me root even harder for this couple. This story totally checks all the boxes for me. It's sweet, smart, and uproariously funny, and it touched my heart and my mind. No doubt about it, anything Ali Hazelwood writes from now on will be devoured by me posthaste. This was my Book of the Month pick for September. If you're curious about BOTM or want to find out how to get your first book for $5, click here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    – 4.5 stars I heard this book started out as a Wattpad story and people weren't impressed with the writing, but honestly I'd take that as a back-handed compliment. Have you read the right Wattpad stories? Some of them are masterpieces and no, I don't take criticism. And no, I'm not talking about After either 😌 The Love Hypothesis will go down as the biggest surprise of this year and no one is more surprise than me. This book has been EVERYWHERE I go. I couldn't outrun this book, even if I wanted t – 4.5 stars I heard this book started out as a Wattpad story and people weren't impressed with the writing, but honestly I'd take that as a back-handed compliment. Have you read the right Wattpad stories? Some of them are masterpieces and no, I don't take criticism. And no, I'm not talking about After either 😌 The Love Hypothesis will go down as the biggest surprise of this year and no one is more surprise than me. This book has been EVERYWHERE I go. I couldn't outrun this book, even if I wanted to. And you know with hype comes great expectations. And with great expectations comes even greater disappointments. Therefore, I made it my mission to go into TLH expecting nothing and received everything. I've read the prologue and I WAS HOOKED!!! When do you ever stumble into a stranger's bathroom blinded, because you're wearing lenses that has been expired for years and said stranger is going to be your biggest motivator for the years to come? Olive and Adam's meet-cute already had me on a chokehold. "It's fine." She waved a hand. She'd have rolled her eyes, if they hadn't been on fire. "The burning usually lasts only a few minues." "You mean you've done this before?" She frowned. "Done what?" "Put in expired contacts." "Of course. Contacts are not cheap." "Neither are eyes." Followed, the story was brimmed with so many rom-com tropes. SO MANY. Maybe Ali Hazelwood tried a little bit too much to bring all of these tropes in one story and maybe it was a bit too much. Personally, I didn't mind it, cause every Olive x Adam interaction just made me smile like a fool. But here is a list of all the tropes, you can expect when reading The Love Hypothesis: 💫 age gap (Olive, 26 & Adam, 34) 💫 sunshine-grumpy 💫 fake-dating 💫 slow-burn 💫 workplace romance 💫 Ph.D student x professor (but it's not forbidden) 💫 mutual pining 💫 friends-to-lovers also known as dumbasses-to-lovers 💫 one-bed trope (kinda) 💫 Hero sees heroine in his clothes and is can't talk for a second 💫 guy simping for the girl first 💫 dimples 💫 asshole-ish Hero who is only soft for his girl 💫 endless banter and teasing "Come on. Maybe we're lucky and the chair will spot us. And I'll buy you an ice cream sandwich afterward." "Will I be paying for this ice-cream sandwich?" He sounded resigned now. "Likely. Actually, scratch that, you probably don't like ice cream anyawy, because you don't enjoy anything that's good in life." She kept on walking, pensively chewing on her lower lip. "Maybe the cafeteria has some raw broccoli?" "I don't deserve this verbal abuse on top of the flu shot. I'll spare the subpar summary of this book, cause y'all can read the blurb for yourself and jump right into everything else 😂 。・゚゚・ The Romance ・゚゚・。 Just look at the list above. It literally has all of my favorite tropes in one book. From the first interaction between Adam and Olive I was clued to the pages. I love their easy banter with each other. Olive teasing him about his age. Adam's hate about everything sugary (but especially Pumpkin Spice Latte). "Are you going to be less harsh, then?" "Unlikely." She sighed. "You know, when I have no more friends and everyone hates me because of this fake-dating thing, I'll be super lonely and you are going to have to hang out with me every day. I'll annoy you all the time. Is it really worth being mean to every grad in the program?" "Absolutely." Adam is notoriously known as the campus asshole professor who makes every grad student piss their pants. He's super strict when it comes to research and calls his student out on their bullshit when someone is not good enough. But when it comes to Olive, he is a soft harmless kitten. He believes in her so much. Adam always encourages and praises Olive for her brilliant work. Adam Carlsen is Olive's #1 fan. "I wish you could see yourself the way I see you." Women in STEM are underrepresentated and it was refreshing to see Olive being one of the few women working there and making a difference with her research on pancreatic cancer. It was interesting to read Olive's frustrating with being a grad student.. all the struggles and insecurites that come with it. All these priviliged white men that think they are some hot shot, but doing the bare minimum work. Olive's smart, a great friend, but you know when I fell in love with her? When Olive and Adam went on their first fake coffee date and Adam offered to pay for her coffee, cuz he knows she's a poor student and what does that girl do? Adds chocolate chip cookie, a banana and a pack of gum to her coffee 😂😂😂 the audacity lmao yes girl get that luxury package lunch 😂 "You're so big." He groaned into her neck. His entire body was vibrating with tension. "You can take it." The Love Hypothesis was very low on the heat level, but that one sex scene we got. I looooved it 🥵🥵🥵 Every time a Hero has such a big dick that the heroine doesn't know if she can take it and he assures her that she can I'M SCREaMINg 🥵🥵🥵 When Adam tells her that he wants to go down on her until she passes out 🥵🥵🥵🥵 When Adam asked Olive if he can fuck her... I'm on my knees for my consent king 🛐🥵 Adam Carlsen, ik hou van jou 🛐🛐🛐 Adam: My arm hurts Olive: From the flu shot? Adam: It's really painful. Olive: Oh, Adam. I'm so sorry. Olive: Should I come over and kiss it better? Adam: You never said it would hurt so bad. Olive: As someone once told me, it's not my job to work on your emotin regulation skills. Adam: 🖕 。・゚゚・ The Friendship between Olive and Anh ・゚゚・。 Anh is Vietnamese and I never see Viet rep in romance book so ofc I'm going to love this girl. Not biased or anything. Anh was a queen anyway and it wasn't hard to stan her 💅 "No matter how many pounds of spoiled shrimp cocktail you projectile vomit, you can trust me. We're a team, you and I. And Malcolm, when he's not busy screwing his way though the Stanford population. So if Carlsen is secretly an extraterrestrial life-form planning a takover of Earth that will ultimately result in humanity being enslaved by evil overlords who look like cicadas, and the only way to stop him is dating him, you can tell me and I'll inform NASA–" Find yourself a best friend who would marry you if she thinks you will get deported back to Canada and need a green card. 🥺 You don't understand how much I love Anh. She was probably my favorite characters from this whole book (no offense to Olive and Adam, cause I love them a lot). My love for her already started that she didn't want to date Jeremy, because Olive dated him and gave her approval. This girl knows the girl code too well and it's for her that Olive had to come up with this ridicilous idea of kissing the first guy she sees in the hallway to convince Anh that she's over Jeremy, so these two can get it on. But then, Anh is also the best wingwoman without knowing. All of her demands for Olive and Adam to show their PDA (Olive using Adam has her chair ✔️ Olive putting sunscreen on a half naked Adam ✔️ Olive kissing Adam ✔️) The list of sexual harassment Adam could compile, I'd love to see it. 😇 。・゚゚・ The Side-Characters ・゚゚・。 The rest of the secondary characters like Holden and Malcolm were awesome too. I love Adam and Holden's friendship. How Holden tries to embarass Adam and Adam pretending to be annoyed and tolerating him even tho their bromance is more than solid. Most of all Holden has Adam's back. "I have access to your Google Calender, asshole. You're not busy. If you don't want to hang out with me, you can just be honest." "I don't want to hang out with you." "You little shit. After the wee we just had. And on my birthday." Adam recoiled slightly. "What? It's not your birthday." "Yes, it is." "Your birthday is April tenth." "Is it, though?" Adam closed his eyes, scratching his forehead. "Holden, we've talked daily for the past twenty-five years, and I have been to at least five Power Rangers-themed birthday parties of yours. The last one was when you turned seventeen. I know when your birthday is." "You always had it wrong, I was just too nice to tell you." Malcolm and Olive had a cute friendship too. Loved how Malcolm was so support of Olive's feeling for Adam even tho he didn't like him. Malcolm with Anh probably the only characters with some brain cells. He gave Olive some good dating advise, but did she listen noooo. 。・゚゚・ A Book not without its faults ・゚゚・。 Like the clown that I am, I really thought this book might be a 5 star read after only reading the prologue lmao that's how much I loved Olive and Adam's first meeting 😂 But of course I jinxed myself, cause there were a couple of things that I annoyed me. I call this book dumbasses-to-lovers for a reason. Olive and Adam had clearly feelings for each other, but were too chicken shit to confess them. Olive had confessed to Malcolm that she was falling in love w Adam and Adam heard it and when Olive said she was talking about someone else, that dumbass really believed her. I mean it makes for good angst for exacly 3 seconds cause I could feel my boy's pain, but how could he not known it was him all along. Same with Olive and her thinking the "amazing girl" Adam was pining for all these year was some random women in his faculty like 😭😭😭 guys I thought you were SMART 😭 And that ending was so unsatisfying. I hate it when a romance doesn't have a proper love confession scene. I know Adam loves Olive and he told it to other, but we never got his "I love you" that he said to Olive. There was her confession and then it was cut right to the epilogue that wasn't all that satisfying either.. 。・゚゚・ Conclusion ・゚゚・。 Should I study for an exam that I have tmrr and instead have read this book? Yes. (1) Will I fail said exam because of this book? Also yes. (2) Will I blame Ali Hazelwood and fictional characters for my inability to manage my life? Y-E-S. (3) Would I do it all over again? See answers (1) to (3) No regrets, I love Olive and Adam so much and The Love Hypothesis will be in my favorite books I've read this year. ♥️ P.S. this book taught me to carry myself with the confidence of a medicore white man if I wanna reach my goal and I'll always remember that. I'll go into the exam with that mentality, I'm suing if I'm still going to fail 😌

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    5 stars I'm gonna call it right now, The Love Hypothesis is going to be my favorite debut of the year. I actually cannot believe this is a debut novel. Ali Hazelwood writes like a seasoned author and I seriously loved this one. It was nerdy in the best way, adorable, steamy, and a heck of a lot of fun! Olive is a Ph.D candidate who doesn't have the time or energy to date. But to appease her best friend, she needs it to appear she is. The most unlikely fake-boyfriend she can think of is who sh 5 stars I'm gonna call it right now, The Love Hypothesis is going to be my favorite debut of the year. I actually cannot believe this is a debut novel. Ali Hazelwood writes like a seasoned author and I seriously loved this one. It was nerdy in the best way, adorable, steamy, and a heck of a lot of fun! Olive is a Ph.D candidate who doesn't have the time or energy to date. But to appease her best friend, she needs it to appear she is. The most unlikely fake-boyfriend she can think of is who she ends up kissing. The young professor with the reputation of being a hardass, Adam Carlsen. This was seriously one of the most fun fake-dating books I've read in a while and I loved the spin this author put on it. Olive cracked me up with all of her fake dating knowledge, the 'one bed' line was one of my favorites of the book. "You could room with me.” “I couldn’t.” “The room is a double, of course,” he offered, as if that piece of information could have possibly changed her mind. “It’s not a good idea.” “Why?” “Adam.” She rubbed her forehead with her fingers. “There will be only one bed.” He frowned. “No, as I said it’s a double—” “It’s not. It won’t be. There will be only one bed, for sure.” He gave her a puzzled look. “I got the booking confirmation the other day. I can forward it to you if you want, it says that—” “It doesn’t matter what it says. It’s always one bed.” He stared at her, perplexed, and she sighed and leaned helplessly against the back of her chair. He’d clearly never seen a rom-com or read a romance novel in his life. The banter, the humor, the romance, this one just had everything I loved all tied up in a fantastic slow burn romance. Adam was exactly the kind of grumpy hero I love and Olive was a wonderful heroine. I have a feeling The Love Hypothesis will be making a lot of people's top favorites list this year and I can't recommend it enough! This is a must read, friends!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    OHHH MY GOD. This was…. incredible. Grumpy hero. Sunshine heroine. Fake dating after she kisses him to show her best friend she’s moved on from her past relationship. Super nerdy/set in STEM and academia. She’s the only one he’s soft with AND he’s crushed on her for years!!! AHHHH. If you couldn’t tell, I loved THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS so much! I started it last night and stayed up late reading it. When I woke up I immediately went to finish the rest (but I definitely could’ve finished it in one sitti OHHH MY GOD. This was…. incredible. Grumpy hero. Sunshine heroine. Fake dating after she kisses him to show her best friend she’s moved on from her past relationship. Super nerdy/set in STEM and academia. She’s the only one he’s soft with AND he’s crushed on her for years!!! AHHHH. If you couldn’t tell, I loved THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS so much! I started it last night and stayed up late reading it. When I woke up I immediately went to finish the rest (but I definitely could’ve finished it in one sitting if I started it earlier in the day, it was that good.) The writing is fresh and fun, the romance is the SWEETEST, and the whole cast of characters is amazing! Olive and Adam are dorky and endearing and I just adored them. And hello Adam was able to move a car with a dead battery all by himself with his bare hands (and muscles)??? I’m going to be thinking about that for…. a while. This was a fantastic debut and I already can’t wait for more from Ali Hazelwood!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (MelReads)

    if you want happiness: read this book🤌🏻✨

  14. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    this shit was scrumdiddlyumptious.

  15. 5 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    When you combine a strong, independent women who works in STEM, with a broody, Kylo Ren look alike that will have you craving more of their quirky romance... For those whom have been following my reviews, y'all know that I am always hesitant to start a new author. Especially a debut author whom's writing is something that I have to get acquainted with. However, Ali Hazelwood has out done herself. I should not be surprised since Berkley Romance always has the best releases and they simple just When you combine a strong, independent women who works in STEM, with a broody, Kylo Ren look alike that will have you craving more of their quirky romance... For those whom have been following my reviews, y'all know that I am always hesitant to start a new author. Especially a debut author whom's writing is something that I have to get acquainted with. However, Ali Hazelwood has out done herself. I should not be surprised since Berkley Romance always has the best releases and they simple just know their audience completely. With that being said, Adam and Olive have taken a toll around my heart and mind to falling in love with them and their "fake" trop romance. Their first interaction is my ideal type of "cute meet" that we all romance lovers will instantly fall for and just obsess with. The rom-com appeal to this novel is also one that will seriously attract you right away. A quirky independent STEM female student is introduced to a broody academia mentor that has no facial expressions, and is broody and just absolutely addicting to the reader. Their fake relationship starts off as a way of convenience. A convenience for both Olive and Adam. While helping each other out, Olive realizes that her "fake" emotions are not so fake after all. And the risk of Adam finding out is not something she is willing to take. But Olive will never be able to have enough of the way that Adam is. No matter how broody he may be towards everyone, he is not towards Olive; "Maybe it was the words, or maybe the tone. Maybe it was the way he'd just told her something about himself, or how he'd taken her hand earlier and saved her from her misery. Her knight in black armor..." With time, and the obstacles that come in the way of Olive's future research towards pancreatic cancer, she knows that it's not an easy route to take. But with the help of Adam and of course, her very well independent smart self and the courage and confidence of striving to get the answers she needs, Olive shows us that being a women in STEM is a beauty to read and know more of. And when Adam finally puts his walls down and expresses his true feelings towards Olive, it's one heck of a story fo just adore and simply fall for. I am looking forward to see what else Ali has up her sleeves. I can see this turning into a series, I wish it could be for Holden and Malcum because who doesn't like a good MM romance, am I right? But either way, I am beyond excited to see what else Ali has for us romance lovers. ARC kindly provided by Berkley Romance, in exchange for an honest review... Follow Me On: Instagram ♕ Twitter

  16. 5 out of 5

    emma

    Excuse me a moment. I just have to give myself a little pep talk. Won't take more than a paragraph or two. Okay, Emma. I know you - gag - felt...feelings during this book. I know you were invested in the romance in a way that you have rarely been invested in anything that can remotely be construed as warm and cozy and positive. Your most-watched movie is Spotlight and when you were at home alone for a week you spent it rewatching Mindhunter and You. Your heart is typically shale-esque, in hardnes Excuse me a moment. I just have to give myself a little pep talk. Won't take more than a paragraph or two. Okay, Emma. I know you - gag - felt...feelings during this book. I know you were invested in the romance in a way that you have rarely been invested in anything that can remotely be construed as warm and cozy and positive. Your most-watched movie is Spotlight and when you were at home alone for a week you spent it rewatching Mindhunter and You. Your heart is typically shale-esque, in hardness and brittleness and darkness. So I know that you're tempted to give five stars for the fact that it cracked your Grinchy shell and made your heart grow three sizes or whatever, but no. This is not a perfect book even though reading it was, like, a near-perfect experience. Even I, who thinks the miscommunication part of any romance is the best part due to the fact that is the most angsty and suffering-based, thought there were about 7 miscommunications too many here. And I could have used a bit more personality from our love interest. Maybe, I don't know, actually I take that back because men should leave being fun and characterized to women, who do it better. Okay. End pep talk because it isn't working. This is an insanely cute and skipped-heartbeat-inducing book and I want to give it five stars for that alone. Maybe I'll come back to it. Bottom line: Yippee! There's nothing more fun than enjoying a romcom! --------------- pre-review this is an extremely cute book that simultaneously rivals normal people in anxiety-inducing miscommunication. review to come / 4 stars!!! --------------- tbr review science nerds fake dating!!!!!!!!!!! --------------- challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects! ARC 1: spaceman of bohemia ARC 2: in search of us ARC 3: aerialists ARC 4: the sound of drowning ARC 5: unleaving ARC 6: the other side of luck ARC 7: romanov ARC 8: the storm keeper's island ARC 9: gut check ARC 10: when force meets fate ARC 11: sisters in hate ARC 12: before i disappear ARC 13: big time ARC 14: stolen science ARC 15: have a little faith in me ARC 16: invitation to a bonfire ARC 17: the splendor ARC 18: how to be luminous ARC 19: the little women cookbook ARC 20: while we were dating ARC 21: the lost girls ARC 22: wait for it ARC 23: your life has been delayed ARC 24: a million things ARC 25: the royals next door ARC 26: the love hypothesis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ishika

    “How many times have you done this?” “Zero. But I am familiar with the trope.” “The . . . what?” He blinked at her, confused. A fake dating trope book in which the main character Oliver is aware of the fake dating trope. Yet she decides to fake date someone. Someone she thinks is not nice. Someone who hates people. And yet she decides to fake date him because it's the real world right? Things like falling in love with someone while fake dating happens only in rom-coms and as her friend Anh says,"N “How many times have you done this?” “Zero. But I am familiar with the trope.” “The . . . what?” He blinked at her, confused. A fake dating trope book in which the main character Oliver is aware of the fake dating trope. Yet she decides to fake date someone. Someone she thinks is not nice. Someone who hates people. And yet she decides to fake date him because it's the real world right? Things like falling in love with someone while fake dating happens only in rom-coms and as her friend Anh says,"Nuh-uh. This is a Hallmark movie. Or a poorly written young adult novel. That will not sell well." Olive scratched her nose. “Because he is . . .” It cost her, to say the word. Oh, it cost her. But she had to. “Nice.” If you ask me why did I read this book when I was already reading 3 books at the same time. Well there are lots of reason for this question but the best reason is H.Y.P.E. Literally everyone was reading this book at the same time and everyone was rating it 5 stars. Now this reminds me(and almost everyone) of some other book. Any guesses? No? The name of the book is *drum roll* The Spanish Love Deception. Now let's compare these two books. 1.Fake dating trope 2.Both of the main leads work at the same place. 3.Male character is hard from outside but soft from inside. And that's it. No more similarities between these two. And I really shouldn't even be comparing these two. Olive opened her laptop with half a mind to google “Organs one can live without” and “How much cash for them” Let's talk about Olive. I like her a lot. She's relatable, strong. She was one of the few women working in STEM and she don't get disheartened by the sexist nature of people working over there. I know I shouldn't even be comparing myself with her but I have studied with around 25 boys and me being the only girl so I get how sexist people can get. But let's not talk about that. My point is there's one scene where she gets angry at Adam because someone else called her out for being Adam's girlfriend. So a lot of people hate her for that but I don't. The only problem is that I really don't get how fake dating Adam would help Olive to get out of her friend's radar. But then okay you want to be a good friend then do whatever you feel like but Anh seemed to be way too pushing. She forced Olive to do a lot of embarrassing stuffs and Olive did it because she wanted to show Anh that she's finally over her ex. Other than this I loved the book. I was laughing so much the entire time. Here's one of my favorite scenes from the book. Don't worry the scene takes place in the beginning of the book so nothing would be spoiled for those who haven’t read this yet. “Did you… Did you just kiss me?” He sounded puzzled, and maybe a little out of breath. His lips were full and plump and… God. Kissed. There was simply no way Olive could get away with denying what she had just done. Still, it was worth a try. “Nope.” Surprisingly, it seemed to work. “Ah. Okay, then.” Carlsen nodded and turned around, looking vaguely disoriented. He took a couple of steps down the hallway, reached the water fountain - maybe where he’d headed in the first place. Olive was starting to believe that she might actually be off the hook when he halted and turned back with a skeptical expression. “Are you sure?”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    UMMMMM THIS WAS AMAZING!?!? I was definitely scared to start this because of the hype, but this was grumpy hero, fake dating PERFECTION. I was obsessed with this romance from the moment that Olive kisses Adam in front of her best friend. I loved how Adam was this grump who took his job seriously and didn't care if anyone liked him. He slowly opened up to Olive and I love how they slowly fell for each other. This is definitely a slow burn, but I ate every moment up. I also loved how this was abou UMMMMM THIS WAS AMAZING!?!? I was definitely scared to start this because of the hype, but this was grumpy hero, fake dating PERFECTION. I was obsessed with this romance from the moment that Olive kisses Adam in front of her best friend. I loved how Adam was this grump who took his job seriously and didn't care if anyone liked him. He slowly opened up to Olive and I love how they slowly fell for each other. This is definitely a slow burn, but I ate every moment up. I also loved how this was about a woman in academia and all of the obstacles women go through. It was hard to read at times near the end with how Olive was treated just because she was a woman in a male dominated industry. I was worried she wouldn't open up to Adam, but, of course, it all worked out in the end! Adam was definitely my favorite and I am literally obsessed with him now!

  19. 5 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    4.5 stars Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been feeling more cynical about the romances I’ve been reading. Maybe it’s the fact that the book has the sweetest romance accompanied by a lot of talk about women in STEM which I can relate to. Or maybe it’s just the fact that these two were So. Freakin. Cute!!!! Everything about this was just so good!! Their banter??? Ahh I could set and listen to their banter for hours. Adam was such a perfect sweetheart. The way he used to be in love with her for years? 4.5 stars Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been feeling more cynical about the romances I’ve been reading. Maybe it’s the fact that the book has the sweetest romance accompanied by a lot of talk about women in STEM which I can relate to. Or maybe it’s just the fact that these two were So. Freakin. Cute!!!! Everything about this was just so good!! Their banter??? Ahh I could set and listen to their banter for hours. Adam was such a perfect sweetheart. The way he used to be in love with her for years? The way he supports and protects her? The consent? The pining? How he was such a grump who makes people cry, but he’s such a total softie with her? I just love him. the romance was cute. Their interactions were cute. Those two together were just so freakin cute and adorable and I’m just so in love. The book was so tropy, but ugh it just made me smile like an idiot the whole time. I didn’t mind it at all. The book just made me feel so happy. And yes a little bit mad because women in STEM are treated so unfairly which made me feel so angry for Olive. And I loved how she talked about her struggles and insecurities, because academia is just..a lot. I’m also kinda annoyed it took both of them too long to confess when it was just so obvious and so easy to confess their feelings, but whatever they were both idiots and I forgive them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    mina reads™️

    3.5 stars So cute. Perfect for grumpy x sunshine trope enthusiasts More thoughts can be found in this week’s vlog: https://youtu.be/6P3z0JUy8LI 3.5 stars So cute. Perfect for grumpy x sunshine trope enthusiasts More thoughts can be found in this week’s vlog: https://youtu.be/6P3z0JUy8LI

  21. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    i deserve an olympic medal for the mental gymnastics i went through to NOT imagine the love interest as the actual adam driver, and i failed spectacularly. i don't know how it's legal or even acceptable in the pubishing world for a book to literally transplant real people as its main characters, but go off queen. it's like if christian grey in 50 shades of grey was named edward or robert and hardin from after by anna todd was actually named harry styles. the story itself was fine, but i exerted i deserve an olympic medal for the mental gymnastics i went through to NOT imagine the love interest as the actual adam driver, and i failed spectacularly. i don't know how it's legal or even acceptable in the pubishing world for a book to literally transplant real people as its main characters, but go off queen. it's like if christian grey in 50 shades of grey was named edward or robert and hardin from after by anna todd was actually named harry styles. the story itself was fine, but i exerted a lot of energy pretending to not notice all the ways the author was quite literally copying other characters (and real people). this book was better than i expected because it took two things i typically dont love in romance, the fake dating trope and the academia environment, and made it a pretty addicting read. i agree with other reviews that you don't learn a ton about olive, but she was still enjoyable to read about. for a book that's so praised for its smut i was surprised that there was only one sex scene, but this book definitely had its moments of tension that made it intense all the same. i thought the first half dragged just a little bit because there weren't very many hard-hitting plot points until the midway point, but i still read it all in two sittings. now im just gonna sit here and wait until someone plagiarizes the witcher and i get a romance book about a 6'2 man in a silver wig named henry

  22. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    IT'S LIVE!!!!!!! I'm so jealous of all of you who already own a physical copy, I can't wait to get mine. Don't wait any longer and order your copy, you'll love it!!! ___________________________________ OMG I don't know what to say...... but one thing is sure, it's one of the BEST romances I read in a very LONG time!!!! It's so good!!!! Like, really AMAZING, from beginning to end. There was NOTHING in this book that I didn't love. Brilliant debut novel!!! Full review This book was everything I love IT'S LIVE!!!!!!! I'm so jealous of all of you who already own a physical copy, I can't wait to get mine. Don't wait any longer and order your copy, you'll love it!!! ___________________________________ OMG I don't know what to say...... but one thing is sure, it's one of the BEST romances I read in a very LONG time!!!! It's so good!!!! Like, really AMAZING, from beginning to end. There was NOTHING in this book that I didn't love. Brilliant debut novel!!! Full review This book was everything I love about a romance. It was refreshingly different, with an engaging plot and a wonderful supporting cast as well as two main characters that pulled on my heartstrings. I’m a HUGE fan of characters that are different, and I loved that Olive and Adam weren’t your run-of-the-mill couple. They were both scientists at heart, and both were personalities that had a hard time making new friends. And I loved that when their friendship grew into more their connecting became visceral, palpable. It hit me right where it counted. Also I think I was grinning for most of the book. There were so many amazing scenes between them. Olive teasing, Adam being grumpy, but also totally wrapped around her finger. The back and forth between them was priceless. The banter. The humor. The friends. This book had it all!! And OMG the sex scenes, which weren’t many, but the few were AMAZING!!!! Absolutely beautifully done, hot, sexy, and sizzling. I think I caught myself reading with an open mouth, they were this sensual. It’s not easy to put all these feelings into words. There aren’t many romances that really surprise me anymore. And with that I mean that romances with unique characters and a different kind of story are rare. Many romances fizzle out, this one did not. I also loved that the author took a popular trope but put her own spin to it. And that she really committed to the science background. She did an amazing job with it, and it was obvious she knew what she was talking about. And even though I always expected the other shoe to drop, thankfully the author did an absolutely fantastic job with the climax. Moreover the novel had great LBGTQ and BIPOC representation!!! ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    The Love Hypothesis is the kind of book that I think is better for newbie romance readers. For me, with thousands of romance books under my belt, it became painful to read by the end. I started out reading The Love Hypothesis feeling giddy and elated. I *adored* the geeky, surly professor and poor grad student dynamic, and the narration by Callie Dalton was bangin'. I was 100000% sure that I was going to love this book, and I started recommending it to everyone. But slowly, slowly, things start The Love Hypothesis is the kind of book that I think is better for newbie romance readers. For me, with thousands of romance books under my belt, it became painful to read by the end. I started out reading The Love Hypothesis feeling giddy and elated. I *adored* the geeky, surly professor and poor grad student dynamic, and the narration by Callie Dalton was bangin'. I was 100000% sure that I was going to love this book, and I started recommending it to everyone. But slowly, slowly, things starting creeping in. I will be the first to admit that The Love Hypothesis is an impressive debut from Ali Hazelwood. I'm impossibly excited to read her future work, but I dearly hope she changes a few things about how she crafts romance books for her second novel. This book is *excruciating* at times. The number of miscommunications and misunderstandings and deliberate withholding of information truly boggles the mind. With such a skilled narrator and such a great start to the book, you would think I would be riveted to the story, but by the end I had to speed up the narration a ton just to force myself to finish. I wanted to smack both characters in the head. Repeatedly. It is a huge pet peeve of mine when authors rely on miscommunications for the whole tension and plot of a book, and by 50% of the way in, it became abundantly clear that this is what we were facing. I was pretty upset that what had seemed so promising took such a sideways turn. Look, maybe you'll love this book and eat up every morsel, but I was actually angry by the end of this book. Your mileage may vary with this one. goodreads|instagram|twitter|tiktok

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    **Spoiler Alert** The best part about this story is the focus on women in STEM everything else is a blurry, one-dimensional mess that left me with way too many questions. 1. What if Olive hadn't fake kissed Adam? Would he have continued to wait even more years before engaging with her? 2. Olive kissing a random guy instead of properly communicating with her supposed 'best friend' is outlandish. Their motivation for keeping up the lies (and yes, they were both lying) was unconvincing. 3. How did Oli **Spoiler Alert** The best part about this story is the focus on women in STEM everything else is a blurry, one-dimensional mess that left me with way too many questions. 1. What if Olive hadn't fake kissed Adam? Would he have continued to wait even more years before engaging with her? 2. Olive kissing a random guy instead of properly communicating with her supposed 'best friend' is outlandish. Their motivation for keeping up the lies (and yes, they were both lying) was unconvincing. 3. How did Olive go (within a span of 2 hours) from being a victim of sexual assault to joking about bad sushi and inconsequential things. That scene could have been so powerful yet it was poorly handled by Hazelwood. 4. Anh, the 'best friend', is such a cliche character. Ugh 5. Hazelwood threw in asexuality to tick a box, not because she wanted to actually write an asexual character. Olive trying to explain her sexuality while Adam was going down on her was one of the funniest non-funny scenes I've ever read. Like, girl, stfu. 6. Finally, what exactly does Olive look like??!!! I knew she was 5'8" and skinny. For that matter, I know more about Adam's henleys and plaid shirts than I do him. Overall, I was left feeling dissatisfied especially the fact that I didn't laugh even once. Isn't this meant to be a rom-com?

  25. 5 out of 5

    kimberly ☆

    first of all as a woman and stem, i can absolutely say this book did us justice, i’m not a scientist I’m an engineer but either way i feel very well represented. This story is so good it’s so easy to follow i read it so quickly i even surprised myself. adam is the perfect man truly, he’s brooding and quiet but intelligent and so caring. It also serves in an academic setting, and i really thrive reading books about those. i would like to put him in the same category as connor cobalt but i don’t k first of all as a woman and stem, i can absolutely say this book did us justice, i’m not a scientist I’m an engineer but either way i feel very well represented. This story is so good it’s so easy to follow i read it so quickly i even surprised myself. adam is the perfect man truly, he’s brooding and quiet but intelligent and so caring. It also serves in an academic setting, and i really thrive reading books about those. i would like to put him in the same category as connor cobalt but i don’t know if he deserves that level just yet, but i will say their energy is quite similar at least to me. this book was very fun for me and i really liked it so for that it gets a 5/5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    She-who-must-not-be-named

    This book left me with an Adam-sized hole in my heart. And if you’ve read the book you know it’s a huge, huge hole.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Fake dating + characters in STEM professions + slow burn + shared hotel room? Add in a lovely writing style and one of the most satisfying comeuppances for a villain I've read in quite some time? Sold. This is just my trope candy, 1000%, and this is definitely one of my favorite 2021 contemporary releases CW: workplace sexual harassment Update: already reread it, still squeeing about it... time to upgrade to the full 5 stars Fake dating + characters in STEM professions + slow burn + shared hotel room? Add in a lovely writing style and one of the most satisfying comeuppances for a villain I've read in quite some time? Sold. This is just my trope candy, 1000%, and this is definitely one of my favorite 2021 contemporary releases CW: workplace sexual harassment Update: already reread it, still squeeing about it... time to upgrade to the full 5 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    This is the best book i’ve ever read. I’m about to make it my entire personality and everybody else’s problem😌 I absolutely LOVED this romcom. The Love Hypothesis follows graduate student Olive navigate love and being a woman in STEM. When her bets friend falls HARD for the guy Olive was dating, Olive decides to find a man to fake date, so that her best friend believes she's truly over Jeremy and gets together with him. When Olive kisses a man she later finds out if a professor at her school in f This is the best book i’ve ever read. I’m about to make it my entire personality and everybody else’s problem😌 I absolutely LOVED this romcom. The Love Hypothesis follows graduate student Olive navigate love and being a woman in STEM. When her bets friend falls HARD for the guy Olive was dating, Olive decides to find a man to fake date, so that her best friend believes she's truly over Jeremy and gets together with him. When Olive kisses a man she later finds out if a professor at her school in front of her best friend, they find themselves in a mutually beneficial fake relationship. This book is trope-y, but very self aware. The narrator is familiar with the rom-com genre, and constantly cracks at the hilarity of their unrealistic situation. The love interest, on the other hand, is not familiar with... pretty much anything pop culture and you can watch him fall in love with her in real time. His lack of self-awareness definitely lends itself to how quickly his feelings for her develop. The chemistry between our two leads is /absolutely everything./ Theres miscommunication, which definitely isn't usually for me, but I didn't mind it too much in this book because the angst that comes out of it is so electric. Watching them fall for each other while vehemently denying the other returns feelings is super fun to read. Now.. I technically read this book for the first time about three years ago. This book was originally published as a fanfiction (Head Over Feet on AO3) and it took me over half the book to realize! It felt.. very familiar but at the same time improved from the original. Head Over Feet has always been one of the most popular works in the Star Wars fandom, and the original was fantastic, but The Love Hypothesis is definitely a step up. If you were unfamiliar with the original characters and fandom tropes from this universe, you would have no clue this was written originally as a fanfiction. Overall, I think this book is outstanding. Maybe I'm a little biased because I was technically mentioned in the acknowledgements😏😏 but I absolutely loved everything about it. If you're looking for a book about women in STEM, a fun romcom with charismatic leads, of if you just want to delve back into 2018-era Star Wars fandom, this book is for you :)) If you've ever seen the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, it's basically all the characters but with name swaps. Finn and Poe are gay in this book, which should've been canon in the movies🙄 Rose is bi if I remember right? Ben and Rey are the main characters. Hux and Snoke also make appearances in their typically antagonistic fashion. *important note: the love interest has never been and never will be the professor of the main character. He just works at her graduate school. So... technically a teacher-student trope, but without the gross power imbalances.

  29. 5 out of 5

    literarylesbian

    Content Warnings: sexual harassment This book was so good 😭💓 it got me out of my reading slump and is now officially my first book of September 🤩

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mareeva

    This book gave me diabetes and a permanent eye twitch. This book gave me diabetes and a permanent eye twitch.

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