Review: ‘The Love Hypothesis’ by Ali Hazelwood

by Victoria Bromley

Is the “The TikTok sensation” really a cute, all consuming read or is it just a cringy failure at a contemporary romance?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. To those celebrating healthy relationships, those needing the encouragement to pursue their crush, and the singletons thriving on self-love and self-growth, it’s the time to reflect on those we love and how much we value them in our lives. And what better way to feel the love than by settling down with a romance novel?

I picked up The Love Hypothesis in Waterstones last month to see what all the hype was about. I’ve read a few BookTok recommended books, such as It Ends with Us and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and while Evelyn Hugo was one of my favourite reads of 2021, I didn’t feel as if It Ends with Us was as good as I hoped (but still a solid four stars from me). So with my conflict with BookTok recommendations, not knowing whether to trust them or proceed with caution, I went into The Love Hypothesis with an open mind wanting to enjoy the ride.

Really quick plot outline (as I’m sure many of you know the story by now, even if you haven’t actually read it yet): Olive is a PhD biology student at Stanford University who kisses the first guy she sees as she told her best friend she was dating someone new. It then turns out that the mystery man she kisses is the notoriously grumpy and strict professor Adam Carlsen. They begin to fake date which benefits them both greatly as Olive wants to prove she’s over her ex as her best friend is in love with him and she wants them to get together, and Adam needs to prove to the department that he’s not going anywhere so they unfreeze his funds.

Let me make it clear: I LOVED it! There you go, I’ve put you out of your misery. 

I don’t usually like romance tropes such as fake dating. I find it too obvious that they’ll get together in the end, so if it’s inevitable, why read the whole book to be validated for your correct prediction? But this book taught me that even if you think you know where it’s going, enjoying the journey of the characters, feeling their turmoil, being consumed in the conflict, is just as satisfying as a plot twist. 

Having a female protagonist who’s in STEM academia? Yes please! I loved the feminist representation of women in science. It’s a subject I don’t know much about so I loved being educated about what it’s like to be a PhD student in a subject so far from my comfort zone which is English language and creative writing. 

Let’s talk about the age gap. I personally think it worked. It wasn’t illegal or cringy because they are both adults, but the scandal and challenges of being different ages wasn’t lost. The chemistry Olive and Adam have (excuse the pun) is so tangible, I loved them together so much.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, I definitely would. It has everything a romance needs. Conflict, tension, chemistry… What more do you want?

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