Hypothesis: You’ll Love This Story
5 out of 5 stars
There are times when you write a review that’s so good… then poof, it’s gone. This is one of those cases. I had a long-winded review of how much I enjoyed The Love Hypothesis, then it was just gone. This hasn’t happened to me in a while, but I’ll just take it as I wasn’t doing a good enough job explaining how much I enjoyed this story.
The main characters were pretty opposite – Olive is pretty easygoing, even if hard on herself. And Adam is dark and mysterious but also known around campus as being impossible to make happy. Just spend a few minutes outside of his office during office hours and someone is bound to come out in tears.
I really enjoyed Olive’s character. I thought she was strong and smart and funny while being vulnerable and extremely driven. Adam was hard to like at first but as he opened up to Olive and as the fake relationship started to bloom into something more – I saw him for who he was.
The Love Hypothesis was one of those books that I knew I was going to like from the first few pages, I just didn’t know to what extent. I loved it – I thought that Hazelwood did a wonderful job of showing us most of her hands early on in the book and continuously showing us more cards that should have given things away but didn’t. The book still had lots of suspense and kept me riveted to my seat.
There was a part of the book that I won’t get into, but it dealt with some things that could have been triggering to some but I think that they needed to be in this. It is, sadly, something that goes on and I think that the things that happened and the way that things were handled were very true-to-life. Once things came to light (also, I love the way Hazelwood just sprinkled in the fact that Olive may have had more than she bargained for) – I liked the way that Adam and everyone dealt with it. I also like that Olive was the one to take charge and actually show the evidence when it came down to it. Taking back the moment in times like that is extremely important.
Overall, The Love Hypothesis was a blast from beginning to end. Hazelwood wrote characters and situations that I just kept wanting to read more about. I mentioned above – a few things were sort of talked about throughout and when they happened or when the thing that was hinted about came out – it was still a great payoff. That’s hard to do and hard to do well – Hazelwood nailed it.
As a third-year PhD 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.The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Narrator: Callie Dalton
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Series: The Love Hypothesis #1
Published by Penguin Audio on September 14th 2021
Genres: Romance, RomCom
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