The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Published: September 14, 2021 by Berkley Books
Date read: November 12, 2023
Olive and Adam
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
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.
I waited so long to read The Love Hypothesis because I was worried I wouldn’t like it based on the reviews I’d seen, but then I realized it was on Netgalley so I had to review it.
I liked the story, I thought it was fine, but I don’t necessarily understand all the five-star hype. Maybe because I’m not a scientist and didn’t go do grad school or do a doctorate? I am an engineer though, so I could relate to the male-dominated-field aspect. I can’t imagine dating a professor, though, even if he wasn’t my professor. Ick! And she basically assaulted a random professor in the school hallway? Extra ick.
Overall the characters felt a lot younger than their supposed ages. It felt like YA except with sex, especially with Anh nagging Olive to publicly display affection to Adam. Forcing her to kiss him in public? I wouldn’t even have wanted to kiss my fiance in that situation.
I got super annoyed by the constant descriptions of how big Adam was. We get it, he’s a giant, and you’re a tiny delicate twig.
I wish Olive’s described demisexuality would have been discussed more, I feel like that could have added some depth and interest. There was only the “something’s wrong with me” thoughts from Olive and none of the “oh, no, I’m just demisexual and that’s okay”.
I did love the culmination of Olive’s professional issue and how Adam defended her–this was the best part. Otherwise, it was fine, not good not terrible, but I’m not sure I totally get the hype. Not upset I read it, but I’m not pushing the next book up my TBR any.
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