Note: This review is spoiler free
Book: The Love Hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Age: For readers 16 and up
Waittt hold up? When was the last time I ever gave a rating to a contemporary book even remotely close to 5 stars? NEVER. I can’t even remember the last time I enjoyed one without full on cringing. I went into this book thinking I’d hate it. Teacher-student romance? How about no. YA Contemporary? Hmmm I can already guess the writing will be horrific. I’d already written it off as a cringy romance with a possibly toxic love interest like every other romance novel nowadays.
I was wrong. SO WRONG.
On the risk of sounding like I’m advocating this book using a “not like other books” trope, this book is NOT like other contemporary books and here’s why:
Things I liked:
WE GET IT. IT STARTED TO GET REPETITIVE AFTER THE FIRST 3056883 TIMES YOU MENTIONED IT. PLS AND THANK YOU.
2. Miscommunication trope: I hope this trope burns and rots forever because it is insufferable and is the reason why everything bad is happening in the world right now.
3. Adam Liking Olive (SPOILERS): Was not a fan of the revelation that Adam liked her since that bathroom incident. I mean it's fine if he was like “Oh she seems so cool” but noooo he met her for five minutes and then literally never had a conversation with her in three years but apparently he was head over heels for her during that time. It was kind of like… dare I say it… instant love. 🤢 🤮
But guys this was such a good book that the minor instant love thingy was forgotten really easily. I loved pretty much everything about it and would like the whole book tattooed on my forehead 😌
6/26/2022 08:59:09 am
This book was my first-ever STEM romance read, and I found it WHILE I was in the middle of writing a STEM rom-com! It will forever hold a place in my heart -- I adore it. (And who doesn't love a good "you can take it" moment??? *fanning self*) As a mathematician, I'm thrilled with all the women-in-STEM romance becoming increasingly available and popular. It's about time out romance heroines do something other than own adorable small-town bakeries, lol! (Though I love my share of those books too)
6/26/2022 06:42:14 pm
OMG I SCREAMED AT THE "you can take it" PART. And yesss I'm so glad stem books are becoming more popular! HAHA for real!! If I have to read another book with a small town bakery girl I will literally lose it lol
6/26/2022 09:57:39 am
Gosh, I love TLH so much! And yes, Adam do has more character than most brooding men in fiction. But I have to say that I would have loved a little pov change.
6/26/2022 06:44:00 pm
YAY! Glad you love it too! I would have LOVED an Adam pov. I would give up my left pinkie toe for TLH sold separately in Adam's pov
6/28/2022 05:31:41 am
I loved this one!! The witty banter was so good!!
6/28/2022 03:20:48 pm
Such a lovely review! I was really impressed how the author made it possibly that a book with this fake-dating story line was so so good! When I read books about fake-dating I always think like that’s so super unrealistic and would never happen like that in real life. That was basically what I thought at the beginning of this book, that this is just another u realistic but hopefully cute romance. And though I still think fake-dating is unrealistic I was so impressed how really well written this book was in the end. The slowly developing relationship between Olive and Adam was on point in my opinion. The only thing I might disagree a bit with your review (Spoiler ahead) is that I actually did like the revelation that Adam liked Olive since the bathroom incident. Because in my mind he found her very charismatic und likeable when he met her in that bathroom. Then their paths crossed from time to time, like wasn’t he on her admission board or something? So like I thought he was able to watch her from a distance all those years and what might have started as a minor crush developed into a huge one during that time. I found that not too unrealistic. But I can still understand what your saying.
6/29/2022 07:44:11 am
What an amazing review!
6/29/2022 08:22:41 am
Love this review so much great detail without giving away any spoilers!!!
6/30/2022 02:21:32 pm
I agree that this book was really funny and had a great writing style! Though, I did think it was written in a cartoony way at times, where some reactions didn't seem like sth anyone would do irl 😂
7/1/2022 10:04:21 am
Your review is so good! I agree! The humor was so natural and flowed nicely. I also liked that we Know Olives schedule is super busy but its not something that is a constant reminder and fluff. I agree with you on how underwhelming it was when it was revealed that they were the ones that meant in the restroom. But overally I ATE this book up! It was realistic, not cringy, and the characters were *chefs kisses*
7/4/2022 09:03:36 am
Yes. All the yes. While I don't always mind the cringe in most contemporary romances nowadays, it was incredibly refreshing to NOT have second hand embarrassment for Olive every other page. The tension between them was almost elegant. And as someone who does not have a STEM background, I felt as though everything was written and explained in a way that I was never lost but I also never felt stupid. Also, I felt the touch on sexism of women in STEM, amongst other things, made this book even stronger than most like it. It perfectly balanced the romcom tropes we all try to escape in and the harsh realities of so many. Great review! And obvi a great read!
Kudos to your review! So in depth and you put actual words to all of the elements of the story that I loved.
7/4/2022 11:31:03 am
Loved this thoroughly written review! I do agree that it had good writing and didn’t come off sounding like a fan fiction.
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