The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood

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YEAR OF PUBLICATION : September 2021

PUBLISHER : Berkley Books

GENRE : Contemporary Romance

STANDALONE

TROPES :

  • Fake Dating
  • Age Gap
  • Who did this to you
  • Professor x Student
  • I Hate all but you (subtle)

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The Love Hypotheses is by far, one of the best Contemporary Romance books I’ve ever read. Honestly, this was 100% a ‘Bookstagram made me do it’ read. I had been seeing it a lot all over Bookstagram and was curious to see what the hype is all about. After finishing the book in a single sitting, I can gladly conclude that yes, it is worth all the hype it is getting.

The fake-dating trope is almost always either a hit or a miss and this one was a clear hit. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking this book after the premise but boy did it grow on me. Sure, it isn’t really steamy but it gives the readers a story that is captivating and at the same time addresses some very crucial issues for women in STEM. The sensitivity with which the author has depicted these issues is worth applauding.

The storyline was poignant and intricately woven with little but impactful twists and the plot as a whole was encapsulating. I liked how despite being a book from the Scientific setting, there was little scientific jargon, something that I, being a non-science student, highly appreciated. Most of the Rom-Coms tend to get the Romance part right but the Comedy part is a bit lousy. However, to my utter pleasure, the quips in this book were hilarious and the dialogue delivery was candidly sarcastic.

All the characters are articulately penned, each with a purpose. The character pool in the book was neither too crowded, nor too sparse. The Romance between Adam and Olive was the epitome of slow burn. Initially, Adam was a bit reticent and hard to like but, he was kind to Olive. Olive was an utter sweetheart. The fact that despite being from the same field, Adam is relentlessly supportive of Olive is what made me root for this couple harder than ever.

This book checks all the tick boxes. It was sweet, snarky, humorous, romantic and overall, one heck of a read. I adored the engaging and vivid writing style of the author which is what drew me in, in the very first place. The narrative is strong, reliable and real which makes the book better as a whole. I would definitely be recommending it to everyone who is a fan of the Contemporary Romance genre or is in the mood for a decent Rom-Com.

𝚁𝙰𝚃𝙸𝙽𝙶 = ☆☆☆☆☆


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