Let’s talk about The Love Hypothesis. This book has taken Tiktok by storm. There’s a mixed review for this from what I’ve seen. Some people loved it, some people didn’t. I obviously did.
This follows the story of Olive Smith and Dr. Adam Carlsen. Oh, Dr. Carlsen. What can I say…
So basically… Fake dating. Professor – Student (–ish). Sunshine/Grumpy trope. Saying anything more would spoil the book.
Here’s the synopsis 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.
That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. This 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.
What I don’t like about the book
That’s not to say that I don’t like the book. It’s just that… predictable.
You might be curious. But Reina, if it’s predictable, why did you rate it high?
What I like about the book
Despite being predictable, it managed to still be highly entertaining. I’ve read hundreds of books, I’ve read many books with this trope, and having read the same storyline over and over is tiring.
But this. This. This was the type of predictable that feels brand-new.
I was just giggling throughout the entire book. This book made me feel 300% single, and I’ve been single for approximately 85% of my life.
It’s not ground-breaking. Most entire of the book is a trope, but it was able to keep me awake until 4 in the morning. It made me happy for a few hours of my life, and that deserves a high rank from me.
That spicy chapter is everything, the bonus chapter is combustible.
It’s a diverse cast, funny, and supportive group. It’s amazing.
I have to be honest, I rated this 5-stars on Goodreads. I was high on serotonin from reading the book, but I’ll give it a 4.25 in hindsight.