The Love Hypothesis by Ali Book Review

Book description

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. 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.


Thoughts and Themes: I hardly will pick up a romance book just because I get all embarrassed and awkward when I am reading them. I kept seeing this all over Tik Tok and eventually I had to pick it up. This is one that I am going to want to listen to over and over again, and will need to get myself a physical copy of.

I honestly loved this one not just for all the tropes that this book covers but also for the nerdy science stuff that is included. The science plot was really what drew me into the book because I am a science nerd. There were so many moments that I was just squealing internally because of how cute the whole thing was.

I have so many feelings about this book that I just can’t articulate into coherent thoughts. This book had me laughing out loud, crying, and just grinning at so many things. I really loved the conversations that happen between Olive and Adam, and how witty all of his remarks are.

Characters: In this book you get to meet Olive and Adam who are the main characters of this story. You also get introduced to some of Olive’s friends, Adam’s friend, and other students at the school.

This is the first book with a main character that is hinted at being demisexual that I have read and that made a big difference for me. As soon as this was hinted at, I feel even more in love with Olive and the book because here was a part of me in a book that I never see.

I really love how different Adam is with Olive, and how he isn’t so much of an @$$ when he is with her. I liked how the whole fake dating thing between them started because they were both going to benefit from that arrangement.

Writing Style: This book is written in third person through Olive’s perspective which I really enjoyed. I was a bit worried when I first started listening to this book because I’m not always a fan of third person but this one works.

I really liked the narrator of this story as well because there was a clear difference when each character was speaking. It was easy to listen to and follow along as well which is so important for me when listening to an audiobook.

Author Information

From Ali Hazelwood’s website

My favorite thing in the world is to explore traditional romance tropes—and to picture how they’ll play out in academic settings.

Rival scientists falling in love despite their better judgement?

There’s only one cot in the lab?

Fake dating during faculty meeting?

Sign me up!

I’m originally from Italy, lived in Japan and Germany, and eventually moved to the US to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I recently became a professor, which absolutely terrifies me. Oh, the sheer dread of being entrusted with the care of young minds!

When I’m not at work you can find me binge-watching shows with my feline overlords (and my slightly less feline husband), running, or eating candy.

Oh, and I’m a New York Times Bestselling Author.

I’m represented by the amazing Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Asexual Week Book Recommendations

Happy Asexual Awareness Week!

Now that I’ve decided to write post with book recs depending on what is being celebrated at that time I decided I wanted to write a list for Asexual week. For more information about Asexual week and Asexuality you can click here and here.

In a brief summary of those pages

Asexuality is a sexual orientation where a person experiences little to no sexual attraction to anyone and/or does not experience desire for sexual contact. This includes the following orientations: Asexual, Gray-asexual and Demisexual.


Romantic attraction is seperate from sexual attraction, since it does not always involve a desire to engage in sexual activity with another person. Aromanticism exists on a spectrum which includes a range of identities with varying levels of romantic attraction, such as grayromantic and demiromantic.

I struggled with finding books to recommend to you all seeing as not many have Asexual representation or they don’t blankly state it. Now I haven’t read all of these so I can’t say if the representation is good or not but I wanted to be able to rec something rather than nothing.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


Darcy Patel is afraid to believe all the hype. But it’s really happening – her teen novel is getting published. Instead of heading to college, she’s living in New York City, where she’s welcomed into the dazzling world of YA publishing. That means book tours, parties with her favorite authors, and finding a place to live that won’t leave her penniless. It means sleepless nights rewriting her first draft and struggling to find the perfect ending… all while dealing with the intoxicating, terrifying experience of falling in love – with another writer.

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, the thrilling story of Lizzie, who wills her way into the afterworld to survive a deadly terrorist attack. With survival comes the responsibility to guide the restless spirits that walk our world, including one ghost with whom she shares a surprising personal connection. But Lizzie’s not alone in her new calling – she has counsel from a fellow spirit guide, a very desirable one, who is torn between wanting Lizzie and warning her that…


In a brilliant high-wire act of weaving two epic narratives – and two unforgettable heroines – into one novel, Scott Westerfeld’s latest work is a triumph of storytelling.

Their Troublesome Crush by Xan West

In this queer polyamorous m/f romance novella, two metamours realize they have crushes on each other while planning their shared partner’s birthday party together.

Ernest, a Jewish autistic demiromantic queer fat trans man submissive, and Nora, a Jewish disabled queer fat femme cis woman switch, have to contend with an age gap, a desire not to mess up their lovely polyamorous dynamic as metamours, the fact that Ernest has never been attracted to a cis person before, and the reality that they are romantically attracted to each other, all while planning their dominant’s birthday party and trying to do a really good job.

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller 

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.