Audiobook Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Posted February 10, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, Uncategorized / 23 Comments

The Love Hypothesis
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by Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date February 3, 2022
Published by Penguin
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Romance / Workplace
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge

The Instant New York Times Bestseller and TikTok Sensation!

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A BuzzFeed Best Summer Read of 2021

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

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.

My Review:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazlewood was better than I was expecting, and I was expecting a LOT.  Seems everywhere I went, and every blog I read, raved about this book, so I had very high expectations.  The Love Hypothesis exceeded these expectations,  I just loved this book so much.  

Olive Smith is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University and her life revolves around her work.  She doesn’t believe in love and lasting relationships and is happy living and working as a single woman and finishing up her Ph.D.  But, getting pressure from her friend Ahn, she impulsive kisses Dr. Adam Carlsen, a young professor who is known for his harsh feedback and lack of compassion.  In order to keep her friends satisfied she’s happy, she asks Dr. Carlsen to be her fake boyfriend, and is surprised when he immediately agrees.  As they pretend to date, sparks fly and they start to have real feelings for each other. 

First, I love books about brainy women.  Back when I was younger and was reading a lot of romance, we just didn’t see women like Olive in books anywhere.  I’m just so happy to see books with intelligent women who are serious about their careers and don’t need a man to make them whole.  

Second, I like a book where each of the protagonists grows together and enhances each other’s lives.  Adam is very closed off and has issues of his own, and by being with Olive, his life and personality come to life.  The transformation of both of these characters was a joy to read about.  

I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed the narration.

I highly recommend The Love Hypothesis to everyone who loves a great romance. 

About Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood is a multi-published author—alas, of peer-reviewed articles about brain science, in which no one makes out and the ever after is not always happy. Originally from Italy, she lived in Germany and Japan before moving to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She recently became a professor, which absolutely terrifies her. When Ali is not at work, she can be found running, crocheting, eating cake pops, or watching sci-fi movies with her two feline overlords (and her slightly-less-feline husband).

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23 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

  1. I’m sure this is not what most people think about when they approach this book, but I have to ask, was Adam her professor or mentor? That would be a real problem in academia.

  2. Yep, this was sooo good! One of my favorites of 2021. I love Callie Dalton as a narrator! I need to do a re-read by audio soon. Thrilled you loved this one, too, Wendy!

  3. I’m glad this not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded it. I hope I have the same experience. I just got this from the library, and I’m so excited to read it!

  4. I’ve seen a lot of reviews on The Love Hypothesis too and it’s so good to hear it’s earned the hype. It’s on my TBR. Excellent review!