Life is filled with hypotheses, but there is only one way to test them… Living.



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.


This book is a Romcom, the kind I enjoy reading and watching.🥰 First of all, I love the narrative pattern of this book, and how each chapter begins with a hypothesis about the protagonist’ love life or choices she would have to make in the chapter. Olive Smith, the protagonist, is a 26 year old graduate student of Biology at Stanford University, who is unsure of herself and capabilities. She’s researching on pancreatic cancer for her thesis, because she lost her mother to the sickness and wants to create its awareness and also know more about it.
Having an academia setting, this book centers on the lives of P. HD students, particularly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) so it has lots of science jargons.

You can fall in love: someone will catch you.

Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis.

When Olive’s best friend Anh, falls in love with her ex boyfriend Jeremy, Olive must make the greatest decision of her life.
As a friend who values her friendship dearly, she decides to create an imaginary relationship for herself, just to make her best friend feel less awkward and go ahead and date her ex. Olive wants Anh to go on with her own life and date whomever she wants to, and not hold back even if the potential boyfriend is her (Olive’s) ex boyfriend.
But her little, white lie turns into something grand, something fiery, something unexpected. She accidentally drags Dr. Adam Carlsen, the handsome, sexy, hot Professor of theirs into the equation.

Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man.

Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis.


The little, white lie will become more interesting, when Adam, the antagonistic and unfriendly Professor decides to play a part in that game. I didn’t know Adam possesses the ability to lose his cool, to create a scene and even violate one of his strongest principles, till an opportunity presents itself for him to. And I really really loved that scene, you know, seeing him lose his cool for once.
Hazelwood has a way with words. You would definitely laugh more often than you’ll feel any other emotion. It’s gripping, interesting, educative and gives everything a romantic comedy is supposed to give.
Apart from some scientific jargons here and there, it was a great read for me, and I deeply enjoyed it.

“I’m going to kill you,” he gritted out, little more than a growl. “If you say another word about the woman I love, if you look at her, if you even think about her – I’m going to fucking kill you.

Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis.

However, the story wasn’t all smooth and fun journey for me. At some point I felt bored, because I’d already known how everything would play out. Maybe it was because of my years of watching and reading Romcoms, or maybe it was because the book was boring at some point. But it was predictable for me. I’d already known what would happen when Olive and Adam started fake dating. And once I discovered Adam’s character, how antagonistic and rigid he is, I knew at once that what happens at the end would happen.

I’m starting to wonder if this is what being in love is. Being okay with ripping yourself to shreds, so the other person can stay whole.

Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis.

But in all, it’s still worth the read. It’s a great romance book for all my fellow romance lovers and I would highly recommend it. I also loved the explicit sex scene 😎 it’s always the highlight of every romance book, isn’t it? Well, go get your own copy and enjoy this beautiful romance book. I’ll rate it as 3.8/5

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