Title: The love hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publisher: Berkley Books
My Rating: 10/10
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The love hypothesis
Olive is a third-year PhD candidate at Stanford but she never really had a serious relationship. When she finds out that her best friend Anh likes Jeremy, a guy she used to date, she tries to convince Anh that it is okay if she wants to date him. Anh does not believe her, so Olive lies about going on a date. But on the same night, she left her lab and was spotted by Anh. Olive panics and kisses the first guy she sees: professor Adam Carlsen. They both agree to fake dating for their reasons.
The love hypothesis was one of the most popular books of 2021. And because of that, I was too afraid to buy it and read it. My expectations were too high and I was afraid it would let me down. But I started 2022 very brave by buying this book. It was not my first read of the year, because I decided to read ‘A very Perry Christmas’ first. But it was the second book of 2022 and oh my god! I have so many feelings and thoughts about this book.
I don’t even know where to start. Yes, my expectations were extremely down, but this book did not let me down at all. I think this book is going to be one of my favourite books of 2022. Yes, I know that already. But it was that good! The hype around this book is understandable to me. Sometimes it takes a while before you start liking a book. Normally the first chapter is always pretty slow and you are just getting to know the characters. But this book was different. I was hooked from page 1. It made me happy immediately and I also knew that this book was going to be special.
I finished this book in two or three days. I don’t have a lot of time to read because I have other things to do too. But I was not interested in doing other things when I started to read this book. I just couldn’t put it down. Most of the time I read right after I come home at 8 pm until I fall asleep. But I did not want to go to bed at all. I wished I could finish it in one day. It was the last thing I thought about before I fell asleep and the first thing I thought about in the morning. So I decided to create more time so I could finish it.
I don’t think there is one single thing about this book I did not like. Okay, maybe this one character was an ass-hole. No wait, he was an ass-hole. The rest was just perfect. It was the right combination of romance, humour and cuteness. And I fell in love with Adam as well (Sorry, Olive). I also liked the fact that Adam Carlsen was half-Dutch. I am Dutch too, so it was pretty funny to find a few Dutch sentences in this book. But Ali, if you are reading this. Not every Dutch person likes Herring (especially not for breakfast, how gross is that?) and tulips. I know we are kind of famous for that, but that was stereotypical. Not that it insulted me anyway.
I am not even sure how I start a new book after this. I think it is a good thing, I have to go to work in an hour so I can process this book before I can start reading something new. Ali, thank you for this amazing book! Hope you will write more books in the future. Because I am going to read them.
There is not one single reason why you shouldn’t read this book, especially if you like to read about fake dating and romance. I hope that I will read more of these kinds of books in 2022 because my soul needs them. And I think I’ve never done it before, but I am giving it a 10 out of a 10.