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The Love Hypothesis

Olive Smith, a brilliant but socially awkward astrophysics graduate student, finds herself tangled in a fake-dating scheme with her stern but handsome lab rival, Dr. Adam Carlsen, in the captivating novel "The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood.

  • Rating:
    4.00 out of 5
  • Author: Ali Hazelwood
  • Publisher: Berkley Books
  • Year of Publication: 2021
  • Genre: Romance
  • No of Pages: 384

Summary and Reviews


Olive Smith, a brilliant but socially awkward astrophysics graduate student, finds herself tangled in a fake-dating scheme with her stern but handsome lab rival, Dr. Adam Carlsen, in the captivating novel "The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood. When Olive's best friend, Anh, is set to move to New York, Olive impulsively agrees to be Anh's fake girlfriend for her parents' visit. However, Olive's plan takes an unexpected turn when Anh's parents turn out to be the esteemed Dr. Carlsen and his critical mother.

To maintain the charade, Olive and Adam must navigate the complexities of their fake relationship, all while trying to keep their true feelings for each other under wraps. As they spend more time together, Olive discovers a different side to Adam, one that is kind, compassionate, and surprisingly funny. Adam, in turn, begins to see Olive in a new light, appreciating her intelligence, humor, and genuine nature.

Amidst the chaos of their fake relationship, Olive and Adam embark on a journey of self-discovery, confronting their personal struggles and realizing that love can blossom in the most unexpected places. With humor, heart, and a touch of scientific intrigue, "The Love Hypothesis" explores the transformative power of love, the importance of communication, and the beauty of embracing one's true self.