Friday, January 21, 2022

Book Review: "The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood

Title: The Love Hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Series: "Love Hypothesis" #1
Genre: Romance
Page Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

This is one of those books that I had high expectations for and was hoping it would live up to them. This book has been hyped up an insane amount on BookTok, Bookstagram, BookTube, etc. Basically, I've seen everyone and their mother loving on this book. 

The only thing that was holding me back from this book was that it was Reylo fanfiction originally, which isn't a ship I enjoy much. However, when I finally started the book I found it really easy to forget that fact and to visualize the characters separate from that ship (thankfully). 

The Love Hypothesis was like a warm hug. I felt so good while reading this book the entire time and was able to let all the stresses of the real world fade away. Basically, I loved every moment and wish I had even more. 

One of the best things about it, though, was that I didn't get any secondhand embarrassment. A lot of times in romcoms, there's embarrassing moments that are put in for the humor. I usually cringe a lot because I feel the secondhand embarrassment but that was not the case in this book (and I'm so glad about that). 

The characters were intriguing and their personalities fulfilled one of my favorite tropes: grumpy and sunshine. Their chemistry on page was addicting. Olive and Adam were such an enjoyable pair and I would honestly read a million more books about them if I could. The side characters were also very enjoyable and I would definitely take a book on each of the side characters too. 

The plot, while unrealistic in some parts in my opinion (hello Title IX), was really fun as well. I also find that I quite enjoy romance books where the entire plot isn't focused solely on the romance. While, of course, romance should be the main plot of the book, I much prefer when there are other issues or smaller plot lines happening congruently. This book dealt with a whole range of things and I was incredibly happy that the main conflicts weren't centered around the romance itself. 

Overall, I loved this book. It was a breath of fresh air and I loved every moment of it. I read it in one sitting and cannot wait to reread it in the future. I also am very excited to see what Ali Hazelwood does in her novellas and next steminist novel coming later in the year because I am here for this content. 

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