Book Review: The Love Hypothesis

Reviewed by Nazeha Maryam Jamal 

Olive Smith, a third year Ph.D. candidate finds herself in a ridiculous fake dating arrangement with Dr Adam Carlsen, a young, accomplished and handsome professor at her university. Initially she believes what everyone else at the campus does: that he is “unapproachable and antagonistic”. But gradually she begins to find that there is more to him than his broody, tall self. 

The Love hypothesis is such a feel good, witty and adorable rom com. It's obviously cliched and cheesy but those exact elements made me go gaga over the whole book. I found myself giggling like a little girl at all the “pumpkin spice” and “smart-ass” moments. Judge me if you will but I am a sucker for rom-coms and this just checked all the boxes for me especially because of all the early 2000s vibes. 

The characters and relationships in the book are extremely wholesome.  The friendship between Anh, Olive and Malcom is exactly the kind you need to survive your university life.  Holden, though his role was small, I loved how supportive he was of Adam and his happiness. Olive and Adam were such awkward cutie patooties. Finger hearts for them!  The last scene where he stood up for Olive reminded me so much of Cihan when he defended Haya. 

In conclusion, if you want to get over your reading slump or in the mood for something light and breezy, this is definitely the one for you.


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