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The Love Hypothesis

Written by: Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by: Callie Dalton,Teddy Hamilton
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Publisher's Summary

Now see Adam pine for Olive in a special bonus chapter!  

The Instant New York Times Best Seller and TikTok Sensation!

As seen on The View!

A BuzzFeed Best Summer Read of 2021

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

As a third-year PhD 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.

©2021 Ali Hazelwood (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

An Indie Next Pick!

"A literary breakthrough…The Love Hypothesis is a self-assured debut, and we hypothesize it's just the first bit of greatness we'll see from an author who somehow has the audacity to be both an academic powerhouse and divinely talented novelist."—Entertainment Weekly

“Contemporary romance's unicorn: the elusive marriage of deeply brainy and delightfully escapist...The Love Hypothesis has wild commercial appeal but the quieter secret is that there is a specific audience, made up of all of the Olives in the world, who have deeply, ardently waited for this exact book.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author 

“Funny, sexy and smart, Ali Hazelwood did a terrific job with The Love Hypothesis.”—Mariana Zapata, New York Times bestselling author 

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What listeners say about The Love Hypothesis

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  • Fay
  • 2022-01-24

Cute story

Loved the book but the Canada references made me cringe. So stereotypical. The author makes a major city like Toronto (equivalent to New York) sound like the Arctic. I was just waiting for her to mention that the protagonist lived in igloo and dog sled to school as a child.

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emotional damage

Loved it so much. Cried for a whole day after finishing it because I realized a man like Adam Carlsen does not exist. And even if he did exist I probably wouldn't end up with him. Set my expectations for men even higher. 10/10 for the emotional damage, 9/10 for the spice, and 100/10 for the wholesome-ness of both characters.

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My Favourite Rom-Com of the Year

I loved this audiobook. The situations the MC finds herself in are so ridiculous it goes beyond cheesy (as her BF says "it's like a bad YA novel"), the side characters are people you'd want to be your friends, and the male lead is swoon-worthy. The MC is likeable, grows throughout the novel and learns to rescue herself. The narrator was great for the female lead, and she did a good job with all of the side characters.

I read some critiques about how low the MC's self-confidence is, and she does struggle to see her own worth. Unfortunately, that is a problem many young women face, so it didn't take away from the story for me. I graduated from engineering with a minor in science, and really appreciated how the author brought out the struggles of women in STEM.

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Not bad but narration was off-putting

the narrating seemed very stiff and unnatural. The tone or pitch of her voice not ideal, reminds me of that old valley girl tone but also computer generated in a way. Interesting enough storyline.

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best book I've read all year!!! it made me laugh out loud and never want to stop reading about Adam and Olive

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I love it but…

Don’t get me wrong I loved this book. But there was some things just too frustrating about the withholding of information that could’ve moved the story along more smoothly. Besides that, I think this was a great beginning to the women in stem series. I’m so happy that books like this now exist, getting to fall in love with the characters and feel the emotions like we’re experiencing them ourselves.

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DNF at <2hrs remaining.

TL;DR Mmc and fmc suck. They spend almost the whole book holding back from telling each other how they feel and then ~tension~ ensues.

I don’t understand all the 4+ reviews. Fmc has no confidence and so so so much time in this book is spent reading/listening to her self doubt. Also she’s dumb AF honestly I just couldn’t anymore, I mean at some points it’s just like come ON. Rather than give mmc depth in personality we got to read about his body - shoulders, biceps over and over. So much of this book is the “buildup” but has little depth to it - aka they both like each other but hold back from discussing for extremely dumb reasons.

I like that the author involved diversity and women in STEM but IMO very little about BIPOC experience in STEM was explored, other than some general mentions. Missed opportunity since I learned all about pancreatic cancer, and every single shitty thought fmc thinks about herself on repeat.

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Pretty cute

Not going to lie, I 100% bought this book because it is a Reylo fan-fiction. Though it didn't take place in a galaxy far far away, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. An adorable little love story. Definitely a little corny and predicable, but I still enjoyed it very much.

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Such an Incredible Read!

I bought this title on a whim after seeing a random booktok video and damn, it did NOT disappoint. You can really feel the author's background in academia and absolute passion for writing in this book. This story is very aware of its use of romance tropes and makes fun of itself while still managing to make those same tropes feel new and exciting. If you're a fan of romance, nerdy humor, grumpy boys, and science, please pick up this book! You will love it!

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laughed a lot

at first I struggled with the narrator but realized it was because I had the reading set a little slower than usual. I felt it was a little repetitive in the beginning. but overall I loved the book! Great characters, way to touch on so many subjects that don't get talked about very much! loved it! and chapter 16 was very well put together 😉

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  • Lucy C
  • 2021-09-14

Funny. Snarky. Intelligent. Real.

I devoured the book in one day (in-between family gatherings and kids). I couldn't put it down.

Then a few days later I inhaled the audiobook. GOD I adore Callie Dalton. Hands down my favorite female narrator (not an intentional nod to Mariana Zapata but I'll leave it there to honor the slow burn queen 😂)

Olive is the best kind of mess. She's frazzled from her PhD. She's grieving the loss of her mother to pancreatic cancer (which is fueling her research into easier/cheaper screening methods). She adores her friends and will do anything for them... which is how she ends up kissing Dr Adam Carlson.

Adam is the resident grump/beast - instilling fear into graduate students (but all in the name of scientific excellence, of course). He agrees to a mutually beneficial fake dating relationship with Olive after the whole kissing-incident.

Both Olive and Adam are navigating the challenges and obstacles of academia in their own unique ways - research, funding deficits, grants... i.e. lots of work, questionable returns. But science! Meanwhile juggling their fake-relationship and not at all (!!!) catching feelings.

Cancer is a near and dear topic to me (my mum died of cancer and i am currently fighting cancer) so I was gut punched during several scenes that this was discussed.

The banter and incredible one-liners in this story are perfection. Funny. Snarky. Intelligent. Real.

The relationship between each character and their individual friends is beautiful. The development of their relationship together feels *just so good*.

Read if: you're traumatized from academia and/or a STEM nerd, if you love Mariana Zapata & Helen Hoang, if you love sharp and funny banter, if you like a delicious slow burn with a fun twist on some classic tropes, if you're wild for sunshine/grumpy books.

I'm so so excited to see this book climb the bestseller list. I know its going to be (frankly it already is) a total hit.

Overall score: 5++ (this is my new bible. I will study it religiously)
Smut score: 3.5/5 (slow burn, explicit but not super kinky other than *one* thing that had me going "ohhhh" 🥵🌶)

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  • Lynn
  • 2021-09-15

frustrating

I was looking for a light funny romance because I love a good love story and sometimes I just don't have the energy for anything heavy. This book was so frustrating because the storyline follows what happens after the F MC tells lie after lie, after lie, after lie, after lie! She was just so weak that she could never reveal the truth to the M main character. The author is smart so why give us a whimpering, indecisive lead F? There was an HEA, which I always need, but it took so long to get there, and it wasn't fulfilling.
Side note, I love this narrator and the side characters were hilarious.
Would I recommend this book? Not if I want my friends to value my book opinions.

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  • Virginia Bosio
  • 2021-09-15

Such a frustrating plot

I wish I could enjoy this book but honestly I just felt frustrated with the characters the entire time. It had incredibly adorable scenes but the entire conflict is just miscommunication/lack of communication so I it gets to the point where you just want the book to end.

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  • Catherine
  • 2021-10-02

So cute and frustrating at the same time..

There is so much to love about this book. It’s a very cute story and most of the characters are great. The dialogue and witty banter is fun to read. Then… somewhere in the middle of the story, you start to get super frustrated that the lead is so naïve and wimpy. The lead character gets neon signs thrown in front of her face over and over and then somehow works up a mental story to ignore everything. It’s not very believable and gets annoying after awhile. I got to the point where I just wanted it to be over. I liked the story enough that I wanted to finish the book but was ready for the hea.

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  • Jessica Leigh
  • 2021-09-21

Absolutely perfect.

Please tell me she has more books… Its like the Frasier of romance novels. You don’t understand the highbrow joke but you know it’s supposed to be funny.

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  • Nikki
  • 2021-12-25

What on Earth was this?

Thank God I grew up in the age of Nicholas Sparks writing romance novels, because good grief these new romances are weak. I blame 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight for this narrative of wimpy weak women getting the attention of genius, headstrong, independent, powerful men. Olive is 26 years old and doesn't have the faintest idea about love. Did she live in a shell her entire life? She watches rom-coms with her roommates on the weekends and you mean to tell me she can't recognize when a guy has a thing for her? My problem with Olive is that she plays the victim too much. She thinks she's underserving of love, attention and even friendship. I hate when she complains that everyone around her either dies or leaves; the "everything I touch gets destroyed." And as for Adam, he really couldn't find anyone else? I'm certain Academia pumps out some brilliant and sensible wifey material. Beyond that, the story had potential but please let go of the smart guy preys on dumb girl storyline. It gives the rest of us a bad name.

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  • SeattleGirl
  • 2021-09-15

A new favorite author!

I adore this book and am pleased to find a new author for my favorites list. Ali Hazelwood's insights into romance while ensconced in academia are so spot on, I absolutely loved it! Callie Dalton is an excellent narrator, which is such a wonderful pairing for this author. A+

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  • VoraciousReader34
  • 2021-09-29

Amazing!!

I was so engrossed from the very beginning that I didn't want to stop listening! This will be a favorite!

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  • Brett B
  • 2021-09-21

Delightful!

My short and sweet review: Every aspect of The Love Hypothesis is wonderful — the characters, the story, the narration. I only wish I could listen to this book again for the very first time.

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  • Maridee
  • 2021-09-29

Best book I have read in years!

I ordered this book because of tiktok like most people. amazingly it was even better than all of the reviews. it is hands down the best book I have bread and quite some time. There was never a dull spot. I laughed, I antagonized, it just held my attention through the whole book. I would recommend this book to anyone who actually wants to feel amazing about the book you just read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-04-15

Anticlimactic

It's a slowburn, very slow.
But it's cute.
Considering the reylo fanfic it was, it's not that bad. I think it's hyped too much Ed on booktok

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  • Emilia
  • 2022-09-06

the hype is worth it!

it was so good! I finished in one day. I couldn't put it down! it's truly relatable and olive is so funny! and Adam... omg! his moodiness is so incredibly sexy! this book is the highlight of my reading experience this year! the best romcom I have read this year!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-07-18

trivial

The plot is boringly banal and predictable, the dialogues and narration are long and artificial.