The Love Hypothesis

The Instant New York Times Bestseller 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 Ph.D. 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.
Show more


400 pages

Average rating: 7.81




Community Reviews

Jul 13, 2024
9/10 stars
Do I know anything about science? No. But did I love these nerds and the tension between them? Yes.
Show more
Jul 04, 2024
7/10 stars
Easy read, I really enjoyed this! Some scenes were 🌶️🌶️ but I wish there was a bit more exploration of pancreatic cancer and about difficulties women in STEM face. I didn’t like the age difference between the main characters, it was like 12 years..💀 which was a bit mad. But overall really enjoyed the book and loved the ending! Looking forward to reading more of her work.
Show more
Jun 19, 2024
8/10 stars
review to come
Show more
Jun 17, 2024
6/10 stars
3.5 stars ★★★★
Warning: there will be minor spoilers

[The Love Hypothesis follows Olive, a PhD student who wants to prove to her best friend that she has moved on and is dating. With no way to prove it, she kisses the first man she sees, which ends up being none other than Dr. Carlsen, known as one of the most unapproachable and critical professors.]

good book but meh the only thing i liked was big man Adam <3 i luv u baby
Show more
Jun 12, 2024
4/10 stars
It’s a little difficult to sum up my thoughts about this one. I was bored - a LOT! It didn’t hold my interest but I did, somehow, manage to get through the whole book after serious thoughts of making this a DNF. I know I’m in the minority here; can’t love everything!
Show more

See why thousands of readers are using Bookclubs to stay connected.