Book Review: Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood

Love, Theoretically. Image courtesy Berkley
Love, Theoretically. Image courtesy Berkley /

Ali Hazelwood has the romance awakening for so many. That’s why I was so anxious to start Love, Theoretically.

You might recognize Ali Hazelwood from her debut novel, The Love Hypothesis. She followed it up with 3 STEMinist novellas and another novel, Love On The Brain. While each has gotten mixed reactions, none has superseded The Love Hypothesis.

Unfortunately, I was in the camp of those who didn’t love her debut so when I got an ARC of Love, Theoretically, I was nervous. While I have thoughts, I’d like to first thank Berkley for sending me an early copy to read before release.

With that being said, it’s the moment romance readers and non-romance readers have been waiting for. Love, Theoretically is out in the world and there are plenty of thoughts to be shared about it.

Love, Theoretically is a refreshingly fun romance from Ali Hazelwood.

As I said, I didn’t love Ali Hazelwood’s debut so I was nervous to start Love, Theoretically yet I had no reason to be. The story follows Elsie who is a theoretical physicist and adjunct professor who is also hired to be people’s fake girlfriends. If it sounds a little unbelievable, it is but it’s part of the charm.

It all comes to a head when Elsie comes face-to-face with Jack who is her fake boyfriend’s brother and someone who seemingly destroyed her hopes at a career. Of course, the two are forced together as Elsie is interviewing at MIT and that’s where Jack works so from there, it’s a waiting game.

While the two have some animosity toward each other, it’s so clear they want each other, and watching these two smart idiots fall in love was great. I don’t want to give away too much because I feel like it’s best to go in, not knowing everything. While this was a solid read for me, it wasn’t a perfect read yet it’s easily my favorite Ali Hazelwood I’ve read yet.

That’s not to say I have no complaints about Love, Theoretically. I will say that all of the scientific stuff went over my head. However, I do think upon reading the author’s note, it made sense yet that can offputting to some readers. I also don’t particularly enjoy the way this author writes sex scenes.

Other than that, this was a pretty well-rounded book and a massive surprise for me. I think if you didn’t love her debut, you might end up enjoying Love, Theoretically as I did. Coupled with the cute cover and just downright undeniable connection these two had, you’ll be thinking about Elsie and Jack long after you close the book.

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Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood is out now wherever books are sold.

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