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The Love Hypothesis Review

Day 7 of #PrideLibrary20.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven

Cover image of The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven.

Physics genius Caro Kerber-Murphy knows she’s smart. With straight As and a college scholarship already in the bag, she’s meeting her two dads’ colossal expectations and then some. But there’s one test she’s never quite been able to ace: love. And when, in a particularly desperate moment, Caro discovers a (definitely questionable) scientific breakthrough that promises to make you irresistible to everyone around you, she wonders if this could be the key. What happens next will change everything Caro thought she knew chemistry – in the lab and in love.

Is her long-time crush Haruki with her of his own free will? Are her feelings for her best girl friend some sort of side-effect? Will her dog, Sirius, ever stop humping her leg?

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The Love Hypothesis is a fresh and intelligent take on YA contemporary. While some of the plot lines and ideas were a bit out there, overall it was a very fun and upbeat novel with plenty of humour. What I loved most about The Love Hypothesis was how boldly it incorporated science into the storyline, and how the main character was depicted as seriously smart with examples to boot rather than just describing her as so. As a previously very nerdy high schooler I loved reading about a man character who wasn’t afraid to excel in class and stand out as an A* student.

This story leads the main character on a journey of discovery, it’s a novel about questioning her sexuality and figuring out if there’s a label that suits the way she feels, although this does happen much later into the novel and isn’t really discussed until then. The rep in this novel is quite refreshing, Caro’s personality is very carefree and she glides through a very short questioning period before realising what is right in front of her. I like to read variations of all kinds of rep, so The Love Hypothesis was an enjoyable experience.

Laura Steven’s humour definitely isn’t for everybody unfortunately, I wasn’t such a fan of her first novel The Exact Opposite of Okay, but the humour definitely works well in The Love Hypothesis. Although teenage me would have cringed so hard at most of the jokes in this book, there’s plenty of teen girls that will relate to the humour and see themselves reflected in the main character. Laura Steven even manages to include important discussions about consent and the consequences of using science for the wrong reasons.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique Summer read, then I would definitely suggest The Love Hypothesis. If you enjoy carefree characters steeped in outrageous humour, then Caro’s story is the one for you!

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