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Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven

tlhBook: The Love Hypothesis
Author: Laura Steven
Genre: YA Contemporary

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?


My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

This book had such a strange story but I enjoyed reading it so I’m finding it a bit hard to review it. The story is about Caro who feels that no one in school is interested in her so she buys some tablets online that make people become attracted to her. Yes, it’s very strange especially because it’s not just her classmates that become attracted to her but also her teachers which was uncomfortable to read.

I liked the writing of this book, it was so witty and full of humour. Sometimes it’s hard to find books that have exactly the kind of humour you’d find funny because everyone has different types of humour but this book and the other books I’ve read by the same author (The Exact Opposite of Okay) have my kind of humour.

I liked how into science and physics Caro is and I thought that was interesting to read especially the things that Caro talked about in this book, like the matching hypothesis and black holes. I didn’t like Caro herself that much, I felt her opinions and thoughts flipped around a lot and I could never really pin down what she wanted. I do think that a lot of teenagers would relate to Caro’s feelings. I didn’t agree morally with Caro using the tablets and I’m glad that it was called out and recognised.

I liked the friendship in the book and I loved how integral that was to the story, I loved the talk of friendships changing and becoming different as time goes on.

Overall I think this is a hard book to rate simply because there were some very strange elements to this story and I didn’t like Caro and what she was doing but at the same time I loved the writing and the humour of the book and I was intrigued by the story.

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