The Love Hypothesis
by Laura Steven
YA Romance, 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?
I read The Exact Opposite of Okay earlier this year and loved it, so I was really excited to get around to this! And of course, it did not disappoint my expectations.
I love Steven’s style of writing. The way she weaves emotion with humour is very clever and very well done. You can get completely hooked into her characters one minute, and the next you’re laughing out loud. Not many books can do that and I feel like Steven captures it really well.
The Love Hypothesis follows the hilarious story of Caro Kerber-Murphy who is desperate to be loved as much as she loves. When she finds pills online that supposedly makes you irresistible to everyone around you, she is desperate enough to try them. But these pills come with all sorts of side effects and she wonders how she’s supposed to balance them with her new life of fame and attraction.
This was a really interesting premise to start with and I think the book did exactly what it said on the tin. Caro is another fantastic character, as well as the cast of very diverse and equally funny side characters! The book raised questions about consent and identity and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I will definitely be moving A Girl Called Shameless up on my TBR! Would definitely recommend this fun contemporary read!