Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood: A Book Review

You know one of those books you've wanted to read for a long time but have yet to get around to? Well, 'Love, Theoretically' by Ali Hazelwood was exactly that for me. Ali Hazelwood has written many books, including 'The Love Hypothesis', 'Love on the Brain' and 'Check & Mate'. I was looking forward to reading 'Love, Theoretically' as I've heard positive thoughts about the book. 

The book Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood

Let's delve into this one:

Elsie Hannaway, a theoretical physicist. She is also an adjunct professor by day. But, by night she offers her services as a 'fake girlfriend' to make up for her non-existent paycheck. She has a pretty sweet deal with her favourite client, Greg as they get on well. However, Greg's brother, Jack Smith, is the brother who has taken an instant dislike to Elsie. 

Elsie realises that her 'fake girlfriend' life and lies may come crashing down when she goes for her dream job where Jack is on the hiring committee. As Greg doesn't know that Elsie is a professor and physicist, will Jack keep her actual life secret?

Elsie also has an instant hatred for Jack as he ruined her mentor Dr Laurendeau's career by publishing an article years earlier undermining theorists everywhere. 

You can see an attraction there, but can Elsie get over her hatred of Jack and his past misgivings? Can she allow herself to be her true self around Jack?

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What are my thoughts on 'Love, Theoretically' by Ali Hazelwood?

I absolutely loved this book and flew through it as I couldn't put it down! I've never read a STEM-themed book before, but I certainly learned a lot of new science-y words throughout!

I loved how Elsie and Jack's relationship developed. From haters to lovers, I loved the gradual build-up of their relationship. On the face of it, Jack is a sulky, intense but intelligent man. However, it was lovely to see Jack's softer side and how he treated Elsie.

You can tell that Elsie is confused about how she feels for Jack. She has so much hatred for him for what he did in the past, but she mellows to him as the book goes on. 

The side characters were great, Jack's brother Greg was a brilliant character. We also see how Greg deals with his asexuality and he is just so nice and an amazing brother and friend! I also loved Elsie's best friend and roommate, Cece, who is in the 'fake girlfriend' business like Elsie. I would love to have Cece as a friend as she tells it straight, a quality I always look for in a friend.

Also, a quick side note, it was great to read about a character talking so openly about their diabetes. Elsie is a type-1 diabetic, and as a diabetic myself, it was great for Ali to have a character with a health condition in the book.

Would I recommend 'Love, Theoretically' by Ali Hazelwood?

Absolutely! This contemporary romance was such a fantastic read. I liked most of the characters, except Elsie's mentor, Dr Laurendeau. You could tell he was a bit of a pr*ck as the book went on, and I'm glad Elsie could see him for what he was in the end. Sorry for the slight spoiler! 


*Trigger Warnings - this book deals with gaslighting, controlling behaviour, sexism and the death of a parent. This book is for over-18s only.

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Have you read this book? I'd love to know your thoughts!

30 comments
  1. I've only just got back into reading this year and am always looking for books to read, but this sounds so good! I'll be adding it to my list of books I want to read!

    Emilia | emiliajosephine.blogspot.com

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    1. That's great to hear that you've gotten back into reading Emilia! I hope you get the chance to read this book, it's so good!

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  2. I have several Ali Hazelwood books on my shelf! I definitely need to finally read them. How open door are her books?

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    1. This is an open door book Courtney, if you can, you definitely need to read them!

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  3. Hi Lucy! I remember when I used to love reading as a child! I could read for hours on end without stopping. I still enjoy reading as an adult, but all I had time for was reading textbooks for school! I think that took the fun out of reading for me a little bit unfortunately! Lol. In any case, this book sounds really interesting! I remember taking a physics class in my high school and then in university! I was hard for sure, especially since I’m not so good at math! How I managed to do well in my physics classes is beyond me! lol. Thanks for sharing this book!

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    1. I was exactly the same Charli, I never stopped reading when I was a child! I used to read Jacqueline Wilson books and I could never put them down.
      I was never a fan of physics in school so fair play to you for taking a class on that subject in school!

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  4. Omg, this book has been on my TBR list for so long, I love Ali's books, especially The Love Hypothesis! This is a sign that I need to go and buy it. Such a lovely review, Lucy! x Penny / whatdidshetype.com

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    1. I really need to read all of Ali's books, including The Love Hypothesis! I'm sure you will fall in love with Love, Theoretically too Penny! x

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  5. This sounds so good, I'm going to add it to my kindle! x

    Gemma Louise

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  6. This sounds like such a good read! I've not read so much recently, but this sounds great! I cna imagine the storyline is very gripping!

    Claire.X
    www.clairemac.co.uk

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    1. This is a great book to read Claire, the plotline definitely had me hooked throughout! x

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  7. I'm not really a romance reader but trying to branch out a little. This sounds like it could be a good place to start x

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    1. I hope you read this one Chloe, it's a good place to start! x

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  8. Think I've got all of Ali's books and I'm still yet to read any! Definitely need to pick them up x

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    1. You need to start reading them when you get the chance lovely! x

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  9. I love this book! Jack is still top on my book boyfriend list. Swoonworthy! x

    erin @ herlittleplans.com

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    1. It is definitely swoonworthy! I didn't like Jack when he was first introduced in the book, but he is definitely boyfriend-worthy by the end of the book! x

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  10. I haven't read any books by Ali Hazelwood, but Love, Theoretically sounds great! One of my favorite tropes is enemies to lovers, so the story does seem like it would be for me. Also, I think it's great when health conditions are represented in books.

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    1. This story is the epitome of enemies to lovers, so I'm sure you'll love it!
      I agree, I like when health conditions are represneted in books, as a diabetic, I loved that diabetes is a part of the book!

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  11. I like the sound of this book. The plot is interesting. I haven’t had the chance to read any books this year. I was thinking of picking a few books. I might give this one a shot.

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    1. You will hopefully love this book as much as I did Sneha!

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  12. I love a good romance book for the summer. Adding this to my pile now!
    Rosie

    https://www.loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. You need to add this to your TBR pile Rosie, I'm sure you will love it!

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  13. This sounds like such a great read! It sounds like it's full of great characters and I love that there's representation for diabetes in there too. I'll definitely be adding this to my reading list, thanks for sharing xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. I love that there's a diabetes representation in this book too Hannah. I like when books talk about someone having a health condition. I'm sure you'll love this book too Hannah! xx

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  14. I've heard nothing but great things about this book and I'm happy you enjoyed it! I'll have to check it out. Thank you for your wonderful review!

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    1. You definitely need to check it out lovely, I'm sure you'll love reading it as much as I did!

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  15. Seems quite interesting. Will try to read it on my Summer book list
    Michelle| https://brokebutflawless.com

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    1. Please add it to your Summer book list, I'm sure you'll love it Michelle!

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