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The Love Hypothesis

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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 m ...more
Published March 5th 2020 by Electric Monkey
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Alice Oseman
A sweet, funny, and delightfully nerdy queer rom-com about a girl, desperate to gain more romantic attention from her peers, who starts taking some probably dodgy pills off the internet that boost her sex pheromones and make her irresistible to everyone around her. Hilarity plus some sincere discussions about consent, sexuality, and science ensue. Plus some really excellent gay dads. Laura Steven's writing never fails to make me laugh!
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
A lot of my friends love Laura Steven. Like, love x 1000. And yet it's taken me this long to get to one of Laura Steven's books! Guess that happens when you have a wild TBR. But I do see why they love her as an author so much.

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS is funny, sweet and thoughtful. It made me think a lot about myself, actually. I saw various aspects of myself in Caro and Keiko and Gabs, and the dynamics of their friendship were incredibly familiar to the ones I have. And at the heart of it, the nove
Kate (GirlReading)
The Love Hypothesis has a classic rom-com movie feel, without the questionable rom-com movie morals.

I feel like the fact that someone who once literally got 1/60 on a chemistry test loved this book, is enough to convince me anyone will. (Me. I'm that someone. Not a single cell in my body has an aptitude for science…)

I love the way Laura writes. It’s quick in wit, easy flowing and so comfortable to read. Sure, a lot of the scientific aspects went way (and I mean, WAY) over my head but it didn’t m
Zoë ☆
I had SUCH a good time reading The Love Hypothesis, it was so wholesome, cute and funny! 💗🙌🏻 (But to be honest I wouldn’t have expected any less of Laura Steven!) I could relate a lot to the main character in the first part of the book, and I really liked that because I didn’t really expect it to happen in this book! 🙊 Anyway, throughout the book I was a bit annoyed and conflicted with the way the main character handled certain things, BUT the end was absolutely worth it! I really liked how much ...more
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Add this one to your summer pile because it's wholesome, cute, romantic, witty and has an Austrian gay Dad that cannot garden but he's trying his best. The pacing was so good in this, I've been feeling that lately contemporaries stagnate towards the middle as you wait for the inevitable conclusion.

Caro is a great character, this story is just as much about her finding herself and her identity, being comfortable with everything that makes her Caro, as it is about the romance. I loved Caro's cool
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great love story...alright its not REALLY a love story per-say, but a exploration of Caro's burgeoning sexuality and self esteem issues. Throughout the book Caro attempts to analyze love/attraction in her hyper scientific (and genius mind), but its just a loose explanation of her own struggle and feelings. Any time she feels uncomfortable she scientifically analyzes it to make sense, so yes there is quite a bit of science in this story, but that's what makes it so fresh and unique. No ...more
Beth, BooksNest
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I picked up The Love Hypothesis because I needed an easy read that was funny and distracting, this book delivered exactly that! It was light-hearted, easy to follow and made me laugh. The pure absurdity of the plot, but in the best way possible, made me laugh a lot. Caro is a science nerd and I have great respect for the effort Laura Steven put into creating Caro's character, she is well crafted and knows her stuff. I like that we actually saw parts of her knowledge rather than just being told s ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was such a lovely cute read. The aspects of physics made it so interesting and gave it much more depth. I could definitely tell that a lot of research had gone into this book and I actually learned a thing or two about some scientific theory ha! The representation in this book is also a really good thing about it. The main character was so fun and well written and the innuendos added so much more humour. I also liked how the book had some good emotional elements an ...more
Strangely Laura
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man Laura Steven just hits it on the head again!!!!!! Omg. This woman can do no wrong.

This book has everything I needed: awesome but relatable characters. THE REPRESENTATION. Seriously Laura is so good with that. The dads are quite possibly the best thing that has happened to YA Literature in a long time and they win best side character on all fronts.

I am bad at writing reviews but yea YOU SHOULD ALL READ THIS. If you want a nerd who is trying to figure out the science of falling in love, LGBT r
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 stars
Very enjoyable, important themes (such as consent, lqbtq parents, adaption, lgbtq romance) but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. And I can’t really put my finger on why??? Maybe because I found the main character a bit annoying? Idk man
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
HUGE thanks to Penguin Random House South Africa for sending me a review copy of this!!

This was super fun, quirky and cute!! It was the perfect light hearted fluffy and extremely funny read I needed for the weekend!
Here is a list of why you should read it!!
- Gay Girls
- Nerdy Gay Girls
- Niche science references
- Representation of Diverse Family Structures
- Body Positivity
- Hilariously awesome German Gay Dad
- Sex Positivity
- Diverse Cast of Characters
- Honest Exploration of Identity
- Did I me
My Yorkshire Litmosphere
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ahhh this is so cute and fluffy - it would be such a cute 90s teenage romcom movie!

I actually loved this - which is surprising as I am by far the worst human at science...honestly it does not compute with me at all. I adore science but I super struggle with it!

So this was a beautiful book for two reasons: 1. i got a cute AF romcom boom about a girl learning about love and friendship and 2. I got huge sweet amounts of nerdy science info 😂

Honestly if you want a light happy book - this is a cute pl
I have never understood it when people started re-reading a book straight after finishing it, but now I kind of do since I have the urge to do the same.

I love, love, love this. it was absolutely hilarious, because that is just how Laura Steven writes stories, but it was also about so much more. it was about imperfect friendships, insecurities, pressure from society, grief, I could go on.

I recognised myself so incredibly much in Caro's insecurities, that it really got to me at points. it felt li
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven is a heartfelt, funny, and entertaining read. I really, really enjoyed reading this one, and I'm glad I decided to pick it up, after having Laura Steven on my radar for a while now. After reading this, I am definitely interested in reading more of her work.

I loved the parental relationship in this! The relationship Caro had with her two dads was beautiful, and they both had outstanding, quirky, personalities. (Dad reminded me so much of Captain Holt from Brook
Kathy - Books & Munches
Jan 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
So.. uh.. since I adore Laura Steven's sarcasm and innuendos.. I just have to get my hands on a copy of this book okay. HAVE TO.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
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Rebecca Milne
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laura Stevens is an incredible author, there’s no dispute about that. However the change from English to American vibes seems more profound with this book, and the twist ending although very revealing and meaningful for the LGBT theme came out sounding quite forced. I enjoyed the friendship element that Stevens explored as well as the information given about consent and science, as it was both interesting and a good moral reminder. However the names chosen for the characters did confuse me at fi ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 3.75/5

i really wish the author would've at least bothered to give two of the main supporting characters (who were poc) some background because u can't just slap on a latinx/asian name and go about ur day that's not how this works sjsjsjsj 😭
i also think the act was very clearly divided in acts and there wasn't really that much of a smooth transition for caro's character development 🤔
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-women, scribd
Another hilarious book by Laura Steven. I really like her writing because it makes me smile.

The Love Hypothesis follows Caro who buys pheromone pills in a moment of low self-esteem. These pheromone pills work a bit too well and hijinks ensue.

I can recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a comedy you can fly through.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Laura Steven does things right. She manages to use a trope that's so overdone my eyes roll at the thought of it. I mean, who would write a book now and think "You know what this story needs? A love triangle" and actually pulls it off?
The bi rep in this is chef's kiss. It's amazing to be able to read about lgbt characters without having to see them suffer or without making the lgbt aspect the main focus of the story. It's just there. Deal with it. Period.
Like The Exact Opposite Of Okay this book
Emma L.
*** This review could potentially include some spoilers ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars).

I've been stanning Laura and loving her books ever since her debut the exact opposite of okay came out. She has become one of my favourite authors ever and maybe one of my all time favourite persons ever. So when I heard/discovered she was coming out with a new contemporary book in 2020 I screamed of happiness and instantly put it on my most anticipated list of books coming out in 2020. I also bought it immediat
Lisa Bentley
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
So in high school I was pretty nerdy. I didn’t mind and to be fair people didn’t make anything of it. It was at a time when being nerdy wasn’t considered the cook cache that it is nowadays. I worked in the library, I was slightly chubby and I had flaming red hair. I was – what some people would ironically call – a catch. The reason I am giving you this potted history is because if I had been told during my formative years that  I could take a pill that would make people be attracted to me then h ...more
Reuben Thomas
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s a notes one again I’m afraid, writing reviews is just not happening atm.

- Izzy O’Neill has such a distinctive voice, and when you meet Laura Steven you realise there’s an awful lot of Laura in that voice, so naturally I picked this up kind of unconsciously expecting that same voice again, but straight away the narrative established Caro as a different character - while The writing style still hugely appeals to me, I don’t feel like I’m reading another Izzy book, which is definitely a good
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @electricmonkeybooks for kindly sending me a copy of this! I loved it
My thoughts: I loved this read!! It was such a lovely, funny read about Caro trying to understand love. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasions and was just such a fun read . I LOVED and admired Caro so much and loved her friendship with Keiko and Gabriela. I saw so much of myself in Caro and related with her so much as a character. Another fav character was 'Vati' (one of Caro's HILARIOUS dads - hones
Charlotte Burns
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Laura has done it again. This book is amazing. I loved the characters, the story and the brilliant way it explores consent. And I shipped the couple in this so hard.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Laura’s work and this book is no exception. It’s amazing, funny, thought provoking and left me needing more
Sasha Brown
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

Hilarious and heartwarming. I finished this book in one sitting - I could not put it down, I thought the characters were very likeable and the writing was superb. The whole concept was hilarious and I knew as soon as I heard about this book that I had to read it. It was very witty and funny and I just loved this book so so much. Definitely a 5/5 or even a 6/5 if that were possible and I'll for sure be rereading this one at some point.
I'd recommend this book
Thank you Laura
Nicke Pearson
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
When you pick up a new book from an author whose last books were your favourite books of 2019, it has a lot to live upto! But Laura Steven has not let me down! Funny, relatable, heartwarming and full of thoughtful insights, I enjoyed every second reading this book. Brilliant!
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was so hyped for this book, as I loved The Exact Opposite of Okay and A Girl Called Shameless so very much. And The Love Hypothesis it’s just not them. Which is good! But also a bit sad for me. And Caro isn’t as fantastic as Izzy, who speaks to my very soul.

But all that aside, I did really enjoy this! Once I put aside expectations it was easier to fall into the stride and go along with Caro and her mad idea that she nee
Beth Knight
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura is once again offensively hilarious to the point I almost peed myself and then almost got murdered for snort laughing like a lunatic at the denouement of the super tense show my parents were watching.

Seriously, Vati ist eine legende und ich liebe ihn.
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Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut, was published by Egmont in March 2018. The sequel, A Girl Called Shameless, will follow in 2019.

As well as mentoring aspiring authors through schemes like Pitch Wars, Laura works for Mslexia, a non-profit organisation supporting women writers. She graduated with D

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