"‘What would Marie Curie do’? She’d love this delightfully geeky rom-com."
Is this rom-com hyper realistic? Maybe not. But isn’t that just code for ‘kinda boring’?
For example, do we believe for a single second that the towering green-eyed hunk of an engineering genius Levi reaaaally used to stare at Bee at college because he ‘hated’ her? Of course not! Or, when Bee uses her anonymous @WhatWouldMarieCurieDo Twitter account to have cute DMs with the other smart, funny, kind, woke Twitter anonymous scientist @Schmacademics, does the reader have any doubt about his real identity? Of course not! But does that make it any less delicious to watch the two of them work out all their misunderstandings and mutual obsession with each other? OF COURSE NOT!
There’s so much FUN and JOY and FEMINISM and SCIENCE and GENIUSES and LOVE and CATS in this book. If you are a sciencey nerd, you’ll get an extra level of joy from Hazelwood’s (who is also a scientist herself!) laboratory setting and Star Wars nods – but even simple-minded humanities students like me will get invested in the sexiness of the space-brain research Bee and Levi are collaborating on. I also particularly enjoyed the cute gay subplot (no spoilers as to who they are!) and that both the protagonists are wholesome vegans. Score!
Honestly guys, I really loved this. It made me want to dye my hair Bee purple and research Marie Curie and topple the patriarchy and — vitally — have lots of sex with a gorgeous obsessed-with-me NASA scientist.
Hazelwood’s second book will no doubt be as bestselling and TikTok hyped as her first, The Love Hypothesis was – and it absolutely deserves to be. You’ll race through it as fast as Levi on one of his sexy jogs.
|Romance / Relationship Stories