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Book Review: I read this on Booktok: "Love on the Brain" by Ali Hazelwood

“I’m amazed that my idea was recognized. This shows how low the bar is for cis boys in STEM, doesn’t it?”

One of my favorite books of 2021 was “The Love Hypothesis” by Ari Hazelwood. I was so excited to find out that she has released another book titled ‘Love on the Brain’. But this novel didn’t hit the mark for me.

I, like many readers who are active on BookTok, have read Hazelwood’s blockbuster “The Love Hypothesis.” I loved the characters she created for the book, but it seemed like she was making a second appearance in everything, except for the name “Love on the Brain.” There’s also Bee Koenigswasser, a STEM-loving woman who has to prove her ability to work on a project in the US, and Levi Ward, who is fixated on the main character and is secretly in love with her but feels he can’t. increase. They are her academic rivals, so stay with her.

Hazelwood writes about issues with STEM women and the industry. She writes about her misogynistic colleagues and not being taken seriously. She writes about her STEM women. This is great because I’ve never seen a book with a female STEM protagonist. Her story gave people an insight into her STEM academic side. If I hadn’t read her first book, I would have enjoyed her second novel more.

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The main character, B Koenigswasser, was a failure for me. She was supposed to be a huge intellectual, but she was too insane.She did many things that I don’t think fit her character. For example, she forgot her keys in the cemetery, which made her seem unintelligent, but she wasn’t. She was bad at communicating and she kept talking about her “feud” with Levi Ward all the time. If her actions were more thought out, I think she would have become a stronger character.

Love interest, Levi Ward, has also leveled off. He looked too much like the love interest in “The Love Hypothesis”. They were both said to be experts in their respective fields, didn’t know how to express their emotions, and were tall.

Bea spoke extensively about the “WurstFest” and other more provocative ways to discuss men. I loved that Bee loved Curie and had a blog dedicated to her, but a lot of the information about Curie didn’t fit the story. I learned a lot. All the references to Curie didn’t add much to the character’s development.

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The book also contains misleading language, which I dislike. Because it usually he can resolve in one minute conversation to avoid confrontation. The book’s misunderstandings are frustrating because the characters are able to solve the problem with her one conversation. If a novel revolves around this misunderstood trope, the book is poorly written in my opinion. The novel feels lazy when the author does this. Because the misunderstanding feels like the author exists only to keep the story going.

I know humans can’t communicate well, but in this novel it was outrageous. I had to stop reading several times because I was frustrated by the characters not talking to each other about obvious issues.

I understand the book is labeled “Modern Romance”, but many of the modern touches felt like they were trying too hard not to feel familiar.Harry Potter was mentioned in the first chapter, and this seemed like something that would have to show how quirky most modern books are. , this book was not one of my favorites.

All in all, I’ve rated this book 2 out of 5 stars. There were aspects I enjoyed, such as the STEM angle, but there were more things I didn’t like about the book than I liked, dragging out the story and giving me a seizure.

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Kelly Marry (she/her) is a freshman majoring in journalism and public relations. She loves reading and traveling in her free time.