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In her second novel, Ali Hazelwood delivers a heartfelt romance filled with science, hate and love. “Love on Brain” brings out fresh, developed characters that shine in her writing. 

Bee Königswasser lives by one simple rule; what would Marie Curie do? She lands the opportunity of a lifetime when offered to lead a neuro-engineering program at NASA. The only problem is that her co-lead will be Levi Ward, who also happens to be her archnemesis from grad school. 

While working on their project at NASA, there are a few hurdles that Bee has to jump through. Surprisingly, she finds an ally in Levi. As the story progresses, Bee finds out how many things she and Levi have in common, and that maybe things aren’t always as they seem. 

While Bee asks and answers the question ‘what would Marie do?’ multiple times during the book, When it comes down to being vulnerable and opening her heart up, the only question that matters is ‘what would Bee do?’

This is an enemies-to-lovers story with sprinkles of miscommunication.  There are quite a few tropes in this book, such as forced proximity (they have to work together), but it’s most prominent is the trope Hazelwood is known for, the pinning man. No one quite writes a pinning man like Hazelwood. 

Hazelwood delivers a hilarious, heartwarming story. This STEMinist Rom-Com is sure to bring a smile to your face. With witty banter, Star Wars references, cats, veganism and getting locked in a cemetery, ‘Love on Brain,’ is a fun and well-written novel. 

The book walks a fine line and talks between important topics such as GTRE testing, misogyny in the workplace and how terrifying it can be to open up your heart to someone, while also being a light-hearted rom-com. It balances t beautifully. 

After being in one of the longest reading slumps, ‘Love on Brain’ was a book that managed to pull me in for the whole ride. I immensely enjoyed reading this novel and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for a wholesome read that will pull you in with all its might, this book is it. 

This novel makes for a perfect, light-hearted read as we start the second half of the semester. I leave below a lyric and a quote from the book parallels in hopes to convince you to read the book, f I haven’t already.

“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can, Wondering if I’d get there quicker If I was a man.” – The Man, Taylor Swift 

“If there is one thing men hate more than a smart woman, it’s a smart woman who makes her own choices when it comes to her own sex life.”
TW [mild spoilers]: Death of Parents in a car accident [in the past], death of a friend in a rock climbing accident [in the past], workplace sexism and misogyny, seizure disorder in children, firearm and life-threatening situations [don’t worry they come out alright], mentions of workplace harassment, explicit scenes and cursing.

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