Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Book Review: Love, in Theory by Elodie Cheesman

 Love, in Theory
Elodie Cheesman

There's an algorithm for everything else, so why not love?

Publication date: 25th May 2021
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Pages: 352
RRP: $32.99AUD
Format read: Paperback
Source: courtesy of the publisher


About the book

When 24-year-old lawyer Romy learns that she is at her 'optimal stopping point' (the mathematically designated point at which one should select the next 'best person' who comes along in order to have the best chance at happily ever after), she knows it's time to get serious about her love life.

Ruthlessly rational, with a belief in data over destiny, Romy knows that reliability and consistency are dependable options, while passion and lust are transitory and only bring pain and disillusionment.

That's why sensible Hans the engineer is the right choice, as opposed to graphic designer James who exhibits the kind of behaviour that has got her into trouble before. Isn't he?
My review
Love, in Theory follows 24 year old law student Romy as she struggles to find 'the one'.
I enjoyed the snippets of  the employment law cases that Romy worked on and how Cheesman put a humorous spin on them.
Romy's mother tells her about a dating theory she had read about based on algorithms, called the optimal stopping theory. Romy goes on Tinder date after Tinder date until she meets Hans who is somewhat staid and very unlike the fun, spontaneous James, but Romy isn't after fireworks, she's after stability. It's clearly a matter of head over heart.

I loved all the mentions of sights and bars around Sydney and being my hometown it was easy to imagine Romy and her friends there. Love, in Theory is a light read, a fun rom-com and I read it at a time when I needed something light, cheery and with a happy ending. In this way it certainly delivered. I will have to say though I think the story would be better appreciated by the under thirties.

Elodie Cheesman has written a delightful debut about the conundrum of dating in the modern era and the old adage of whether to follow your heart or your head.

My rating 3 / 5     ⭐⭐⭐

About the author

Elodie Cheesman grew up in Canberra. She studied law at the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford, and was an Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC at the High Court of Australia. She works as a lawyer in Sydney. Love, in Theory is her first novel.
 Challenges Entered: Australian Women Writers Challenge AWW2021
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  1. Awww this one sounds fun! Maybe a little along the lines of The Kiss Quotient, perhaps? I'm with you in wanting fun, cheery reads right now, so will keep my eye out for this one ;)

  2. Love your review and will be reading the book as soon as its available at my local library.