Thursday, February 25, 2021

Book Review: The Love Proof by Madeleine Henry

Pages: 304
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Atria
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars  

Goodreads says, "A brilliant physicist studying the nature of time embarks on a journey to prove that those we love are always connected to us, leading to surprising revelations in this fresh and unique love story.   Sophie Jones is a physics prodigy on track to unlock the secrets of the universe. But when she meets Jake Kristopher during their first week at Yale they instantly feel a deep connection, as if they’ve known each other before. Quickly, they become a couple. Slowly, their love lures Sophie away from school.   When a shocking development forces Sophie into a new reality, she returns to physics to make sense of her world. She grapples with life’s big questions, including how to cope with unexpected change and loss. Inspired by her connection with Jake, Sophie throws herself into her studies, determined to prove that true loves belong together in all realities.  Spanning decades, The Love Proof is an unusual love story about lasting connection, time, and intuition. It explores the course that perfect love can take between imperfect people, and urges us to listen to our hearts rather than our heads."


Sophie and Jake are both freshman at Yale.  Sophie is a brilliant physics prodigy determined to understand time and the universe.  Jake is a scholarship student and has worked very, very hard to get to Yale and his focus is on finance.  Despite their differences, they find themselves attracted to each other and feel an instant connection.  This is all well and good except that Sophie is now distracted from her studies.  The first taste of young love is all consuming and instead of throwing herself into her work, she is now spending all her time with Jake. They share something special, but as time goes on, Jake realizes that their relationship is stifling Sophie and he breaks it off.  He says it is for her own good, but Sophie really struggles with this. Readers start wondering if she will ever rebound. Will she meet her full potential at Yale or squander all of her dreams living in the past with Jake?  Meanwhile through her heartbreak, Sophie continues to examine how love and time are intertwined.  Madeleine Henry's The Love Proof is a smart and unique love story that truly made me think.  

Sophie is an interesting character in The Love Proof. Henry depicts a prodigy very well. I found her backstory to be very interesting, especially her childhood. The way that Sophie thinks about time also is very thought provoking and even if you don't have a background in physics, you can still appreciate her scientific discussions.  So, obviously, The Love Proof is a very academic story.  

Once Sophie meets Jake in The Love Proof, he balances her out in a way that I wasn't sure was even possible. He irons out her quirks and is a calming presence in her life, but the more they get involved, the more Sophie is removed from what makes her brilliant.  Once they do separate, Sophie can't help but feel like they are still connected.  This sends her on a mission to figure out the connection between love, time, and the universe.

Jake is an interesting character in his own right in The Love Proof. While I didn't always agree with his choices, I could understand where he was coming from.  As the years go on, he becomes extremely successful, but he hasn't forgotten Sophie.  I loved how even though there were times they weren't together, it seemed that in some way they were.  Jake was always keeping an eye on Sophie as the years went on, which shows how he is also having trouble forgetting his first love.

If you are looking for a heartfelt read that will make you think, look no further. The Love Proof is probably one of the most intellectual books I've read in a long time and it had me wondering about life and connections right along with Sophie.  

Is this book on your TBR? Have you read The Love Proof? Do you enjoy reading books about love during the month of February? Let me know in the comments below. 




  1. I love reading characters that are involved in STEM. And with a physicist as a main character, I'm definitely curious. Going to add this on my TBR.

    Thanks, Christina!

    1. Then you'd definitely like this one! Thanks for visiting, Joy!


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